39 Best Motown Love Songs: Classic & Modern Wedding Hits

When many think of Motown, they may forget that Motown is an actual record label rather than a style of music. However, Motown has released some of the best music in the styles of soul, R&B, and pop.

Motown Records started in 1959 and has grooved its way into music history and also the hearts of many fans. Motown love songs have been on our record players, 8-track tape decks, cassettes, CDs, and music files for decades. Here’s the best.

Many of Motown’s songs lend themselves perfectly to playing at weddings. Motown has released many hits over the years and many were released as love songs.

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As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of Motown love songs. Songs are selected by the meaning of the song and popular hits by today’s couples.

Motown Love Songs by Era

1950s & 1960s

You Really Got A Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Released in 1962 on the album The Fabulous Miracles

A love dedication about a guy being in love and how it’s taking control over him.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

You really got a hold on me, you really got a hold on me, you really got a hold, baby
I love you and all I want you to do is just hold me

Baby, I Need Your Lovin’ – Four Tops

Released in 1964 on the album Four Top

A mid-tempo song from a man letting a woman know that he needs her.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Baby, I need your lovin’
Got to have all your lovin’

My Girl – The Temptations

Released in 1964 on the album The Temptations Sing Smokey

Even though the song is about a man who is happy to have his lover, the song is commonly played as a fun father-and-daughter dance at wedding receptions.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I’ve got so much honey the bees envy me
I’ve got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees
Well I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl

I’ll Always Love You – The Spinners

Released in 1965 on the album The Original Spinners

A song about a man who is not ashamed of letting a woman know that he will always be there for her and will always love her.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I’ll always love you, baby
Darling, return my love
No matter where you go

Ooo Baby Baby – The Miracles

Released in 1965 on the album Going to a Go-Go

A slow dance song about a man who is sad because his lover left and will love her if she comes back.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

‘Cause I feel that one day, I’ll hold you near
Whisper, I still love you
Until that day is here, I’m crying

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – Four Tops

Released in 1965 on the album Four Tops Second Album

An upbeat song about a guy who wants to break up with his girlfriend but can’t because every time he sees her he gets weak in the knees.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

‘Cause sugar pie, honey bunch
I’m weaker than a man should be
I’m a fool in love, you see

This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) – The Isley Brothers

Released in 1966 on the album This Old Heart of Mine

A song about a man who is hurting because his lover left but he wants to let her know that he misses her and loves her.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I love you
This is old heart, darling is weak for you
I love you, yes I do, yes I do

Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops

Released in 1966 on the album Reach Out

A fun song about being there for your lover – all she needs to do is ask for it.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Reach out
I’ll be there, to love and comfort you
And I’ll be there, to cherish and care for you

It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

Released in 1966 on the album Take Two

An upbeat duet love song about a couple’s dreams coming true by having each other.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

One can wish upon a star
Two can make a wish come true, yeah
One can stand alone in the dark
Two can make a light shine through

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Released in 1967 on the album United

A mid-tempo song that was made for a wedding day. This duet song is about a couple in love and doing whatever it takes to be together.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

I Was Made To Love Her — Stevie Wonder

Released in 1967 on the album I Was Made to Love Her

A song about a man whom God made just for his lover to love and take care of her.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I know that my baby loves me
My baby needs me
That’s why we made it through the years
I was made to love her

Your Precious Love – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Released in 1967 on the album United

A slow duet love song about a rare kind of love a couple has for each other that was made in heaven.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Heaven must have sent you from above
heaven must have sent your precious love

You’re All I Need to Get By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Released in 1968 on the album You’re All I Need

A song about a couple’s destiny to love each other and they cannot get through life without each other and don’t need anything else to survive.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I will go where you lead
Always there in time of need
And when I lose my will
You’ll be there to push me up the hill

For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder

Released in 1968 on the album For Once in My Life

An upbeat love song about a man whose rainy and sad days are over now that he found his one true love.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

For once I can say
This is mine you can’t take it
As long as I know I have love I can make it
For once in my life I have someone who needs me

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Released in 1968 on the album You’re All I Need

Ever been in love? If so, you know the magic that you feel of being in love, and this song tries to explain the feelings you experience.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

No other sound is quite the same as your name
No touch can do half as much to make me feel better
So let’s stay together

1970s

I’ll Be There – Jackson 5

Released in 1970 on the album Third Album

A song about helping someone you care for no matter what to get through difficult times.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I’ll be there with a love that’s strong
I’ll be your strength
I’ll keep holdin’ on

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Released in 1971 on the album Let’s Stay Together

One of the greatest love songs of all time and a popular wedding anniversary song as it tells about loving someone for their lifetime.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Ooh, loving you forever
Is what I need
Let me, be the one you come running to
I’ll never be untrue

You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

Released in 1972 on the album Talking Book

A song that Wonder dedicated to his newborn baby and helping her grow up. The song became Wonder’s third number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

You are the sunshine of my life
That’s why I’ll always stay around
You are the apple of my eye
Forever you’ll stay in my heart

I Believe (When I Fall in Love) – Stevie Wonder

Released in 1972 on the album Talking Book

The song describes the feelings experienced when falling in love for the first time and that it will be forever.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Released in 1974 on the album Imagination

A song about being thankful for finding your one true love.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

There have been times when times were hard
But always somehow I made it, I made it through
Cause for every moment that I’ve spent hurting
There was a moment that I spent just loving you

For The Love Of You – The Isley Brothers

Released in 1975 on the album The Heat Is On

A song about feeling lucky to be loved by the one you love and wanting to love her in return.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I wanna be livin’
For the love of you, oh, yes, I am
All that I’m givin’
Is for the love of you

Three Times A Lady – The Commodores

Released in 1978 on the album Natural High

The song is a reflection of being thankful for the woman of your life and telling her you love her.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Your once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you

Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead

Released in 1979 on the album McFadden & Whitehead

From the disco era, a fun party dance song that can be played as a last dance song as you start your new life together.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

To every word I say, every word I say
Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now
We’re on the move

1980s

One In A Million You – Larry Graham

Released in 1980 on the album One In A Million You

A beautiful and romantic love song about a man who wants to live his life loving and caring for the woman of his dreams.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

A one in a million, chance of a lifetime
And life showed compassion
And sent to me a stroke of love called you
A one in a million you

Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

Released in 1981 on the album Endless Love Soundtrack

One of the most romantic duet love songs of all time for two legendary singers about how their love for each other will never die.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

‘Cause you
You mean the would to me
I know I know
I’ve found, I’ve found in you
My endless love

I Believe In You And Me – The Four Tops

Released in 1983 on the album One More Mountain

A song about having faith that a relationship will last forever and that the couple will love each other their whole lives.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

And like the river finds the sea
I was lost now I’m free
I believe in you and me

Stuck on You – Lionel Richie

Released in 1984 on the album Can’t Slow Down

Richie had many love songs as a solo artist and this song is one of my favorites about a man being in love and wanting to be with her.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I’ve packed up my troubles and I’ve thrown them all away
‘Cause this time, little darling
I’m coming home to stay

You Are My Lady – Freddie Jackson

Released in 1985 on the album Rock Me Tonight

When released this was a very popular first dance song because it tells of a man dedicating his life to the one he loves.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

You are my lady
You’re everything I need and more
You are my lady
You’re all I’m living for

1990s

I Love Your Smile – Shanice

Released in 1991 on the album Inner Child

An upbeat song about a girl who likes a boy for the way that he treats her.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I’m showin’
The life that I’m livin’
This is the life that I have
And it’s given to you

Hey Mr. D.J. – Zhané

Released in 1993 on the album Pronounced Jah-Nay

A mid-tempo dance tune asking the DJ to play some great music as it’s time to party all night.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

There’s a party over here
Yo, oh no, the party’s over there
Call up your friends, let ’em know

On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men

Released in 1994 on the album II

Many guys played this song as a proposal song but it is really about a guy asking his lady to take him back because he messed up.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Oh God give me a reason
I’m down on bended knee
I’ll never walk again until you come back to me

Because of You – 98 Degrees

Released in 1998 on the album 98 Degrees and Rising

A mid-tempo boy band love song professing your love to the one you love.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

You’re my sunshine after the rain
You’re the cure against my fear and my pain
‘Cause I’m losing my mind when you’re not around
It’s all (It’s all) It’s all because of you

Thank God I Found You – Mariah Carey featuring Joe & 98 Degrees

Released in 1999 on the album Rainbow

A song about being thankful for finding your one true love and thus the end of being lonely.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Thank God I found you
I was lost without you
My every wish and every dream
Somehow became reality

Back At One – Brian McKnight

Released in 1999 on the album Back at One

This song is about the feelings of falling in love and having an undeniable feeling that you need to spend the rest of your lives together.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

One, you’re like a dream come true
Two, just wanna be with you
Three, girl, it’s plain to see
That you’re the only one for me

2000s

Love of My Life – Brian McKnight

Released in 2001 on the album Superhero

A song about feeling extremely lucky to have your lover in your life and that you get to experience life together.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

The irreplaceable love of my life
You’re so incredible
Here in these arms of mine
The irreplaceable love of my life

Ready for Love – India.Arie

Released in 2001 on the album Acoustic Soul

The song is a declaration of wanting to find someone to share life with and hoping he will accept her to love.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I am ready for love
Here with an offering of
My voice
My Eyes
My soul
My mind

2010s

Share My Life – Kem

Released in 2010 on the album Intimacy: Album III

The song is a vow to love a girl and want to share his life with her and to trust that he will always be there for her.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Your my dream and my joy
My heart belongs to you girl
So I sat down one day and I wrote this song
Cause I need you, in my world

2020s

Lie To Me – Kem

Released in 2020 on the album Love Always Wins

A song about not having any secrets in your relationship and trusting each other.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Take a look around you
Tell me baby can’t you see
That I loved you right from the start
You wear the crown in my heart

Live Out Your Love – Kem

(featuring Toni Braxton)
Released in 2020 on the album Love Always Wins

A love song about an everlasting love that gets better with each day.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

I can’t believe
You waited for me
The little things you do to me
Now I can see
You were made in heaven
Just for me

Have a favorite Motown love song? Please share your song below in the comments!

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