John Legend serenaded his beautiful wife Chrissy Teigen when the couple married at Lake Como last September. Not only did the R&B crooner perform, the legendary Stevie Wonder sang ‘River in the Sky’ at the reception. Nice. Let’s check out a few great tunes if you’re all about playing the best R&B wedding songs list!
‘Let’s Stay Together,’ Al Green
The R&B legend cranked out a string of soulful hits before retiring to become a minister. “Let’s Stay Together” remains a fan favorite, and has been covered by non other than Tina Turner. A great r&b wedding song for a first dance, as it’s about–wait for it–staying together, no R&B wedding playlist should be without a little Al!
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‘I Say a Little Prayer,’ Dionne Warwick
One of Warwick’s most beloved hits, this R&B wedding song found a new audience in 1997 when it was featured in the famous restaurant sing-along scene from My Best Friend’s Wedding. With lyrics like “Forever and ever/You stay in my heart and I will love you/Forever and ever/We never will part,” it’s pretty gosh-darn appropriate for a wedding!
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‘Son of a Preacher Man,’ Dusty Springfield
Arguably one of the most soulful singers of the ’60s, the legendary Dusty Springfield has a hit list full of wedding-appropriate songs, including ‘Wishin’ and Hopin,’ which was also featured in My Best Friend’s Wedding! ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ remains her most recognizable hit, and certainly works if your hubby was the only boy who could ever “reach you.”
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‘I Knew You Were Waiting For Me,’ Aretha Franklin and George Michael
What R&B playlist is complete without the Queen of Soul? Franklin’s ’80s smash with George Michael is a perfect wedding song, as it’s all about overcoming obstacles and ending up with the one you love, who was always waiting for you. “When the river was deep/I didn’t falter/When the mountain was high/I still believed/When the valley was low/It didn’t stop me, no, no/I knew you were waiting/I knew you were waiting for me” make wonderful wedding lyrics, plus this song will definitely get everyone up and moving! Other Franklin hits ideal for weddings include ‘Day Dreaming’ and ‘Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Going to Do).’
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‘The Way You Look Tonight,’ Frank Sinatra
Ol’ Blue Eyes knew a thing or two about love songs, and certainly had his fair share of romantic relationships, including his famous marriages to Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow. ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ is one of the most romantic songs, well, ever, and is ideal for any wedding. After all, the way you look in your wedding dress is certainly worth singing about!
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‘Uptight (Everything’s Alright)’, Stevie Wonder
One of the legend’s earliest hits, ‘Uptight (Everything’s Alright)’ is another great tune for inspiring dance moves, and certainly fits a wedding with lyrics such as “She’s a pearl of a girl” and “She says no one/is better than I/I know/I’m just an average guy/no football hero or smooth Don Juan.” Besides, Wonder is another must-have for any R&B wedding playlist, and offers many wonderful, romantic hits to choose from in addition to ‘Uptight.’
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These are just a few suggestions for the ultimate R&B wedding playlist! What are you favorites?