In August 1998 I had my bat mitzvah along with the other 25 or so 7th graders at the Alperin Schechter Day School in Providence, RI. Along with a few rousing rounds of Coke and Pepsi, Limbo and the Hora this is what we danced to...
  1. Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
    My little 13 year old stomach would butterfly because obviously this indicated it was time to slow dance. Now who could I stand 12 inches apart, barely touching, and sway with... There were a few Davids, a Noah and a Jonah to choose from naturally.
  2. Gettin Jiggy Wit It by Will Smith
    Na na na na na na
  3. Everybody (Backstreet's Back)
    I'm pretty sure I pretended not to like anything by the backstreet boys. But this song still makes me want to dance
  4. Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls
    This was always my request. I had a mad goo goo doll obsession and this song just tapped into my pre-teen heart. Why doesn't the world understand me!!!??!
  5. Too Close by Next
    So inappropriate and so very appropriate
  6. I don't want to miss a thing by Aerosmith
    How could you not tear up listening to this while dancing with your crush, channeling the angst of lovers torn apart by a meteor's attempt at ending mankind as we know it. You were pretending to be dancing with Ben Afleck when you were actually dancing with Ben Rubenstein
  7. When The Lights Go Out by Five
    Ugh I still love this song. So fucking awesome.
  8. Are you Jimmy Ray by Jimmy Ray
    Who wants to know?
  9. The Boy is Mine by Brandy and Monica
    Who didn't reenact this with their girls as a joke while secretly there truly was a battle over some pimple faced, hasn't grown into his nose yet Jewish boy. Again, usually a David, Noah or Jonah (or in my case an Aaron.)
  10. Ghetto Superstar by Mya
    This song just felt epic. We were 13 and on top of the world. A few Shirley temples (extra cherries) buzzing through our veins, wearing our cutest new patent leather Mary Janes and dancing like the little JAPs that we were.
  11. Last Dance by Donna Summer
    The night literally could not end without this song. It was the quintessential DJ end the night song. Of course mixed in with the above was always the YMCA, We Are a Family, Grease montage, and Hava Nagila while the star of the night and their family were hoisted in the air on a chairs. But it wasn't until Donna Summer told us it was time that we'd dance the last dance, collect our shoes and pack up our glow stick necklaces.
  12. To be 13 again in 1998...
    It was a time to Kiss the Rain, Crush, dance Too Close, and Jump, Jive and Wail. And Dammit we deserved it after memorizing that ridiculously long Torah portion