150 Best R&B Wedding Songs Classic & Modern + Lyric Quotes
Updated on November 10, 2022 | Written by Matthew Campbell
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 150 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.
Let’s start with the most popular right now.
Top 10 R&B Songs Streamed
(by Amazon downloads)
- “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
- “Yeah!” by Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris
- “September” by Earth Wind & Fire
- “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang
- “Numb” by Marshmello x Khalid
- “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys
- “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
- “All Of Me” by John Legend
- “Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy
- “Love In The Way” by BLEU & Nicki Minaj
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The Best R&B Wedding Songs For Your 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.
Modern R&B Wedding Songs
Forever – Lee Fields
Released in 2022 on the album Sentimental Fool
Meaningful Lyrics: “I wanna hold you forever / I wanna love you forever / I wanna love you, yes I do now”
Why Play: A timeless soul ballad with an old sound to a new romantic song.
Stay – Alicia Keys, Lucky Daye
All She Wanna Do – John Legend & Saweetie
Released in 2022 on the album LEGEND
Meaningful Lyrics: “Got me in the palm of her hands / She don’t want this song to be over / Feels like I been waitin’ for / Forever and a night to get this chance”
Make Me Say It Again, Girl – The Isley Brothers, Beyonce
Main One – Mario, Tory Lanez
Handle Me Gently – Ne-Yo
Released in 2022 on the album Self Explanatory
Meaningful 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”
trust – Thuy, RINI
So Into You (Darkchild Main Version) – Jac Ross
Keeps On Fallin’ – Babyface, Ella Mai
Released in 2022 on the album Keeps On Fallin’
Meaningful 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”
Too Much – Mark Ronson, Lucky Daye
About Damn Time – Lizzo
You (Rework) – Selah Sue
Angel (Acoustic) – Ric Hassani
Stuck On You – Kem
Love’s Train – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
No Stoppin’ Us – Charlie Wilson, Johnny Gill, Babyface, K-Ci Hailey
Wanna Love You – Otis Kane
The Only One – Ellison Kendrick
Marry Me – Teddy Campbell Band
Faithfully – Brian McKnight
I Do – Rotimi
No Place Like You – After 7
Is This Love – Allen Stone
Leave the Door Open – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
Released in 2021 on the album An Evening with Silk Sonic
Meaningful 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”
Have Mercy – Chlöe
Kiss Me More – Doja Cat, SZA
Blessed – Hil St. Soul, Noel Gourdin
Incomplete – Jay Sean
I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste
I Found A Love (Live at Levon Helm Studios) – José James, Taali
Released in 2021 on the album José James: New York 2020 (Live)
Meaningful 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”
You’re The One – Leela James
Fell In Love – LeVelle, Anthony Hamilton
Flawless Diamond – Lyfe Jennings, Amina Buddafly
Silly Love Songs – Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr.
Released in 2021 on the album Blackbird: Lennon-McCartney Icons
Meaningful 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”
Forever My Love – Mýa
Released in 2021 on the album Forever My Love
Meaningful Lyrics: “Plain to see it’s you & me / It’s you I never wanna leave / Heart was locked, you found the key / Will you stay / Forever my love, my love”
Without You – Otis Kane
At My Worst – Pink Sweat$ feat. Kehlani
Be The One – Ruff Endz
All I Need Is You – Salaam Remi
Released in 2021 on the album All I Need Is You
Meaningful 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”
Grow – Samm Henshaw
Released in 2021 on the album Grow
Meaningful Lyrics: “Together we’ll grow, yeah / (More in love) / Oh, no no no / Grow baby / (So in love) / Oh, it won’t be easy but if we stay together we’ll be / (More in love)”
Love of My Life – Sentury
Take My Breath – The Weeknd
Conversations in the Dark – John Legend
Falling for You – Alex Harris
Be Here – Boney James feat. Kenny Lattimore
Marry Your Daughter – Brian McKnight Jr.
Nobody – Brian McKnight
All Of My Love – Charlie Wilson feat. Smokey Robinson
Forever Valentine – Charlie Wilson
Go Crazy – Chris Brown & Young Thug
Already Knew You – Eric Roberson
All I Need Is You – Hasan Christopher
Forever Yours – J. Brown
Forever Moments – Joshua Cruz
Live Out Your Love – Kem, Toni Braxton
Anything For You (The Duet) – Ledisi & PJ Morton
U 2 Luv – Ne-Yo & Jeremih
All Mine – Ralph Tresvant feat. Johnny Gill
Forever Mine – Robin Thicke
Love Somebody – Rotimi
One in a Million – Will Downing
So Much More – Xavier Omär
Released in 2020 on the album If You Feel
Meaningful Lyrics: “Baby you’re so much more / So much more / Than anything I dreamed of / I prayed a thousand prayers / I found someone who cares / And so much more”
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2010s R&B Wedding Songs
Consider Me – Allen Stone
Ain’t Nothin Like The One I’ve Got – Calvin Richardson
Say So – Doja Cat
Perfect – Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant
Feels – Kehlani
Yearning For Your Love – Pj Morton
Sent From Heaven – Rahsaan Patterson
Find Someone Like You – Snoh Aalegra
Released in 2019 on the album Find Someone Like You
Meaningful 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”
Our Song – Tank
Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
Collide – Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG
Flirtin’ w / Forever – Wayne Brady feat. Cat Gray
Best Day Ever – Andy Stokes
My Word – Derran Day
A Good Night – John Legend feat. BloodPop®
Better – Khalid
Beyond – Leon Bridges
Today I Do – Tamia
Every Kind Of Way – H.E.R.
Why I Love You – MAJOR.
Released in 2016 on the album I Am MAJOR.
Meaningful 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”
Forever Mine – Andra Day
Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
Released in 2015 on the album Title
Meaningful 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”
Fall For You – Leela James
You & I – Avant feat. KeKe Wyatt
Marry Me – Jason Derulo
Released in 2013 on the album Tattoos
Meaningful 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?”
All Of Me – John Legend
This Is Love – Kelly Rowland
I’m Sure It’s You (The Wedding Song) – Sheléa
Adorn – Miguel
4evermore – Anthony David
So In Love – Jill Scott feat. Anthony Hamilton
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Share My Life – Kem
Released in 2010 on the album Intimacy: Album III
Meaningful 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”
Forever – The Floacist feat. Musiq Soulchild
Best of Me – TSoul
If you are more in the party mood, see our list of Hip Hop wedding songs.
2000s R&B Wedding Songs
Your Joy – Chrisette Michele
Yeah – Usher Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Crazy In Love – Beyonce
Love Of My Life – Brian McKnight
Made To Love Ya – Gerald Levert
Forever – Jaheim
Lifetime – Maxwell
Let’s Get Married (ReMarqable Remix) – Jagged Edge
Check out our complete list of 75 1990s R&B Love Songs.
1990s R&B Wedding Songs
Happily Ever After – Case
Spend My Life With You – Eric Benet and Tamia
By Your Side – Sade
Incomplete – Sisqo
For You I Will – Monica
Released in 1998 on the album The Boy Is Mine
Meaningful 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”
All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo
For You – Kenny Lattimore
Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison
Lady – D’Angelo
This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men
I’m Ready – Tevin Campbell
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) – Hi Five
If older R&B is your thing, check out our list of Motown love songs.
Classic R&B Wedding Songs
Here And Now – Luther Vandross
Shower Me with Your Love – Surface
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
Kiss – Prince
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Just When I Needed You – Roberta Flack
Let’s Groove – Earth Wind & Fire
You’re Latest, Greatest Inspiration – Teddy Pendergrass
Released in 1981 on the album It’s Time for Love
Meaningful 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”
Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Love X Love – George Benson
When We Get Married – Larry Graham
Shining Star – The Manhattans
I Do Love You – G.Q.
I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
Forever Mine – The O’Jays
Released in 1979 on the album Identify Yourself
Meaningful 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”
Three Times A Lady – The Commodores
Brick House – The Commodores
Always and Forever – Heatwave
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
For The Love Of You – The Isley Brothers
Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe – Barry White
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – The Spinners
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
At Last – Etta James
A genre song list to see next is our list of Christian wedding songs.
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 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 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 it’s rhythm and blues. If you want folks to get out of their chairs, stop gossiping about your Great Aunt Ruth, and hit the dance floor, R&B is a must!
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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