R&B songs for your wedding

150 Best R&B Wedding Songs

 

 
You’re finally planning your wedding. You have the best venue, a kicking DJ, and a professional wedding planner. But what about R&B songs for your wedding? Is it too much? No.  You know it’s you, girl. Your wedding. That bass line, those smooth vocals. Yes. Your wedding reception is going to be epic. Be ready to party with our list of the 150 best R&B Wedding Songs. Your wedding party is going to get down.

R&B songs for your wedding

 

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150 Best R&B Songs For Your Wedding Reception

As you know, there are so many great R&B songs perfect for weddings from the walk down the aisle to the dance party to the bouquet toss. Hopefully, this list gives you some great ideas and conjures up good memories, too.

We selected a generous cross-section of R&B songs for your wedding. If you have a song that should be on our list, be sure to share it in the comments. Please also let us know which song from our list that you would remove in its place.

R&B wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: March 29, 2021

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SongAmazon Link
Al Green
Let’s Stay Together
1972, Let's Stay Together
Alex Harris
Falling for You
2020, Frequency
Alicia Keys
If I Ain’t Got You
2003, The Diary of Alicia Keys
Allen Stone
Consider Me
2019, Building Balance
Andra Day
Forever Mine
2015, Cheers to the Fall
Andy Stokes
Best Day Ever
2018, Best Day Ever
Anthony David
4evermore
2011, Algebra
Arika Kane feat. Kmelz
Wonderful
2017, Wonderful
Atlantic Starr
Always
1986, All in the Name of Love
Avant feat. KeKe Wyatt
You & I
2013, Face the Music
Barry White
Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
1974, Can't Get Enough
Beyonce
1+1
2011, 4
Beyonce
Crazy In Love
2003, Dangerously in Love
Beyoncé
XO
2013, Beyoncé
Boney James feat. Kenny Lattimore
Be Here
2020, Solid
Boyz II Men
On Bended Knee
1994, II
Bradd Marquis
Always
2020, ALWAYS
Brandon Williams
In Love
2019, The Love Factor
Brandy
Rather Be
2020, B7
Brian McKnight
Love Of My Life
2001, Superhero
Brian McKnight
Nobody
2020, Nobody
Brknrbtz
Marry Your Daughter
2012, Marry Your Daughter
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
Leave the Door Open
2021, Leave The Door Open
Bruno Mars
Just The Way You Are
2010, Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Calvin Richardson
Ain’t Nothin Like The One I’ve Got
2019, Gold Dust
Case
Happily Ever After
1999, Personal Conversation
Charlie Wilson feat. Smokey Robinson
All Of My Love
2020, All Of My Love
Charlie Wilson
Forever Valentine
2020, Forever Valentine
Chris Brown & Young Thug
Go Crazy
2020, Slime & B
Chrisette Michele
Your Joy
2007, I Am
D’Angelo
Lady
1995, Brown Sugar
Decarlo
There For You
2020, There For You
Derran Day
My Word
2018, My Word
Dionne Carole
I Love You More
2021, I Love You More
Doja Cat
Say So
2019, Hot Pink
Earth, Wind & Fire
September
1971, Earth, Wind & Fire
Eric Bellinger
Build Something
2020, Build Something
Eric Benet and Tamia
Spend My Life With You
1999, A Day in the Life
Eric Roberson
Already Knew You
2020, Already Knew You
Etta James
At Last
1960, At Last!
Foundations
Build Me Up Buttercup
1968, Build Me Up Buttercup
Freddie Jackson
You Are My Lady
1985, Rock Me Tonight
G.Q.
I Do Love You
1979, Disco Nights
George Benson
Love X Love
1980, Give Me the Night
Gerald Levert
Made To Love Ya
2001, Gerald's World
H.E.R.
Do To Me
2020, Do To Me
H.E.R.
Every Kind Of Way
2017, H.E.R.
Hasan Christopher
All I Need Is You
2020, All I Need Is You
Heatwave
Always and Forever
1976, Too Hot to Handle
India.Arie
Steady Love
2019, Worthy
J. Brown
Forever Yours
2020, Forever Yours
Jackson 5
I’ll Be There
1970, ABC
Jacob Banks
Found
2021, For My Friends
Jagged Edge
Closest Thing to Perfect
2019, Single
Jagged Edge
Let's Get Married (ReMarqable Remix)
2000, J.E. Heartbreak
Jaheim
Forever
2001, Ghetto Love
Jason Derulo
Marry Me
2013, Tattoos
Jay Lyriq
Keep Loving You
2020, Keep Loving You
Jay Sean
Beautiful
2020, M3
Jay Sean
Incomplete
2021, Incomplete
Jill Scott feat. Anthony Hamilton
So In Love
2011, The Light of the Sun
John Legend feat. BloodPop®
A Good Night
2018, A Good Night
John Legend
All Of Me
2013, Love in the Future
Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant
Perfect
2019, Game Changer II
JoJo Hailey
Special
2020, Special
Jon B
Priceless
2019, Priceless
Jon Batiste
I NEED YOU
2021, WE ARE
José James, Taali
I Found A Love (Live at Levon Helm Studios)
2021, José James: New York 2020 (Live)
Josh Dean
Impatient
2020, Impatient
Joshua Cruz
Forever Moments
2020, Forever Moments
K-Ci & JoJo
All My Life
1997, Love Always
Kehlani
Feels
2019. While We Wait
Kelly Price
Dance Party
2021, GRACE
Kelly Rowland
This Is Love
2013, Ms. Kelly
Kem, Toni Braxton
Live Out Your Love
2020, Live Out Your Love
Kem
Share My Life
2010, Intimacy: Album III
Kenny Lattimore
For You
1996, Kenny Lattimore
Khalea Lynee'
This Love
2021, This Love
Khalid
Better
2018, Suncity
Kindred The Family Soul
Stars
2003, Surrender to Love
Larry Graham
When We Get Married
1980, One in a Million You
Ledisi & PJ Morton
Anything For You (The Duet)
2020, Anything For You (The Duet)
Leela James
Fall For You
2014, Fall for You
Leon Bridges
Beyond
2018, Good Thing
Leon Timbo
You’re My Darling
2016, What Love's All About
Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Endless Love
1981, Endless Love Soundtrack
Lonr. feat. H.E.R.
Make the Most
2020, Make the Most
Luther Vandross
Here And Now
1989, The Best of Luther Vandross... The Best of Love
MAJOR.
Why I Love You
2016, I Am MAJOR.
Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr.
Silly Love Songs
2021, Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons
Mark Morrison
Return of the Mack
1996, Return of the Mack
Maxwell
Lifetime
2001, Now
Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
Like I’m Gonna Lose You
2015, Title
Michael Jackson
Billie Jean
1982, Thriller
Miguel
Adorn
2012, Kaleidoscope Dream
Monica
For You I Will
1998, The Boy Is Mine
Montell Jordan
This Is How We Do It
1995, This Is How We Do It
Mýa
Forever My Love
2021, Forever My Love
Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Unforgettable
1991, Unforgettable... with Love
Natalie Cole
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
1975, Inseparable
Ne-Yo & Jeremih
U 2 Luv
2020, U 2 Luv
Nicole Bus
You
2018, You
Otis Kane
Without You
2021, Without You
Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
Tonight I Celebrate My Love
1983, The Peabo Bryson Collection
Pharrell Williams
Happy
2013, Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack
Phora feat. Jhené Aiko
Stars In The Sky
2020, Stars In The Sky
Pink Sweat$ feat. Kehlani
At My Worst
2021, At My Worst
Pink Sweat$
17
2020, 17
Pj Morton
Yearning For Your Love
2019, Yearning For Your Love
Prince
I Wanna Be Your Lover
1979, Prince
Prince
Kiss
1986, Parade
Rahsaan Patterson
Sent From Heaven
2019, Heroes & Gods
Ralph Tresvant feat. Johnny Gill
All Mine
2020, All Mine
Robin Thicke
Forever Mine
2020, Forever Mine
Robin Thicke
Lucky Star
2021, On Earth, and in Heaven
Rotimi
Love Somebody
2020, Love Somebody
Ruff Endz
Be The One
2021, Rebirth
Sade
By Your Side
1999, Lovers Rock
Sheléa
I'm Sure It's You (The Wedding Song)
2013, I'm Sure It's You
Sisqo
Incomplete
1999, Unleash the Dragon
Smokey Robinson
Cruisin'
1979, Where There's Smoke...
Snoh Aalegra
Find Someone Like You
2019, Find Someone Like You
Stevie Wonder
Isn’t She Lovely
1976, Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
1972, Talking Book
Surface
Shower Me with Your Love
1989, 2nd Wave
Take You Dancing
Jason Derulo
July 22, 2020
Tamar Braxton
Crazy Kind of Love
2020, True to the Game 2
Tamia
Today I Do
2018, Today I Do
Tank
Our Song
2019, ELEVATION
Teddy Pendergrass
You’re Latest, Greatest Inspiration
1981, It's Time for Love
Temmora feat. Karma
The Only One
2019, The Only One
Tevin Campbell
I’m Ready
1993, I'm Ready
The Commodores
Brick House
1977, Commodores
The Commodores
Three Times A Lady
1978, Natural High
The Floacist feat. Musiq Soulchild
Forever
2010, Floetic Soul
The Isley Brothers
For The Love Of You
1975, The Heat Is On
The Manhattans
Shining Star
1980, After Midnight
The O’Jays
Forever Mine
1979, Identify Yourself
The Spinners
Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
1972, Spinners
The Weeknd
Blinding Lights
2019, After Hours
Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG
Collide
2019, Queen & Slim Soundtrack
Tiana Major9
Think About You (Notion Mix)
2020, Think About You
Tim Rogers, Tweet
Made for Me
2021, Made for Me
Tony Terry
Born Ta Luv Ya
2020, Born Ta Luv Ya
Tracyan
Lifetime of Love
2020, Lifetime of Love
Usher Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris
Yeah
2004, Confessions
Wayne Brady feat. Cat Gray
Flirtin' w / Forever
2019, Flirtin' w / Forever
Whitney Houston
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
1987, Whitney
Will Downing
One in a Million
2020, Romantique, Pt. 2
Xavier Omär
So Much More
2020, if You Feel

10 Most Popular R&B Songs Right Now

(Ranked by Amazon downloads)

  1. Save Your Tears – The Weeknd
  2. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  3. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  4. Tell Tale Signs – Melody S. Holt
  5. All Of Me – John Legend
  6. Go Crazy – Chris Brown & Young Thug
  7. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  8. Yeah! – Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris
  9. Rise Up – Andra Day
  10. Pick Up Your Feelings – Jazmine Sullivan

What is Rhythm & Blues?

Rhythm and blues is the grandchild of jazz, gospel, and blues. Originally soul and rock & roll were an offshoot of R&B. R&B is a genre of smooth pop music that is entirely centered on the vocalist’s smooth voice and stunning vibrato.

Now, R&B also includes funk, hip-hop, rap, and soul. If it makes you want to move your hips, chances are its rhythm and blues. If you want folks to get out of their chairs, stop gossip about your Great Aunt Ruth, and hit the dance floor, R&B is a must!

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Why Play R&B At Your Wedding?

I mean, if you want to play ABBA be our guest. (Snooze Fest) The better question is why wouldn’t you play R&B at your wedding? Weddings are about love. Real love. Nothing says that better than smooth, silky vocals of Luther Vandross. The spoken words of Barry White, reassuring us that we are loved. Oh, don’t forget the Sisters of Soul starting with the Queen: Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys.

The roots of R&B in Soul is apparent not just in the beats and bass lines, but in the emotion expressed. Those lyrics, girl. You know it. Your friends are getting the chill vibe, the love vibe.

What are the Best R&B Songs For Dancing?

If you want to get folks on the dance floor, these are sure to do it. Our list includes some recent hits along with classics in a variety of tempos and eras. Pick your favorites to include in your wedding. You can use them for your wedding reception, first dance, and father-daughter dance.


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34 responses to “Top 150 R&B Wedding Songs”

  1. Bridget Willard says:

    I’d definitely replace Stand By Me with Wonderful World by Sam Cooke. It reminds me of that great scene in Witness with Harrison Fod.

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      Hi Bridget. Thanks for your recommendation. However, “Stand By Me” is a very popular wedding song. It was even played at the recent Royal Wedding!

  2. Jasmine Tate says:

    I have some more suggestions for you to add to the list.

    “No Way” – Toni Braxton
    “All I Do Is Think Of You” – Troop
    “Can’t Get Enough of You” – Mary J. Blige
    “Find Myself in You” – Brian McKnight

  3. Paulette Bailey says:

    Thank you for the suggestions.

  4. Jusmin Whitten says:

    Most perfect! Love that years are on them too. Thank you

  5. Eve says:

    Can you please remove R.Kelly from the list?

  6. D.D. says:

    I really like this list! It’s like a journey through R&B from the 60s to modern-day, basically covering a few generations. At a wedding, you can easily see the grandparents singing along to the Tempts and Miracles, etc., and the kids today enjoying Ella Mai and so forth. There are some recent songs I hadn’t heard of that I will be checking out as well. Thanks again for posting this!

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      Awesome D.D. Thanks for the feedback. We do update this list a couple of times a year. Be sure to check back!

  7. Song says:

    Please add Anita Baker “You Bring Me Joy”

  8. Camilla says:

    Thanks for sharing this list, it’s great! I found just the song I was searching for.

  9. ANONYM says:

    Add john legend so high

  10. donald meredith lippold says:

    got a suggestion… ed sherran perfect. not sure if i spelled his name right

  11. Rachelle says:

    This was perfect!! Thanks for this!!!

  12. winnie says:

    Thank you so much you’re heaven sent …

  13. Jeffrey says:

    What a blast of old and new

  14. chaquita Parrish says:

    This was very helpful thanks alot

  15. Maria says:

    Thank you for compiling. I’m getting married May 27, 2017 – this list is very helpful. Thank you!

  16. Darlene Warren says:

    Who sang you and I written by stevie wonder in the 1970s

  17. Sheila says:

    Totally Awesome List!
    Celebrating our 50th Anniversary in May 2015.
    Thank you!

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