R&B Wedding Songs: New, Trending, and Classic Hits

Updated November 2, 2023 | Author: Matthew Campbell

Whether you want hoppin’ dance hits or smooth slow vibes, discover 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, I selected wedding songs from modern songs to classic hits.

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When picking out R&B 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 R&B songs right now.

New R&B Wedding Songs

  1. LOML – Shaé Universe (2023)
  2. Whatcha Done Now – Leela James (2023)
  3. Still Believe In Love – Mary J. Blige, Vado (2023)
  4. Heaven – Cleo Sol (2023)
  5. When It Comes To You – Fridayy (2023)
  6. Party People – Tucka (2023)
  7. Lets Dance – Ricco Barrino & Fantasia (2023)
  8. Summer Too Hot – Chris Brown (2023)
  9. Baby Will You Love Me – MAJOR. (2023)
  10. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe – Jason Morales (2023)
  11. The Way I Remember It – Ruben Studdard (2023)
  12. The Sweetest Thing – Pj Morton (2023)
  13. Mine (Remix) – WANMOR (2023)
  14. Be The One – Bree Runway & Khalid (2023)
  15. Love You Anyway – Devon Gilfillian (2023)
  16. I Choose U – RIMON, Rini (2023)
  17. I Caught You – Ar’mon (2023)
  18. 4 Me – Don Toliver, Kali Uchis (2023)
  19. Die For You (Remix) – The Weeknd, Ariana Grande (2023)
  20. As a matter of fact – Babyface (2023)
  21. This Is – Ella Mai (2023)
  22. You – Omar Cunningham (2023)
  23. Baby Will You Love Me – MAJOR. (2023)

Trending R&B Wedding Songs

  1. “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang (1980)
  2. “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé (2003)
  3. “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd (2020)
  4. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson (1982)
  5. “All Of Me” by John Legend (2013)
  6. “Yeah!” by Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris (2004)
  7. “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers (1972)
  8. “Sure Thing” by Miguel (2010)
  9. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson (1982)
  10. “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry (1976)

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As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of R&B 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 R&B Modern Tracks

  1. Forever – Vedo (first dance song)
  2. Where I Go – NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge) feat. H.E.R.
  3. Forever – Lee Fields
  4. Make Me Say It Again, Girl – The Isley Brothers, Beyonce
  5. Handle Me Gently – Ne-Yo (cocktail hour song)
  6. Keeps On Fallin’ – Babyface, Ella Mai(cocktail hour song)
  7. About Damn Time – Lizzo (party dance song)
  8. You (Rework) – Selah Sue
  9. Angel (Acoustic) – Ric Hassani
  10. Stuck On You – Kem
  11. No Stoppin’ Us – Charlie Wilson, Johnny Gill, Babyface, K-Ci Hailey (cocktail hour song)
  12. Marry Me – Teddy Campbell Band
  13. I Do – Rotimi
  14. Leave the Door Open – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (dinner song)
  15. Kiss Me More – Doja Cat, SZA
  16. Blessed – Hil St. Soul, Noel Gourdin (cocktail hour song)
  17. Incomplete – Jay Sean (first dance song)
  18. I Found A Love (Live at Levon Helm Studios) – José James, Taali
  19. You’re The One – Leela James
  20. Fell In Love – LeVelle, Anthony Hamilton
  21. Flawless Diamond – Lyfe Jennings, Amina Buddafly
  22. Silly Love Songs – Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr. (cocktail hour song)
  23. At My Worst – Pink Sweat$ feat. Kehlani (first dance song)
  24. All I Need Is You – Salaam Remi
  25. Love of My Life – Sentury
  26. Take My Breath – The Weeknd (party dance song)
  27. Conversations in the Dark – John Legend (first dance song)
  28. Marry Your Daughter – Brian McKnight Jr. (processional song)
  29. Nobody – Brian McKnight
  30. All Of My Love – Charlie Wilson feat. Smokey Robinson
  31. Go Crazy – Chris Brown & Young Thug
  32. All I Need Is You – Hasan Christopher
  33. Anything For You (The Duet) – Ledisi & PJ Morton
  34. U 2 Luv – Ne-Yo & Jeremih (cocktail hour song)
  35. Forever Mine – Robin Thicke
  36. Love Somebody – Rotimi
  37. One in a Million – Will Downing

Tip

If you like this list, be sure to check out an Afrobeats love playlist.

 

2010s R&B Popular Hits

  1. Consider Me – Allen Stone (proposal song)
  2. Say So – Doja Cat
  3. Yearning For Your Love – Pj Morton
  4. Sent From Heaven – Rahsaan Patterson
  5. Find Someone Like You – Snoh Aalegra (first dance song)
  6. Our Song – Tank (anniversary dance song)
  7. Collide – Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG
  8. A Good Night – John Legend feat. BloodPop® (cocktail hour song)
  9. Better – Khalid (recessional song)
  10. Beyond – Leon Bridges (first dance song)
  11. Today I Do – Tamia
  12. Every Kind Of Way – H.E.R.
  13. Why I Love You – MAJOR.
  14. Forever Mine – Andra Day (recessional song)
  15. Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
  16. Fall For You – Leela James
  17. You & I – Avant feat. KeKe Wyatt
  18. Marry Me – Jason Derulo (entrance song)
  19. All Of Me – John Legend
  20. This Is Love – Kelly Rowland
  21. I’m Sure It’s You (The Wedding Song) – Sheléa
  22. Adorn – Miguel
  23. 4evermore – Anthony David
  24. So In Love – Jill Scott feat. Anthony Hamilton
  25. Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars (cocktail hour song)
  26. Share My Life – Kem

Tip

If you are more in the party mood, see a Hip Hop wedding playlist.

 

2000s R&B Best Songs

  1. Can’t Get Enough – Tamia (party dance song)
  2. When I See U – Fantasia
  3. Yeah – Usher Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris (party dance song)
  4. If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
  5. Crazy In Love – Beyonce
  6. Love Of My Life – Brian McKnight
  7. Forever – Jaheim
  8. Lifetime – Maxwell
  9. Let’s Get Married (ReMarqable Remix) – Jagged Edge (entrance song)

Tip

Check out our complete list of greatest 90s R&B love ballads.

 

1990s R&B Favorites

  1. Happily Ever After – Case (recessional song)
  2. Spend My Life With You – Eric Benet and Tamia (first dance song)
  3. By Your Side – Sade (parents’ dance song)
  4. Incomplete – Sisqo
  5. For You I Will – Monica
  6. All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo (slow dance song)
  7. For You – Kenny Lattimore
  8. Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison (party dance song)
  9. Lady – D’Angelo
  10. This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan (party dance song)
  11. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole (father-daughter dance song)

Tip

If older R&B is your thing, check out our list of biggest Motown love hits.

 

Classic R&B Tunes

  1. Here And Now – Luther Vandross
  2. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston (party dance song)
  3. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson (party dance song)
  4. You’re Latest, Greatest Inspiration – Teddy Pendergrass
  5. Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross (slow dance song)
  6. When We Get Married – Larry Graham
  7. I Do Love You – G.Q.
  8. I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince (party dance song)
  9. Forever Mine – The O’Jays
  10. Brick House – The Commodores (party dance song)
  11. Always and Forever – Heatwave
  12. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder (father-daughter dance song)
  13. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole (recessional song)
  14. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe – Barry White
  15. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green (anniversary dance song)
  16. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder (father-daughter dance song)
  17. September – Earth, Wind & Fire (party dance song)
  18. I Want You Back – Jackson 5
  19. At Last – Etta James (processional song)

Tip

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.

 

FAQs

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.

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.

Why trust Matthew Campbell?

DJ, Author, Music Lover

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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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Bridget Willard
Bridget Willard
3 years ago

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.

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
3 years ago

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!

Jasmine Tate
Jasmine Tate
3 years ago

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

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
3 years ago
Reply to  Jasmine Tate

Thank you Jasmine. All great songs. We will consider adding them on our next update.

Paulette Bailey
Paulette Bailey
4 years ago

Thank you for the suggestions.

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago

Awesome Paulette. Glad you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Jusmin Whitten
Jusmin Whitten
4 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  Jusmin Whitten

Glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by and please tell your friends.

Eve
Eve
4 years ago

Can you please remove R.Kelly from the list?

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  Eve

Hi Eve. Thank you for your feedback.

D.D.
D.D.
4 years ago

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!

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  D.D.

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

Song
Song
5 years ago

Please add Anita Baker “You Bring Me Joy”

Camilla
Camilla
5 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
5 years ago
Reply to  Camilla

Awesome Camilla. Glad we were able to be a source for you.

ANONYM
ANONYM
5 years ago

Add john legend so high

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My Wedding Songs
5 years ago
Reply to  ANONYM

Thank you! Great song! John Legend has many songs that could be added/subtracted from this list.

donald meredith lippold
donald meredith lippold
6 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
6 years ago

Thanks, Donald. We will be adding the version with Beyonce shortly!

Rachelle
Rachelle
6 years ago

This was perfect!! Thanks for this!!!

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My Wedding Songs
6 years ago
Reply to  Rachelle

Thanks for stopping by Rachelle and the kind words.

winnie
winnie
6 years ago

Thank you so much you’re heaven sent …

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My Wedding Songs
6 years ago
Reply to  winnie

Thank you, Winnie, for stopping by. Glad we could help.

Jeffrey
Jeffrey
6 years ago

What a blast of old and new

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My Wedding Songs
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeffrey

Thanks Jeffrey. Glad you enjoyed.

chaquita Parrish
chaquita Parrish
6 years ago

This was very helpful thanks alot

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
6 years ago

Thanks for stopping by Chaquita and the Kudos.

Maria
Maria
6 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
6 years ago
Reply to  Maria

Thanks for stopping by Maria. Congrats on your wedding and glad we could help!

Darlene Warren
Darlene Warren
8 years ago

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

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago
Reply to  Darlene Warren

You and I (We Can Conquer the World) was written and sung by Stevie Wonder

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My Wedding Songs
8 years ago

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)

Sheila
Sheila
8 years ago

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

Matthew Campbell
Matthew Campbell
5 years ago
Reply to  Sheila

Great suggestion. We will add it to the list.