All due respect to "Time After Time," but the typical high school dance playlist has us feeling a little sleepy. DJing is a serious business, particularly for a night as highly anticipated as prom. You want to set the right balance between songs people like to dance to with their friends, crowd favorites, and, of course, the obligatory slow dances. We set out to create a 10-track playlist to get you in the mood for prom, and maybe to inspire some DJ booth requests, as well. Listen to it while you're browsing websites looking for the perfect dress, while you're testing our that flawless celeb-inspired beauty look, or when you're packing up your prom survival kit before heading out to the dance. Even better, dance around your room to these songs in your PJ's and prom shoes—you want to make absolutely sure those bad boys are broken-in when it comes time to break it down on the dance floor.
SKY FERREIRA - "EVERYTHING IS EMBARRASSING"
One of the "It" songs of the year, Sky Ferreira's "Everything is Embarrassing" is a great ice-breaker. You're a little nervous to get out there on the floor and start just breaking it down, and you DEFINITELY don't want to start with a slow jam. Might as well just acknowledge the fact that you're feeling a little bashful, own it, and get on out there.
Before we say anything else, we need to tell you about something SUPER exciting happening TONIGHT. Jessie Ware, the British crooner responsible for such songs as "Wildest Moments" and "Sweet Talk," is playing MTV's Artist to Watch Live in New York City, and you can watch it via livestream right here on MTV.com at 9 PM EST. It's going to be great, and you're going to absolutely fall in love with Jessie, if you haven't already, that is. We've been head over heels for her soulful sound AND her signature style ever since we first came across her calling her a rising style star last month for her love of crop tops and wearing pants on the red carpet. We're beyond excited for you to get a chance to get to know her too, which is why we sat her down and had a quick chat about some of her favorite style items, where she gets them, and who she's sweating sartorially.
Thanks to her soulful breakout singles like "Wildest Moments" and "Running," by now everyone should be very well acquainted with the vocal powerhouse that is Jessie Ware (if not, get schooled here!). But something else that you should know about our latest Artist To Watch is that the London singer has an elegant style that perfectly complements her honey-smooth sound, and this is why we're naming her our newest Rising Style Star.
Jessie Ware at the Brit Awards 2013, at the Brit Awards nomination announcement, and at the Mercury Prize Awards in 2012.
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Proving that you don't always have to OD on glitter or rock rainbow wigs to necessarily make a statement, Jessie sticks to low-key red carpet staples with a quiet power. One consistent thread running through many of her outfits over the past year is not-so-basic black, like that effortlessly cool crop top number by Miu Miu she sported to this year's BRIT Awards. The bedazzled sleeves lend the outfit a touch of opulence, the flash of midriff gives it edge, and the long skirt keeps the look from swaying too far into belly dancer territory. Something else we've noticed: the 27-year-old tends to choose long, ankle-to-floor-skimming silhouettes, like the white floral embellished dress she wore to the BRIT Awards nominations and the sophisticated cut-out gown she rocked at the Mercury Prize Awards. There's no denying that Jessie has impressively mastered the formal fash thing in record time, but when she's NOT collecting prizes left and right (which is becoming rarer and rarer these days), chances are the singer has slipped into her off-duty uniform of tailored pants and classic blouses.
Rita Ora, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith and Jessie Ware at the 2013 Brit Awards.
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With awards show season in full throttle and Fashion Week looming, it's easy to get swept up in all the excitement stateside and forget that there's a whole OTHER style game happening across the pond. Luckily last night we got a major reminder of the fashionable crew overseas, since some of our favorite U.K. musicians turned out at the 2013 Brit Awards— and looked amazing at that. Let's start with Rita Ora, who was somehow simultaneously easygoing AND glamorous in her Diane von Furstenberg gown. The sequined embellishment might make this dress red carpet-appropriate, but the high-cut leg, the fishtail braid and Rita's hot pink lips really cement the outfit's cool factor.