Reggae Wedding Songs: Groove to the Rhythm of Love

Updated November 1, 2023 | Author: Matthew Campbell

Reggae music can be split into two sub-genres: reggae and dancehall.

Reggae is slower-paced than ska but faster than rocksteady and Dancehall is a faster dance/pop tempo style.

Some of the contemporary music styles have received an international appeal to be featured on many Global Top 40 playlists.

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When picking out reggae songs for your wedding, you must consider the following 3 factors:

  1. What is the tempo of the song to determine the style of dance?
  2. What is the meaning of the song and is it appropriate for your wedding?
  3. What moment of the wedding ceremony or reception will the song play?

Let’s start with the new and trending reggae songs right now.

New Reggae Songs

  1. “All My Life” by Kolohe Kai (2023)
  2. “High Life” by Buju Banton & Snoop Dogg (2023)
  3. “Motivation” by Alkaline (2023)
  4. “She Believed In Me” by Anthony Cruz (2023)
  5. “If You Were Here Tonight” by Anthony Cruz (2023)
  6. “Baddest” by Mr. Vegas (2023)
  7. “Full Time Lover” by Maoli (2023)
  8. “We Open” by Maoli feat. Fiji (2023)
  9. “Amanecer Bebiendo” by Crazy Design (2023
  10. “Woie” by Aidonia (2023)
  11. “Build a Vibes” by Bayka (2023)

Trending Reggae Wedding Songs

  1. “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You” by UB40 (1993)
  2. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley (1980)
  3. “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash (1972)
  4. “Bam Bam” by Sister Nancy (1982)
  5. “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston (2007)
  6. “Here Comes The Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze (1994)
  7. “Girls Dem Sugar” by Beenie Man & Mya (2000)
  8. “Baby, I Love Your Way” by Big Mountain (1994)
  9. “Angel” by Shaggy, Rayvon (2000)
  10. “All Of Me” by Jah Cure (2015)

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As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of reggae wedding songs. Songs are selected by the meaning of the song and popular hits by today’s couples. Besides new and trending, additional lists are grouped by decades.

2020s Modern Reggae Tracks

  1. Way of Life – Stick Figure, Slightly Stoopid
  2. Love Me Easy – ANORA, Stick Figure, Walshy Fire
  3. Marry You – Perfect Giddimani (processional song)
  4. You’re The One I Love – Shenseea & Rvssian (first dance song)
  5. Calling On Me – Sean Paul & Tove Lo
  6. Smile – WizKid feat. H.E.R. (cocktail hour song)

Tip

If you like this list, be sure to read our list of Afrobeats love hits to add to your Big Day.

 

2010s Reggae Best Hits

  1. Toast – Koffee
  2. Rumor – Maoli
  3. All for You – Stick Figure
  4. Walking Trophy – Hoodcelebrityy
  5. Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti & Spearhead feat. Cherine Tanya Anderson (recessional song)
  6. Gyal You A Party Animal – Charly Black
  7. Pon de Replay – Rihanna (party dance song)
  8. No Lie – Sean Paul feat. Dua Lipa
  9. All Of Me – Jah Cure (first dance song)
  10. That Girl – Jah Cure
  11. Soul Provider – Romain Virgo
  12. Beautiful – Seeed
  13. Forever More – Alaine & Tarrus Riley
  14. I am Blessed – Mr. Vegas
  15. La La Means I Love You – Alton Ellis
  16. I Love My Life – Demarco
  17. Happy Heart – Eta
  18. Rum & Redbull – Beenie Man & Future Fambona
  19. Hold You (Hold Yuh) – Gyptian
  20. Love Doctor – Romain Virgo

Tip

Did you know that Reggae was one of the styles that led to Hip Hop? See our list of popular hip hop wedding songs for your wedding playlist. Don’t forget about Rap love tracks for your first dance.

 

2000s Reggae Popular Tunes

  1. You and Me – SOJA feat. Chris Boomer
  2. I Love You Too – Ziggy Marley
  3. I Feel Good – Beres Hammond
  4. Come Over – Estelle ft Sean Paul
  5. Love You Right – Morgan Heritage
  6. No Games – Serani
  7. No Ordinary Love – Alaine
  8. Rise in Love – Alaine
  9. Love and Affection – Pressure
  10. All My Life – Marcia Griffiths & DA’Ville
  11. Below The Waist – Queen Ifrica
  12. She’s Royal – Tarrus Riley
  13. Beach In Hawaii – Ziggy Marley
  14. Welcome to Jamrock – Damian Marley
  15. Temperature – Sean Paul (party dance song)
  16. There For You – Beres Hammond
  17. Pon De River Pon De Bank – Elephant Man
  18. No Letting Go – Wayne Wonder
  19. I’m Still in Love With You – Sean Paul feat. Sasha
  20. Get Busy – Sean Paul (party dance song)
  21. Like Glue – Sean Paul
  22. Rockaway – Beres Hammond
  23. Angel – Shaggy (background song)
  24. Girls Dem Sugar – Beenie Man feat. Mya

Tip

Another genre list to listen to before deciding on your final wedding playlist is our list of soul songs for weddings.

 

1990s Reggae Favorites

  1. Who Am I? (Sim Simma) – Beenie Man
  2. Real Love – Lloyd Brown
  3. Romie – Beenie Man
  4. That Girl – Maxi Priest, Shaggy (entrance song)
  5. Boombastic – Shaggy
  6. Shy Guy – Diana King
  7. Anything For You – Snow & Friends
  8. Here Comes The Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze (party dance song)
  9. Action – Terror Fabulous feat. Nadine Sutherland
  10. Boom Shack-A-Lak – Apache Indian (party dance song)
  11. Murder She Wrote – Chaka Demus And Pliers
  12. Baby, I Love Your Way – Big Mountain (entrance song)
  13. Bad Boys – Inner Circle (groomsmen song)
  14. I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
  15. I Like To Move It – Reel 2 Real (party dance song)
  16. Informer – Snow (party dance song)
  17. I Can’t Help, Falling In Love With You – UB40 (first dance song)
  18. Living Dangerously – Bounty Killer feat. Barrington Levy
  19. Tempted To Touch – Beres Hammond
  20. Close To You – Maxi Priest (background song)
  21. Twice My Age – Shabba Ranks feat. Krystal
 

1980s Reggae Reception Fun

  1. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin (cocktail hour song)
  2. Good Thing Going – Sugar Minott
  3. I Want To Wake Up With You – Boris Gardiner
  4. Here I Come – Barrington Levy
  5. One Love/People Get Ready – Bob Marley
  6. Electric Boogie – Marcia Griffiths (party dance song)
  7. Red Red Wine – UB40 (}cocktail hour song)
  8. Love Has Found Its Way – Dennis Brown
  9. Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant
  10. Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs
  11. Bam Bam – Sister Nancy
  12. I’m Getting Married – Yellowman
  13. Sitting & Watching – Dennis Brown
  14. I’ll Do Anything for You – Denroy Morgan
  15. Down Under – Men At Work
  16. Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley (dinner song)
  17. Someone Loves You Honey – J.C. Lodge

Tip

Now that you are at the bottom of the list of Reggae songs, you should see the styles of music for a wedding ceremony and reception.

 

1970s Reggae Vibin’ Beats

  1. Is This Love – Bob Marley (cocktail hour song)
  2. All I Have Is Love – Gregory Isaacs
  3. Melody Life – Marcia Griffiths
  4. Truly – Marcia Griffiths
  5. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers (parents’ dance song)
  6. Everything I Own – Ken Boothe
  7. High Tide or Low Tide – Bob Marley
  8. Stir It Up – Bob Marley and the Wailers
  9. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
  10. Cherry Oh Baby – Eric Donaldson

1960s Reggae Unforgettable Tracks

  1. My Boy Lollipop – Millie

1950s Reggae Classic Songs

  • Banana Boat (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte (}limbo song)
 

FAQs

There are other dancehall artists who receive quite a bit of airplay, but their lyrics are unsuitable for wedding playlists unless it’s a predominantly Caribbean audience. Dancehall artists such as Assassin, Busy Signal, Konshens, Mavado, Popcaan, and Vybz Kartel are popular on the dancehall scene and have sold millions of records/albums.

Reggae is all music that has a rhythm accented with an offbeat usually on the second and fourth beats of each bar. In addition, the rhythm guitar emphasizes the third beat or holds the chord on the second beat until the fourth is played. The third beat’s speed and the use of complex bass are a signature of reggae music.

Reggae formed from ska, mento, and R&B styles of music. The biggest propitiator of reggae music is Bob Marley. Bob Marley started with the musical group the Wailers promoting the image of the urban guerilla. Bob’s stardom peaked when he converted to a more soulful-pop melody sound in the early 1970s.

A clear distinction we want to make is that many times Calypso/Soca music is usually categorized as Reggae music; which it is not. Those genres originate from Caribbean islands such as Trinidad and Tobago.

Sadly, many music services like iTunes and Spotify categorize that music style as Reggae. We are referring to songs like Bunji Garlin – Differentology, Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On, Machel Montano – Fast Wine, Rupee – Tempted to Touch, etc. They are not technically part of the Reggae genre.

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Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder/editor of My Wedding Songs from his experience as a wedding DJ. He is the author of two wedding planners: ‘Wedding Songs Planner’ and ‘The Wedding Music Toolkit’. Matt is the host of the ‘Wedding Songs Podcast’. He shares music inspiration in his weekly newsletter the ‘Wedding MusicLetter’. His articles have been published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. Matt resides in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas.

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Sixela
Sixela
3 years ago

Beautiful by Seeed would be a nice addition to your list.

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My Wedding Songs
3 years ago
Reply to  Sixela

Thank you Sixela for the suggestion. We added the song to the list.

Pidok Jacob
Pidok Jacob
4 years ago

Want something smooth and sassy? I highly recommend this reggae song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtO2LEfeYKY

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  Pidok Jacob

Thank you Pidok for the suggestion.

JUSTIN M PIERCE
JUSTIN M PIERCE
4 years ago

Who’s ever heard of a reggae song being a waltz? There has never been, or could even be a reggae song written in 3/4 time, by definition of what a reggae rhythm is. I think u should rethink that description.

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago

Thank you Justin. We will check it out and rewrite.

Brosia
Brosia
4 years ago

I would add some more contemporary artist like Jah Cure and Gyptian. I’m from the Midwest but love them

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  Brosia

Hi Brosia, thank you for the feedback. We will try and add more artists as you suggest on our next update.

CURTIS HOWELL
CURTIS HOWELL
4 years ago

As a Jamaican and a DJ, I have to agree with your list. You are missing a couple contemporary songs like Tarrus Riley’s She’s Royal but a very nice mix. Other artists like Jah Cure, Etana and Alaine have released some really good wedding reggae songs as well. You are also missing one of Jamaica’s soulful artist Beres Hammond.

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  CURTIS HOWELL

Hi Curtis. Thank you for your suggestions. Reggae is not one of my best known music styles. I will be updating this list with your suggestions!

Sayoka Lewis
Sayoka Lewis
8 years ago

Hello im lookinf for a nice slow song to play for the mother son dance at my wedding i am having trouble finding the perfect song do you happen to no any?

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  Sayoka Lewis

Hi Sayoka, please visit out mother song songs page – https://www.myweddingsongs.com/wedding-song-lists/mother-son-songs/