The Ultimate R&B Anniversary Songs List

Get a playlist of the top R&B anniversary songs. Whether you want to serenade the love of your life, dedicate a song, plan a special dance, put together an playlist / CD for an anniversary party or a slideshow, or just set the mood while you present your anniversary gift, these moving songs will make the perfect soundtrack.

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Whether you're celebrating a wedding anniversary or a year of dating, an anniversary with just the right message will show the one you love that you'd commit to them all over again.

You can choose a song full of memories from when you first met, or a song that reflects all you've experienced as a couple. Get R&B love duets, Neo Soul anniversary songs, songs with a woman singing, and songs from male singers. Celebrate your years of loving commitment with these heartfelt R&B anniversary songs.

Black Anniversary Songs for a Husband to Dedicate

Here's a list of songs featuring a male singer to help you capture the moment. If you can't put your feelings into words, or have a hard time when it comes to "emotional stuff," let these smooth gentleman do the talking for you. We'll start from the 70's and work our way forward with a list of songs featuring vocals by a male singer.

Heatwave: Always and Forever
This timeless song has been remade by Silk, Johnny Mathis, Miss Diana Ross, the 90's R&B group Whistle, and most successfully, by Luther Vandross.

If you're old enough, you might remember this song from your prom or school dance. Or maybe it conjures images of slow dancing at a basement party with a red light bulb overhead.

I remember hearing it on the radio as a kid, but my favorite memory of it is Martin Lawrence singing it to the girl he's slow dancing with in House Party, while comparing her to "buttermilk biscuit."

The Commodores: Three Times a Lady

The Commodores: Still

Donny Hathaway: You Were Meant for Me

Donny Hathaway: A Song for You

Al Green: Let's Stay Together
Even President Obama knows how classic this soulful anniversary song is. He gave supporters a little taste of "Let's Stay Together" at Harlem's Apollo theater in January 2012.

Standout Lyrics: "Let me say that since, alright, since we’ve been together
Loving you forever is what I need
Let me be the one you come running to
I'll never be untrue"

Here's Al Green, performing it live:

Al Green: Still in Love with You

Bill Withers & Grover Washington, Jr. : Just the Two of Us

Freddie Jackson: You Are My Lady

Lionel Richie: Truly
Celebrating your 20-year anniversary? Maybe you'll enjoy these happy anniversary songs from the 90's. Take a trip back in time to when you were first dating or when you first met:

Surface: The First Time

George Benson: Love X Love

Babyface: You Are So Beautiful

New Edition: Still In Love

Luther Vandross: Always & Forever (remake of the Heatwave Classic)
If the 70's or 80's are too far back for your taste, maybe you'll enjoy Luther Vandross' 90's update of the classic song.

Kenny Lattimore: All My Tomorrows

Tony Toni Tone: Anniversary

"Anniversary" by Tony Toni Tone was made just for this special occasion. You can't find a more appropriate anniversary song than this 1993 R&B hit.

Standout lyric: "Do you know what today is? It's our anniversary, made for you and me."

Tony Terry: Everlasting Love

Boney James feat. Shai: I'll Always Love You
* This one is a nice song for childhood or high school sweethearts.

Brian McKnight: Still in Love

Eric Benet: Let's Stay Together

Modern R&B Anniversary Songs

Charlie Wilson: Our Anniversary

Charlie Wilson: You Are

J. Holiday: Forever Ain't Enough

Anthony Hamilton: Can't Let Go

Musiq Soulchild: Don't Change

"Dontchange" is a song about a love that lasts a lifetime. Musiq dons theatrical
makeup in this mini-movie that shows a couple in love aging through the years, staying in love, and celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Usher: Here I Stand

Kem: Share My Life

Kem: I Can't Stop Loving You

John Legend: Stay with You

Kenny G featuring Robin Thicke: Fall Again

Eric Benet: Real Love

The cute video for "Real Love" by Eric Benet shows loving couples of all ages. If you're looking for an R&B anniversary love song, consider this 2012 hit.

Standout Lyrics: "Cherish, a word that could describe how our love has stood the many tests of time."

Female R&B Anniversary Songs for a Girlfriend or Wife to Dedicate

Here's a list of R&B anniversary songs sung by a woman, from old to new.

Roberta Flack: First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Minnie Riperton: Lovin' You

Natalie Cole: Inseparable

Natalie Cole: This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)

Gladys Knight & The Pips: Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me

Keep things Old School with some anniversary love songs from the 80's.

Taylor Dayne: I'll Always Love You

Klymaxx: I'd Still Say Yes
Remind him that you'd accept his proposal all over again.

Sade: Your Love Is King
Everything about this song is just brilliant -- the saxophone, the buildup to crescendo, and the unmistakable voice of the one and only Sade. Guys LOVE Sade, and he'll love when you let him know he's your king with this song.

Anita Baker made some really beautiful, timeless love songs during these years. The jazzy compositions along with her silky smooth vocals were a recipe for magic. If you don't have the pipes yourself, let Anita tell your man just how you feel with one of these classic hits:

Anita Baker: You Bring Me Joy

Anita Baker: Angel

Anita Baker: Giving You the Best that I Got
Serenade your man with some songs from the 90's and beyond.

Whitney Houston: I Believe in You and Me

Toni Braxton: I Love Me Some Him

Toni Braxton:You Mean the World to Me

Monica: For You I Will

Aaliyah: At Your Best (You Are Love) [Isley Brothers remake]

Faith Evans: Never Gonna Let You Goc Sade: By Your Side

Alicia Keys: Never Felt This Way (Brian McKnight remake)

Keyshia Cole: You Complete Me

Chrisette Michele: A Couple of Forevers

R&B Anniversary Duets: African American Anniversary Songs

Two voices sing as one on these classic R&B anniversary duets:
Atlantic Star: Always

80's R&B group Atlantic Starr brought us one of the top R&B anniversary songs (and in my opinion, one of the overall best R&B songs of all time). Here's "Always," which is perfect for celebrating a lasting marriage.

Standout Lyric: "We both know, that our love will grow, and forever it will be you and me."

Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway: The Closer I Get to You

Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson: Tonight, I Celebrate My Love

Diana Ross and Lionel Richie: Endless Love

Endless Love: Mariah Carey & Luther Vandross (remake) Keith Sweat and Jacci McGhee: Make It Last Forever

Eric Benet and Tamia: Spend My Life With You

Jamie Foxx & Beyonce: When I First Saw You (Dreamgirls soundtrack)

Kindred the Family Soul: Stars

Ashford & Simpson: Solid

Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore: When I Said I Do

Johnny Gill and Stacy Lattisaw: Perfect Combination

Regina Belle and James JT Taylor : All I Want Is Forever


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  2. I was trying to remember Monica's "For You I Will" and your list had it! Thank you

  3. Do you have "On The Wings of Love" Jeffrey Osborne on your list?

  4. Glad to help, Jennifer. I think that's song is a "new classic." It still sounds great today.

  5. "On the Wings of Love" is on the "Old School" Wedding Song list. I guess it would work for anniversaries, too.