100 Best R&B Wedding Songs Classic & Modern
Updated on April 17, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)
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You have the best venue, a kicking DJ, and a professional wedding planner. But what about R&B songs for 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 100 best R&B wedding songs.
Your wedding party is going to get down.
You will enjoy a list of the most popular and unique R&B wedding songs for your wedding day.
Every couple’s R&B music tastes are different. Thus, we selected wedding songs from modern songs to classic hits.
New R&B Wedding Songs
- “4 Me” by Don Toliver, Kali Uchis (2023)
- “You” by Omar Cunningham (2023)
- “Baby Will You Love Me” by MAJOR. (2023)
- Die For You (Remix) – The Weeknd, Ariana Grande (2023)
- “This Is” by Ella Mai (2023)
- “As a matter of fact” by Babyface (2023)
- “I Choose U” by RIMON, Rini (2023)
- “I Caught You” by Ar’mon (2023)
- “Make Me Say It Again, Girl” by The Isley Brothers, Beyonce (2022)
- “Keeps On Fallin'” by Babyface, Ella Mai (2022)
Trending R&B Wedding Songs
- “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang (1980)
- “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé (2003)
- “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd (2020)
- “Thriller” by Michael Jackson (1982)
- “All Of Me” by John Legend (2013)
- “Yeah!” by Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris (2004)
- “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers (1972)
- “Sure Thing” by Miguel (2010)
- “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson (1982)
- “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry (1976)
Spotify R&B Wedding Playlist
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.
2020s Modern Tracks
Forever – Vedo
Released in 2022 on the album Forever
Lovable Lyrics: “I’m yours if you want it / Let’s make it forever girl / All you gotta do is say / Yes yes yes yeah yeah yeah”
A pledge of love in an acoustic love song.
Where I Go – NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge) feat. H.E.R.
Released in 2022 on the album Where I Go
Lovable Lyrics: “So when we celebrate, I’ma hit you up / I had to go and find a runnin’ mate who didn’t rush / I hope you know it was imperative for both of us”
A straight up jam to play as a background vibe or dance tune.
Forever – Lee Fields
Released in 2022 on the album Sentimental Fool
Lovable Lyrics: “I wanna hold you forever / I wanna love you forever / I wanna love you, yes I do now”
A timeless soul ballad with an old sound to a new romantic song.
Make Me Say It Again, Girl – The Isley Brothers, Beyonce
Released in 2022 on the album Make Me Say It Again, Girl
Lovable Lyrics: “You’re all I need, oh, yes, you are / You’re all, all / You’re all I need”
A remake with Queen Bey as a romantic slow song for a first dance as a dedication that you are all each other needs.
Handle Me Gently – Ne-Yo
Released in 2022 on the album Self Explanatory
Lovable Lyrics: “Baby, I’d love you no less than the day you said, “Yes” / So know I hear you clearly when you say, “Hey” / “Love me tender, love me sweet”
A mid-tempo song to set the tone for a night full of love and fun as guests arrive at the reception.
Keeps On Fallin’ – Babyface, Ella Mai
Released in 2022 on the album Keeps On Fallin’
Lovable Lyrics: “He’s my guy I love him / He’s so fine, oh-ooh-whoa-oh / And if you ask me why I want him / I can’t lie I love him / I won’t let it go”
A fun groove about falling in love and loving another that is perfect for cocktail hour or dinner.
About Damn Time – Lizzo
Released in 2022 on the album Special
Lovable Lyrics: “I got a feelin’ I’m gon’ be okay / Okay (okay), alright / It’s about damn time”
A dance tune to play for dancing or as a bouquet toss song for all of the ladies.
You (Rework) – Selah Sue
Released in 2022 on the album Persona
Lovable Lyrics: “’Cause you are all I need / Yes, you are all I want”
A very romantic love song to accent any moment of your wedding day even as a song for walking down the aisle.
Angel (Acoustic) – Ric Hassani
Released in 2022 on the album Angel (Acoustic)
Lovable Lyrics: “I might lose sleep tonight / ‘Cause finally my dream has come true / I was created for you / You are my angel”
A slower love song about finding your one true love and made for your wedding day!
Stuck On You – Kem
Released in 2022 on the album Full Circle
Lovable Lyrics: “And baby your love / Is so amazing / It drives me crazy / Baby I’m stuck on you”
Kem has many fantastic love songs for your big day and this is one about being in love with your lover.
No Stoppin’ Us – Charlie Wilson, Johnny Gill, Babyface, K-Ci Hailey
Released in 2022 on the album No Stoppin’ Us
Lovable Lyrics: “We’re feeling good / And as long as you’re here with me / Everyday gon’ be a birthday party / Ain’t no stoppin’ us now”
An upbeat song to play as guests arrive at the reception to set the mood for a good time.
Marry Me – Teddy Campbell Band
Released in 2021 on the album Marry Me
Lovable Lyrics: “I don’t want nobody but you / Marry me girl”
A song to play as you say your vows to each other as you are asking each other to marry – or as a marriage proposal song too.
I Do – Rotimi
Released in 2021 on the album All or Nothing
Lovable Lyrics: “We made it this far and now we’re standing hand and hand / No doubts in my heart that I found the one that’s Heaven sent”
The music video even shows a wedding and this song sets the mood for romance that can play while the meal is being served.
Leave the Door Open – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
Released in 2021 on the album An Evening with Silk Sonic
Lovable Lyrics: “Every word that I say is coming straight from the heart / So (if you) if you (tryna) tryna lay in these arms / I’ma leave the door open”
A chilln’ vibes song to play as a background song during the wedding reception.
Kiss Me More – Doja Cat, SZA
Released in 2021 on the album Kiss Me More
Lovable Lyrics: “Can you kiss me more / We’re so young, boy / We ain’t got nothin’ to lose”
A mid-tempo dance song for all of the couples on the dance floor.
Blessed – Hil St. Soul, Noel Gourdin
Released in 2021 on the album Blessed
Lovable Lyrics: “I’m feeling so blessed, blessed / Yeah, blessed / To be loved by you (ooh) / Nobody but you”
An upbeat afrobeat song to play as a love song about being blessed for finding your one true love.
Incomplete – Jay Sean
Released in 2021 on the album Incomplete
Lovable Lyrics: “Never know when it could be different / If there was no you, I’d be, I’d be incomplete”
An R&B love song that was made for a first dance while the spotlight is on the newlyweds about being lucky to find each other.
I Found A Love (Live at Levon Helm Studios) – José James, Taali
Released in 2021 on the album José James: New York 2020 (Live)
Lovable Lyrics: “I found a love / That lifts me up / You see my weaknesses and stay no matter what / And every day I find I’m falling more and more in love with you”
An acoustic piano love song made for a wedding ceremony as a song to play while walking down the aisle or as a unity ceremony song.
You’re The One – Leela James
Released in 2021 on the album See Me
Lovable Lyrics: “You’re all that I want / It’s the reason why I / Know for sure, oh / You’re the one”
A groove all about acknowledging and finding the one you want to spend your life with to play during dinner.
Fell In Love – LeVelle, Anthony Hamilton
Released in 2021 on the album Fell In Love
Lovable Lyrics: “I’ll never let you go / We are going to be invincible”
A soulful love song about finding your soulmate to accent any part of your wedding day.
Flawless Diamond – Lyfe Jennings, Amina Buddafly
Released in 2021 on the album Flawless Diamond
Lovable Lyrics: “Look at this flawless diamond / Where you been hiding / Found you finally”
A mid-tempo love song about finding your true love out of all of the people in the world.
Silly Love Songs – Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr.
Released in 2021 on the album Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons
Lovable Lyrics: “With silly love songs / And what’s wrong with that? / I’d like to know / ‘Cause here I go again / I love you, I love you”
At My Worst – Pink Sweat$ feat. Kehlani
Released in 2021 on the album At My Worst
Lovable Lyrics: “I need somebody who can love me at my worst / No, I’m not perfect, but I hope you see my worth”
A fun duet song to play as a wedding song because the song tells about accepting the other with all their little quirks.
All I Need Is You – Salaam Remi
Released in 2021 on the album All I Need Is You
Lovable Lyrics: “Make my dreams come true (True, and I believe) / I believe in you (Yes, I believe, I believe in you, and my life changed) / My life changed since the very first time that I met you”
A slow duet love song to let your lover know that they are all you need in their life.
Love of My Life – Sentury
Released in 2021 on the album Love of My Life
Lovable Lyrics: “When I grow older / I will be there at your side to remind you how I still love you, I still love you”
A popular first dance song to play as newlyweds lets the bride know that the groom thinks that he thinks that she is his whole life.
Take My Breath – The Weeknd
Released in 2021 on the album Take My Breath
Lovable Lyrics: “Take my breath away / And make it last forever, babe / Do it now or never, babe”
A disco-infused dance song to play to keep the dance floor hopping.
Conversations in the Dark – John Legend
Released in 2020 on the album Bigger Love
Lovable Lyrics: “Keep the secrets that you told me, told me / And your love is all you owe me / And I won’t break your heart”
For those that are tired of Legend’s mega-hit “All Of Me”, this song has taken over as a popular replacement for the first dance or any moment of your wedding day.
Marry Your Daughter – Brian McKnight Jr.
Released in 2020 on the album Marry Your Daughter
Lovable Lyrics: “I’m gonna marry your princess / And make her my queen / She’ll be the most beautiful bride that I’ve ever seen”
The song speaks of a wedding day of a groom speaking of his FIL and wanting to care for his beautiful daughter.
Nobody – Brian McKnight
Released in 2020 on the album Nobody
Lovable Lyrics: “I’ll hold / Nobody’s hand but yours / You can believe for sure / I’ll be nobody’s man but yours”
A song McKnight wrote for his bride on their anniversary about not wanting anyone else to love.
All Of My Love – Charlie Wilson feat. Smokey Robinson
Released in 2020 on the album All Of My Love
Lovable Lyrics: “If all of my love just ain’t enough / Then I’ll keep giving reasons until you believe in / All of my love”
Two R&B legends collaborate on this song that sets the mood for love.
Go Crazy – Chris Brown & Young Thug
Released in 2020 on the album Slime & B
Lovable Lyrics: “Oh, baby, everythin’ you do is amazin’ / Ain’t nobody watchin’, go crazy / (I got what you need) I got what you need”
A fun dance song to play later in the night when dancers are tired and want to slow things down to a nice groove.
All I Need Is You – Hasan Christopher
Released in 2020 on the album All I Need Is You
Lovable Lyrics: “Cause all I ever wanted was you / All I need is you”
A very romantic and soulful about wanting to spend the rest of your life with the one you love.
Anything For You (The Duet) – Ledisi & PJ Morton
Released in 2020 on the album Anything For You (The Duet)
Lovable Lyrics: “I will do anything for you, you / You are my life, one means us two / Anything, anything for you”
The perfect slow love duet to mark the beginning of your new life together.
U 2 Luv – Ne-Yo & Jeremih
Released in 2020 on the album U 2 Luv
Lovable Lyrics: “I only want you to love (You to love, oh, oh) / I don’t want nobody else (Nobody else, yeah, yeah)”
An upbeat love song to play as guests arrive at the reception ready to have a good time.
Forever Mine – Robin Thicke
Released in 2020 on the album Forever Mine
Lovable Lyrics: “Tell me your secrets / And I will tell no lies / I want you to be / Forever mine”
A slow groove about dedicating your life to your lover and looking forward to the future.
Love Somebody – Rotimi
Released in 2020 on the album Love Somebody
Lovable Lyrics: “Until you love somebody / Like one, two, three / Trust me you haven’t lived / Until you love somebody”
An upbeat afrobeat love song to play during the cocktail hour or as a recessional song.
One in a Million – Will Downing
Released in 2020 on the album Romantique, Pt. 2
Lovable Lyrics: “Oh one in a million / Chance of a lifetime / And I showed compassion / As sent to me a struck of luck called you”
A very slow and romantic love song about being lucky to find your forever love.
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2010s Popular Hits
Consider Me – Allen Stone
Released in 2019 on the album Building Balance
Lovable Lyrics: “If you’re looking for some magic / That will not end tragic / Darling, all I ask is you consider me”
A song you can send to the one you are about to marry as a love dedication while getting dressed for your big day.
Say So – Doja Cat
Released in 2019 on the album Hot Pink
Lovable Lyrics: “Day to night to morning, keep with me in the moment / I’d let you had I known it, why don’t you say so?”
An upbeat dance song that will have dancers singing along.
Yearning For Your Love – Pj Morton
Released in 2019 on the album Yearning For Your Love
Lovable Lyrics: “Said, you can’t keep runnin’ in and out of my life, yeah / I need to have you as my lover and my wife”
This groovy tune can set the tone while guests are eating and enjoying each other’s company.
Sent From Heaven – Rahsaan Patterson
Released in 2019 on the album Heroes & Gods
Lovable Lyrics: “Stay for / Ever make me yours / And we’ll / Love through eternity”
A beautiful love dedication for a first dance or accent a wedding moment.
Find Someone Like You – Snoh Aalegra
Released in 2019 on the album Find Someone Like You
Lovable Lyrics: “Though we got a past, I want you, yeah / And even when it’s bad, I love you / I’ve been waitin’ my whole life, to find someone like you”
A popular song to play for a first dance as a married couple for a love that will last forever.
Our Song – Tank
Released in 2019 on the album ELEVATION
Lovable Lyrics: “Kind of life you told me you’ve been looking for / From the beginning, it felt so right, and / I can’t think of anything I’ve needed more”
A song that Tank wrote for his wedding anniversary and one you could play as an anniversary dance for the longest-married couple.
Collide – Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG
Released in 2019 on the album Queen & Slim Soundtrack
Lovable Lyrics: “Without you, I’m just a fraction / Closing in on my demise / And I love you religiously / With everything inside of me”
Even though the couple dies at the end of the movie, the lyrics are very meaningful about being with the one you love.
A Good Night – John Legend feat. BloodPop®
Released in 2018 on the album A Good Night
Lovable Lyrics: “You got me talking crazy / I figure if I say it / You just might be my lady / Baby, it’s you”
An upbeat hit to play to set the mood for fun and romance as a wedding reception begins or even as an introduction song for the wedding party.
Better – Khalid
Released in 2018 on the album Suncity
Lovable Lyrics: “We don’t gotta hide / This is what you like, I admit / Nothin’ feels better than this”
A song about how life is better when you are together and fits an upbeat wedding exit song to groove down the aisle.
Beyond – Leon Bridges
Released in 2018 on the album Good Thing
Lovable Lyrics: “I’m scared to death that she might be it / That the love is real, that the shoe might fit / She might just be my everything and beyond”
A personal favorite! The song has so much emotion and desire for the one you love and the possibilities of loving each other for eternity.
Today I Do – Tamia
Released in 2018 on the album Today I Do
Lovable Lyrics: “Today I do, today I do / Today I’m saying I do to you / Today I do, today I do”
The song describes a wedding day and giving yourself to each other. A song made as a ceremony song.
Every Kind Of Way – H.E.R.
Released in 2017 on the album H.E.R.
Lovable Lyrics: “If the world should end tomorrow and we only have today / I’m gonna love you in every kind of way”
A slow song about being totally in love with another and wanting them.
Why I Love You – MAJOR.
Released in 2016 on the album I Am MAJOR.
Lovable Lyrics: “I found love in you / And no other love will do / Every moment that you smile chases all of the pain away / Forever and a while in my heart is where you’ll stay”
The ultimate love dedication for a wedding day that you could play at any moment.
Forever Mine – Andra Day
Released in 2015 on the album Cheers to the Fall
Lovable Lyrics: “Look I’m tired of the fine line / I just want you to be, to be / Forever mine (be forever mine)”
A thematic selection for a recessional song after the I Do’s.
Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
Released in 2015 on the album Title
Lovable Lyrics: “Wherever we’re standing, I won’t take you for granted / ‘Cause we’ll never know when, when we’ll run out of time / So I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you”
A love duet of the music superstars that adds a bit of levity to a first dance or any moment.
Fall For You – Leela James
Released in 2014 on the album Fall for You
Lovable Lyrics: “My heart is ready / For love and to be loved / And I chose you, baby / That’s the one thing I’m sure of”
So much emotion and soulfulness in this love song made for your wedding day.
You & I – Avant feat. KeKe Wyatt
Released in 2013 on the album Face the Music
Lovable Lyrics: “You and I / Together for always / Baby I / Breathe every single breath for you baby”
A love duet about wanting to love your lover for the rest of your life.
Marry Me – Jason Derulo
Released in 2013 on the album Tattoos
Lovable Lyrics: “Girl, I have you / To get right down on bended knee / Nothing else would ever be better, better / The day when I / I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”
A very popular wedding song obviously but its mid-tempo song makes it perfect for an exit song or an intro song in the reception hall.
All Of Me – John Legend
Released in 2013 on the album Love in the Future
Lovable Lyrics: “Give your all to me / I’ll give my all to you / You’re my end and my beginnin’ / Even when I lose, I’m winnin'”
The quintessential wedding song from the 2010s you could play at any point of your big day.
This Is Love – Kelly Rowland
Released in 2013 on the album Ms. Kelly
Lovable Lyrics: “This is love / Like a diamond in the sand / It took so long to find you / I cannot wait another day to say / This is love”
A song all about being in love and can highlight any wedding moment.
I’m Sure It’s You (The Wedding Song) – Sheléa
Released in 2013 on the album I’m Sure It’s You
Lovable Lyrics: “My heart belongs to you / I know we’ll make it through / I’m sure it’s you”
A slow love song that fits as a song to play while walking down the aisle during the ceremony.
Adorn – Miguel
Released in 2012 on the album Kaleidoscope Dream
Lovable Lyrics: “Don’t you let nobody tell you different, baby / I’ll always adore you / You gotta know now”
A mid-tempo love song letting your lover know that they are your whole life and you love them.
4evermore – Anthony David
Released in 2011 on the album Algebra
Lovable Lyrics: “Just you and me babe, till the days are blue / And I ain’t ashamed love, to say I do, I do / 4evermore”
We all want the type of love that lasts forever. If you do, this song can signify that you want forever with the one you love.
So In Love – Jill Scott feat. Anthony Hamilton
Released in 2011 on the album The Light of the Sun
Lovable Lyrics: “I hope you’re thinking of me / ‘Cause all I want is time with you / And only nothing more / (So in love with you)”
A dance song is all about being in love to play near the beginning of the dancing or at the beginning of the reception.
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Released in 2010 on the album Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Lovable Lyrics: “When I see your face / There’s not a thing that I would change / ‘Cause you’re amazing / Just the way you are”
An upbeat song all about accepting the one you love for who they are.
Share My Life – Kem
Released in 2010 on the album Intimacy: Album III
Lovable Lyrics: “You’re my dream / And my joy / My heart belongs to you girl / So I sat down one day and I / I wrote this song / ‘Cause I need you, in my world”
A song about wanting to share your life with the one you love and fits as a first dance song.
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2000s Best Songs
Yeah – Usher Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris
Released in 2004 on the album Confessions
Lovable Lyrics: “So I got up and followed her to the floor / She said, baby let’s go / When I told her (let’s go!) I said / Yeah!”
One of the best party songs of all time that will get everyone jumped up and dancing.
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Released in 2003 on the album The Diary of Alicia Keys
Lovable Lyrics: “Some people want diamond rings / Some just want everything / But everything means nothing / If I ain’t got you”
Keys and her piano on a beautiful love song that life is not living if you don’t have each other.
Crazy In Love – Beyonce
Released in 2003 on the album Dangerously in Love
Lovable Lyrics: “Cause I know I don’t understand / Just how your love can do what no one else can / Got me looking so crazy right now, your love”
A party starter to get everyone hyped up as the wedding couple is introduced as newlyweds. It is commonly played at many points during a wedding reception. Up to you when to play.
Love Of My Life – Brian McKnight
Released in 2001 on the album Superhero
Lovable Lyrics: “You’re more than wonderful / More than amazing / The irreplaceable, love, love, of my life”
A romantic first dance song as a married couple. One of the many love songs in McKnight’s discography.
Forever – Jaheim
Released in 2001 on the album Ghetto Love
Lovable Lyrics: “The love I have for you will last forever / Loving you always / Forever”
Even though many couples have played it as a first dance song you can play it during the wedding ceremony or a passionate moment during a reception.
Lifetime – Maxwell
Released in 2001 on the album Now
Lovable Lyrics: “Now I, I can let my life pass me by / Or I can get down and try / Work it all out this lifetime”
Your wedding day marks the beginning of a lifetime of love together and this song sets that moment.
Let’s Get Married (ReMarqable Remix) – Jagged Edge
Released in 2000 on the album J.E. Heartbreak
Lovable Lyrics: “We ain’t gettin’ no younger, we might as well do it / Been feelin’ you all the while, girl, I must confess / Let’s just get married”
A very popular wedding tune that you can play as part of your grand entrance into the reception venue.
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Happily Ever After – Case
Released in 1999 on the album Personal Conversation
Lovable Lyrics: “We could be strong together for so long / Couldn’t we please be happily ever after”
A song you can play as a ceremony exit song while leaving the ceremony location and celebrating forever after together.
Spend My Life With You – Eric Benet and Tamia
Released in 1999 on the album A Day in the Life
Lovable Lyrics: “Can we just feel this way together ’til the end of all time / Can I just spend my life with you”
A well-liked wedding duet song that has been played as a first dance song since first being released. You can play it to accent any moment.
By Your Side – Sade
Released in 1999 on the album Lovers Rock
Lovable Lyrics: “When you’re lost and you’re alone / And you can’t get back again / I will find you / Darling, and I will bring you home”
A song you can play for lovers but can also play as a parent-child dance song letting each other know that you will be there for each other.
Incomplete – Sisqo
Released in 1999 on the album Unleash the Dragon
Lovable Lyrics: “So I can make believe I have everything, but I can’t pretend that I don’t see / That without you girl my life is incomplete”
A love dedication about how your life would not be complete without the one you love.
For You I Will – Monica
Released in 1998 on the album The Boy Is Mine
Lovable Lyrics: “I’m here for you, I’m here forever / I will be your fortress tall and strong / I’ll keep you safe, I’ll stand beside you right or wrong”
A song letting another know that you will be there for them and care for them. It could be for lovers or a family relationship.
All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo
Released in 1997 on the album Love Always
Lovable Lyrics: “All my life / I prayed for someone like you / And I thank God / That I / That I finally found you”
One of the greatest love songs of all time and is still relevant today that will be on wedding playlists for years to come.
For You – Kenny Lattimore
Released in 1996 on the album Kenny Lattimore
Lovable Lyrics: “Nothing I’ve said is hard to understand / All I feel, I feel deeper still / And always will, all this love is for you”
A lovey-dovey song to play during your wedding day.
Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison
Released in 1996 on the album Return of the Mack
Lovable Lyrics: “’Cause I knew it from the start / Baby, when you broke my heart / That I had to come again, and show you that I’m real”
A classic party song and dance floor filler that will have dancers grooving!
Lady – D’Angelo
Released in 1995 on the album Brown Sugar
Lovable Lyrics: “But I know I love you and you love me / There’s no other lover for you or me / You’re my lady”
A mid-tempo song to play for he cutting of the wedding cake or the garter removal. It reminds the couple that they are now married.
This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
Released in 1995 on the album This Is How We Do It
Lovable Lyrics: “This is how we do it, all hands are in the air / And wave them from here to there”
A pure banger that will get everyone dancing.
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Released in 1991 on the album Unforgettable… with Love
Lovable Lyrics: “That’s why darling, it’s incredible / That someone so unforgettable / Thinks that I am unforgettable too”
A song by a dad and daughter that can be played for a father and daughter dance.
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Here And Now – Luther Vandross
Released in 1989 on the album The Best of Luther Vandross… The Best of Love
Lovable Lyrics: “I promise to love faithfully / You’re all I need / Here and now”
A very intimate love song to play for a first dance while gazing into each other’s eyes.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
Released in 1989 on the album Whitney
Lovable Lyrics: “Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody / With somebody who loves me”
A girl anthem that will have all of the ladies on the dance floor singing their hearts out while dancing.
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Released in 1982 on the album Thriller
Lovable Lyrics: “Billie Jean is not my lover / She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one / But the kid is not my son”
OK, the lyrics are not the best for a wedding but no one can deny the beat and danceability.
You’re Latest, Greatest Inspiration – Teddy Pendergrass
Released in 1980 on the album It’s Time for Love
Lovable Lyrics: “I plan to give you all that I have / I’ll be everything, everything you think I am / You make life a joy to live / Yes I’m blessed, yes I’m thankful just to know you”
A song for an anniversary dance or as a slow dance for couples of all generations.
Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Released in 1981 on the album Endless Love Soundtrack
Lovable Lyrics: “Ooh, yes / You will always be / My endless love”
One of the most prominent duet love songs ever that can be played throughout a wedding.
When We Get Married – Larry Graham
Released in 1980 on the album One in a Million You
Lovable Lyrics: “We’ll have a ball / Dancin’ and all / When we get married”
A song very fitting for a wedding day as it describes one.
I Do Love You – G.Q.
Released in 1979 on the album Disco Nights
Lovable Lyrics: “I do love you / My girl, I prayed that your love / It would come to me / Someday / Because I love you so, babe”
A mid-tempo love song that I think people forget about but will bring back memories to be a background song while the meal is being served and enjoyed.
I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
Released in 1979 on the album Prince
Lovable Lyrics: “I didn’t wanna pressure you, baby / But all I ever wanted to do / I wanna be your lover”
There are many Prince wedding songs but don’t sleep on this dance hit!
Forever Mine – The O’Jays
Released in 1979 on the album Identify Yourself
Lovable Lyrics: “Forever mine / `Cause you and me, we get along just fine / Aw, baby / I got what you want / You got what I want / And we were made for each other”
A slow song to play after your wedding vows to signify that you are now married.
Brick House – The Commodores
Released in 1977 on the album Commodores
Lovable Lyrics: “’Cause she’s a brick house / Yeah, she’s mighty mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out”
This is an epic party song to play near the beginning of dancing at the reception to get the party started.
Always and Forever – Heatwave
Released in 1976 on the album Too Hot to Handle
Lovable Lyrics: “Take time to tell me you really care / And we’ll share tomorrow together / I’ll always love you ever”
A classic R&B love song to play for all of the couples at your reception for a slow dance.
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Released in 1976 on the album Songs in the Key of Life
Lovable Lyrics: “Isn’t she pretty? / Truly the angel’s best / Boy, I’m so happy / We have been Heaven-blessed”
An upbeat song to play for a special dad and daughter dance during a wedding reception.
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
Released in 1975 on the album Inseparable
Lovable Lyrics: “This will be / You and me / Yes sir-ee / Eternally”
A fun wedding song to play at any moment but many couples choose to play it as a recessional song as the ceremony ends.
Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe – Barry White
Released in 1974 on the album Can’t Get Enough
Lovable Lyrics: “Girl, your love for me is all I need / And more than I can stand”
A mid-tempo song to play after a slow dance song to bring the speed of the music faster.
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Released in 1972 on the album Stay Together
Lovable Lyrics: “Let me say that since, baby / Since we’ve been together / Ooh / Loving you forever / Is what I need”
Another popular wedding anniversary song to play for married couples at your reception.
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Released in 1972 on the album Talking Book
Lovable Lyrics: “You are the sunshine of my life / That’s why I’ll always be around / You are the apple of my eye / Forever you’ll stay in my heart”
The song was written by wonder as a dedication to his daughter and one that fits as a dad and bride dance song.
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Released in 1971 on the album Earth, Wind & Fire
Lovable Lyrics: “Found the love we shared in September / Only blue talk and love / Remember / True love we share today”
One of the best party songs of all time and a great party starter to play as the dancing begins at your reception that all generations will enjoy.
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Released in 1969 on the album Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
Lovable Lyrics: “Won’t you please let me back in your heart / Oh, darlin’, I was blind to let you go / But now since I see you in his arms”
Wow, this song is so much fun and people love dancing to it. Forget about what the song is about.
At Last – Etta James
Released in 1960 on the album At Last!
Lovable Lyrics: “At last / My love has come along / My lonely days are over / And life is like a song”
One of the top 5 wedding songs of all time and one you can play to highlight a moment of forever for the wedding couple.
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 the smooth, silky vocals of Luther Vandross. The spoken words of Barry White, reassure us that we are loved. Oh, don’t forget the Sisters of Soul starting with the Queen: Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Alicia Keys.
The roots of R&B in Soul are 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.
Planning your reception songs? See our list of R&B wedding cake cutting songs, R&B wedding first dance songs, and R&B hits for a garter toss.
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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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.
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!
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
Thank you Jasmine. All great songs. We will consider adding them on our next update.
Thank you for the suggestions.
Awesome Paulette. Glad you like them and thanks for stopping by.
Most perfect! Love that years are on them too. Thank you
Glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by and please tell your friends.
Can you please remove R.Kelly from the list?
Hi Eve. Thank you for your feedback.
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!
Awesome D.D. Thanks for the feedback. We do update this list a couple of times a year. Be sure to check back!
Please add Anita Baker “You Bring Me Joy”
Thanks for sharing this list, it’s great! I found just the song I was searching for.
Awesome Camilla. Glad we were able to be a source for you.
Add john legend so high
Thank you! Great song! John Legend has many songs that could be added/subtracted from this list.
got a suggestion… ed sherran perfect. not sure if i spelled his name right
Thanks, Donald. We will be adding the version with Beyonce shortly!
This was perfect!! Thanks for this!!!
Thanks for stopping by Rachelle and the kind words.
Thank you so much you’re heaven sent …
Thank you, Winnie, for stopping by. Glad we could help.
What a blast of old and new
Thanks Jeffrey. Glad you enjoyed.
This was very helpful thanks alot
Thanks for stopping by Chaquita and the Kudos.
Thank you for compiling. I’m getting married May 27, 2017 – this list is very helpful. Thank you!
Thanks for stopping by Maria. Congrats on your wedding and glad we could help!
Who sang you and I written by stevie wonder in the 1970s
You and I (We Can Conquer the World) was written and sung by Stevie Wonder
There were other versions of the song. You can see the other releases on Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_and_I_(We_Can_Conquer_the_World)
Totally Awesome List!
Celebrating our 50th Anniversary in May 2015.
Great suggestion. We will add it to the list.