Celebrate your wedding with all the songs you remember and love. Whether it's a boy band or girl group, New Jack Swing, a one-hit wonder, or a special song by one of your favorite diva, find a song that moves you to capture that special moment. Choose some African American wedding songs with Soul.
90's R&B Wedding Songs
Here's a mid-90's smash hit wedding song by female R&B group Pure Soul. This was the first true "wedding" song of that era.
Get "We Must Be in Love" by Pure Soul.
Tony Terry: With You
There's all kinds of early 90′s New Jack Swing goodness in the outfits and hair, but the song itself is timeless. With You is a great R&B wedding song.
Standout lyric: "When I'm with you, the sun shines my way. Baby, our love reflects its rays of light on everyone in the world."
Guy: Let's Chill
Let's Chill is the quintessential New Jack Swing-era wedding song from Guy (The Future album).
Standout lyric: "Let's chill. Let's settle down. That's what I wanna do. Just me and you."
90's R&B Wedding SongsSome of those slow jams you remember from the 1990s would make great wedding songs. It wasn't all high-top fades and New Jack Swing. (I remember. I was there.) It was the birth of Neo Soul, the rebirth of R&B bands, and the 3rd (and most prolific) wave of boy bands. Check out this 90s R&B Wedding Playlist:
Whitney Houston: I Believe in You and Me
Luther Vandross: Here and Now
Luther Vandross: Always and Forever (Heatwave remake)
Whistle: Always and Forever (Heatwave remake)
Guy: Let's Chill
Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson: A Whole New World (from Disney's Aladdin)
Endless Love: Mariah Carey & Luther Vandross (remake)
Teena Marie: If I Were a Bell
Tony Terry: With You
Tony Terry: Everlasting Love
Surface: The First Time
After 7: Ready or Not
Pure Soul: We Must Be In Love
Jon B. featuring Babyface: Someone to Love
Brian McKnight: Never Felt This Way (He serenaded Gina in this episode of Martin.)
Babyface: You Are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker remake. He serenaded Gina with this at the wedding on the Martin sitcom.)
Babyface (w/ Mariah Carey): Everytime I Close My Eyes
Maxwell: Whenever, Wherever, Whatever
Aaliyah: At Your Best (You Are Love)
Patti LaBelle: My Love, Sweet Love
Faith Evans: Kissing You
Faith Evans: Never Gonna Let You Go
Monica: For You I Will
Tony Toni Tone: Just Me and You
Toni Braxton: You Mean the World to Me
K-Ci and JoJo: All My Life
K-Ci and JoJo: Tell Me It's Real
Shai: Together Forever
Lauryn Hill and D'angelo: Nothing Even Matters
112: Crazy Over You
Jagged Edge: I Gotta Be
Jagged Edge: The Rest of Our Lives
Dru Hill: Share My World
New Edition: Still In Love
Jodeci: Forever My Lady (the shotgun wedding song, I suppose)
Jodeci: My Heart Belongs to U
Jodeci: Love U 4 Life
Kenny Lattimore: All My Tomorrows
Mint Condition: This Day, This Minute, Right Now
Eric Benet and Tamia: Spend My Life With You
Case: Happily Ever After
Love U 4 Life is a classic 90s ballad from Jodeci, the group that made them better than anybody else. The video stars T-Boz from TLC.
Standout lyric: "Do you believe in love, and the promise that it gives?
I wanna love you for life, 'cause your love is why I live."
Eric Benet and Tamia: Spend My Life with You
I don't know this couple, (so I hope they don't mind me showcasing this), but boy are they adorable, and Eric Benet and Tamia's duet, "Spend My Life With You" is a perfect R&B song for their first dance.
Standout lyric: Well, it's a wedding song through and through, but my favorite line is,
"Can I just see you every morning when I open my eyes?"
By the early aughts, Neo Soul was in full swing. One of the best wedding songs of the decade came from one of the pioneers of the genre, Maxwell.
I don't know an R&B-lovin' bride alive who wouldn't want the sexiness that is Maxwell to serenade them with this tune. Here's "Fortunate" by Maxwell
K-Ci & JoJo: This Very Moment
Everyone knows "All my Life," but the Hailey brothers from Jodeci have another wedding anthem that you should consider if you're choosing R&B wedding songs. Here's "This Very Moment," which was featured on the Deliver us from Eva soundtrack. Look out for cameos in the movie's cast: Duane Martin, Meagan Goode, Robinne Lee, Essence Atkins and Mel Jackson.
Standout lyric: "This is the day that I prayed for, and you are the girl of my dreams."
2000's R&B Wedding Songs & Neo Soul Wedding Songs
India Arie: Beautiful Surprise
Boyz II Men: I Do
Boyz II Men: Thank You in Advance
Brandy: He Is
Brian McKnight: Love of My Life
Jagged Edge: Let's Get Married
R. Kelly: Forever More
Glenn Jones and Regina Belle: From Now On
Heather Headley: If It Wasn't for Your Love
Dave Hollister: Forever
Gerald Levert: Made to Love Ya
R. Kelly: Forever
Kenny Lattimore: For You
Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You
Alicia Keys: Never Felt This Way (Brian McKnight remake)
Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore: When I Said I Do
Jesse Powell: You
Kindred the Family Soul: Stars
Amel Larrieux: Make Me Whole
Musiq Soulchild: Love, also available as an instrumental
Sade: By Your Side
Tyrese: For Always
2005-2009 Soulful Wedding SongsThese are selections from the late-2000's.
Eric Benet: I Wanna Be Loved
Eric Benet: The Last Time
John Legend: So High
Kem: I Can't Stop Loving You
Bobby Valentino (Bobby V): Just Me & You, feat. Raphael Saadiq (Tony, Toni, Tone remake)
Bobby Valentino: Stay With Me
Bobby Valentino: Give Me Your Heart
Jaheim featuring Next: Anything
Keyshia Cole: Heaven Sent
Keyshia Cole: You Complete Me
Chrisette Michele: Your Joy (father / daughter song)
Chrisette Michele: Golden
Jamie Foxx & Beyonce: When I First Saw You (Dreamgirls soundtrack)
Mint Condition: I'm Ready
J. Holiday: Forever Ain't Enough
Anthony Hamilton: Can't Let Go
Johnny Gill: You for Me (The Wedding Song)
Musiq Soulchild: Someone
Jennifer Hudson: Giving Myself
Usher: Here I Stand
Maxwell: Pretty Wings
I Found Love (Cindy's Song): BeBe & CeCe Winans
Eric Roberson: BreakItDown (Break It Down)
Ne-Yo: Never Knew I Needed
Ne-Yo: Stop this World
Jumping the Broom Soundtrack
2010 - 2014 R&B Wedding Songs
Kem: Share My Life
Anthony David: 4Evermore, also known as “Forevermore (I Shine and You Shine)”
Luke James: I Want You
Eric Benet: Real Love
Eric Benet: Never Want to Live Without You
Musiq Soulchild: Yes
Robin Thicke: 4 the Rest of My Life
Janelle Monae & Miguel: PrimeTime
Jahiem: In My Hands
Chrisette Michele: A Couple of Forevers
Faith Evans: Tears of Joy * A really soulful song. Faith goes to 'Chuuch' on this one!
Tank: Next Breath
Bruno Mars: Marry You
Charlie Wilson: You Are
Charlie Wilson: Once and Forever
Alicia Keys: Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)
Justin Timberlake: Not a Bad Thing
Jason Derulo: What If
Charlie Wilson: You Are
The song "You Are" by "Uncle Charlie" of The Gap Band has the wedding-themed video to go with it, but "Once and Forever" would also make a nice wedding song.
R&B Wedding Songs 2015 / 2016The style of R&B has changed a lot over the years. Some of these songs are more of-the-moment and trendy than timeless, but it doesn't matter as long as the song means something to you. Here are some good R&B wedding songs from 2010 – 2015:
Wale feat. Usher: The Matrimony
Tamia: Stuck with Me
John Legend & Meghan Trainor: Like I'm Gonna Lose You
Stacy Barthe: To Be Loved
John Legend: All of Me
Jason Derulo: Marry Me
Tyrese feat. Brandy: The Rest of Our Lives