motown love songs for wedding

When many think of Motown, they may forget that Motown is an actual record label 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 have grooved their 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.

motown love songs for wedding

Many of Motown’s songs lend themselves perfectly for playing at weddings. Motown has released many hits over the years and many released as love songs. No matter the tempo, we list both fast tempo and slow tempo love songs. However, our focus is on the top 10 slow Motown love songs perfect for your wedding.

Motown Love Songs – 1950s & 1960s

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You Really Got A Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
1962, The Fabulous Miracles

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
1964, Four Tops

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


My Girl – The Temptations
1964, The Temptations Sing Smokey

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
1965, The Original Spinners

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


Ooo Baby Baby – The Miracles
1965, Going to a Go-Go

‘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
1965, Four Tops Second Album

‘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
1966, This Old Heart of Mine

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
1966, Reach Out

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
1966, Take Two

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
1967, United

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
1967, I Was Made to Love Her

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
1967, United

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
1968, You’re All I Need

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
1968, For Once in My Life

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
1968, You’re All I Need

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


Motown Love Songs – 1970s

I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
1970, Third Album

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
1971, Let’s Stay Together

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
1972, Talking Book

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
1972, Talking Book

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
1974, Imagination

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
1975, The Heat Is On

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
1978, Natural High

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


Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead
1979, McFadden & Whitehead

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


Motown Love Songs – 1980s

One In A Million You – Larry Graham
1980, One In A Million 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
1981, Endless Love Soundtrack

‘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
1983, One More Mountain

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
1984, Can’t Slow Down

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
1985, Rock Me Tonight

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


Motown Love Songs – 1990s

I Love Your Smile – Shanice
1991, Inner Child

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
1993, Pronounced Jah-Nay

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
1994, II

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
1998, 98 Degrees and Rising

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
1999, Rainbow

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


Back At One – Brian McKnight
1999, Back at One

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


Motown Love Songs – 2000s

Love of My Life – Brian McKnight
2001, Superhero

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
2001, Acoustic Soul

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


Motown Love Songs – 2010s

Share My Life – Kem
2010, Intimacy: Album III

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


Motown Love Songs – 2020s

Lie To Me – Kem
2020, Love Always Wins

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)
2020, Love Always Wins

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


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