The lights are dim, the room is laden with neon streamers, and you're making sexy eyes (or something like that) at your crush with the frosted tips. Ah, romance in the 2000s. For those of us who had at least a portion of our adolescence in the decade, it was a primo time to hope you'd fall in love on the dance floor to your favorite turn-of-the-millennium ballad (and then use it in a LiveJournal post that night). Of course, there were natural staples for slow dances in the 2000s, no matter what the occasion was.
It's true — from homecoming to prom night, from bat mitzvahs to that first wedding where you managed to grab some appletinis at the open bar, they all include distinct memories connected to the same goddamn songs. And now, some of them have even morphed into nostalgic standards. Which is great, if you love attending your college roommate's engagement party and having them play something that reminds you of the first time someone grabbed your butt through some taffeta monstrosity. Sigh.