30 of the Best R&B Wedding Songs to Jumpstart Your Wedding Playlist in 2021

So, you’re all set for one of the most important days of your life, but there’s just one thing left to do – make the playlist!

From choosing the perfect entrance song for your walk down the aisle, setting the tone for your all-important first dance, and, of course, making sure that the evening party is a hit, we’ve got the soundtrack to every R&B lover’s wedding covered.

And if you’re in a hurry and just want a quick peek of the full list, please use our 30 best R&B wedding songs Spotify playlist – all-in-one.

Popular R&B Songs Right Now

1. Go Crazy – Chris Brown ft. Young Thug

Make sure that Go Crazy features on your evening reception playlist. If you haven’t heard it yet (seriously, where have you been?) it’s a fun, upbeat song set alight by Chris Brown’s effortless vocals. It’s a floor filler!

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

2. Laugh Now Cry Later – Drake ft. Lil Durk

Laugh Now Cry Later is one of Drake’s smoothest songs to date, and one of the catchiest. It’s energetic, fun, and is sure to get everyone on the dancefloor singing the hook, ‘Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry, at least you know now!’

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

3. Savage Remix – Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyonce

Classy, boujee, ratchet…you know how it goes. This hugely popular song from Megan Thee Stallion inspired a TikTok dance trend and has already reached top positions in the charts.

This new remix features the one and only Beyoncé and puts a new twist on the catchy track. Who wouldn’t want it played at their wedding?

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

4. Like That – Doja Cat ft. Gucci Mane

Like That is a catchy blend of R&B groove and sugary bubblegum pop. Doja’s soft vocals and confident lyrics invite the listener to celebrate female empowerment, making it the perfect song for the bride and her bridesmaids!

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

5. The Other Side – SZA ft. Justin Timberlake

Like That is a catchy blend of R&B groove and sugary bubblegum pop.

Doja’s soft vocals and confident lyrics invite the listener to celebrate female empowerment, making it the perfect song for the bride and her bridesmaids!

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

First Dance R&B Songs

6. Cupid – 112

According to Roman mythology, Cupid’s arrow causes whoever it strikes to fall madly in love, and this classic finds 112 exploring that feeling with a modern twist.

It features a simple, guitar-driven melody that’s romantic without being cringy, and will allow you and your special someone’s love to take center stage.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

7. 1 + 1 – Beyoncé

This poignant ballad shows a more vulnerable side of Beyoncé. Her stripped back vocals float over a romantic guitar riff, so it should come as no surprise that this is one of the most popular first dance songs for couples all over.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

8. Here and Now – Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross’s velvety voice has earned him an invitation to wedding ceremonies worldwide!

This honey-smooth track is soulful without being cheesy and would make a memorable first dance choice.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

9. If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys

Slow things down with this well-known ballad. Songstress Alicia Keys croons over the iconic piano melody, delivering one important message that material things don’t feed the soul.

If you want your first dance song to capture that old-school romance, If I Ain’t Got You is the soundtrack for your special moment.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

10. By Your Side – Sade

By Your Side is often referred to as one of the greatest love songs of all time.

Its mellow and flavorful beat allows the listener to fully feel the sincerity of the beautiful lyrics. Soulful and sensual, it’s a fitting first-dance song indeed.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

11. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill’s cover of the Frankie Valli classic is iconic and a song that everyone will know.

The catchy rendition is elevated by a simple guitar melody and Hill’s distinctive voice and will be the perfect first-dance choice for any R&B lover.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

12. Happily Ever After – Case

Happily Ever After is old school R&B at its finest. It’s a slow-tempo tune filled with chimes, Case’s smooth vocals, and the occasional wedding bell.

It’s worthy of being anyone’s first dance song.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

13. Best Part – H.E.R ft. Daniel Caesar

‘If life is a movie, you’re the best part’ H.E.R and Daniel Caesar’s soulful collaboration continues to pull on heartstrings since its release in 2017.

If there was ever a song specifically made for a first dance, we think it would be this.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

Classic Wedding R&B Songs

14. My Boo – Usher ft. Alicia Keys

There’s always that one person that will always have your heart… My Boo is a sparkling R&B classic.

Capturing the bittersweet feeling of falling in love for the first time, this is a track sure to get everyone in their feels.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

15. Into You – Fabolous ft. Tamia

Ask anyone, Into You is classic. Whether you want it played as you walk down the aisle or for your first dance, this iconic duet will make any couple want to say ‘I do’.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

16. Never – Jaheim

Seriously, there’s nothing quite like a Jaheim ballad to get those wedding vibes flowing.

From cutting the cake to walking down the aisle, this is an ideal choice.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

17. Here I Stand – Usher

Though Usher is a modern R&B star, he certainly has a knack of turning each one of his songs into a certified classic!

No stranger to love songs, Usher delivers sultry, sensual vibes on Here I stand, and is the perfect way for any groom to express his love to his bride.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

18. I Belong To You (Every time I See Your Face) – Rome

Legendary R&B singer Rome serves up classic 90’s love vibes with this falsetto-heavy song and would make a fitting tune to anyone’s wedding day.

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19. That’s Why I Love You – Boyz II Men

If the name iconic name ‘ Boyz II Men’ isn’t sealing the deal, just one listen to this romantic slow jam is enough to land it on your playlist.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

20. Daddy – Beyonce

On the hunt for the perfect father-daughter dance? This sentimental track from Queen Bey is the perfect soundtrack for the special moment.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

21. Sexy Love – Neyo

Sexy Love is one of Neyo’s biggest hits and displays Neyo professing his love for a girl that he truly loves and can’t stay away from.

Whether it’s playing in the background between speeches or getting dedicated to the bride, this is a song worthy of being played at your wedding!

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

Floor-Filler Wedding R&B Songs

22. Suga Suga – Baby Bash

Suga Suga has one of the most well-known hooks of all time. It’s a mellow R&B favorite that’ll set the mood for the evening party.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

23. Dance With Me – 112

The name’s a giveaway, but this upbeat tune from 112 is the perfect R&B track for the evening festivities.

Add it to your party playlist if you want to get the good energy flowing.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

24. Still Not A Player – Big Pun ft. Joe

Everyone knows this song! Besides being one of the catchiest R&B player songs of all time, it’s also the biggest song of Pun’s career, and charted at #6 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart when it was released.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

25. Whatta Man – Salt N Pepa

Turn attention to the groom with this iconic anthem. It’s the perfect way for any bride to show her love for her husband, while the energetic tempo is sure to get people out of their seats.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

26. Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake…need we say more? Rock Your Body has been soundtracking wedding parties since its release back in 2002.

It’s fun, playful and will appeal to all ages.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

27. Dilemma – Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland

‘No matter what I do, all I think about is you…’ Dilemma is a song that many of us have grown up listening to.

Arguably the most successful song to come out of both Nelly and Kelly’s individual careers, it’s guaranteed to be a hit during your evening reception.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

28. My Boo – Ghost Town DJ’s Hitman’s Club Remix

My Boo is a one-hit-wonder and the only song that Ghost Town DJ’s ever released!

Though it was released way back in 1996, it had a resurgence in popularity 20 years later, all thanks to the #runningmanchallenge that swept across social media. Its ridiculously catchy, vibrant beat will keep the energy high.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

29. Put It On Me – Ja Rule ft. Vita

Put it on me is a song written and performed by Ja Rule and dedicated to his wife, Aisha Murray, who he met in the tenth grade.

It’s a celebration of ride or die love, and is a fitting tribute to newlyweds everywhere.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

30. U Know What’s Up – Donell Jones ft. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes

Besides being one of the leading songs on the ‘Save the Last Dance’ soundtrack, U Know What’s Up has enjoyed commercial success since its release in 1999.

It features a collaboration with late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of girl group TLC and is a certified classic that’s sure to get your loved ones up on the dance floor.

Listen on: Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube

YouTube Playlist

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