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R&B Wedding Songs: 11 R&B Songs for Your First Dance

Romantic tunes to start off married life.

If you and your beloved are fans of R&B music, take a look at this list of first dance song ideas in the rhythm-and-blues genre that's loved by so many couples in love.

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While trying to figure out a first dance song for your wedding, it can help to narrow down options by genre first. Simply choosing your preferred style of music is recommended, but if you and your future spouse have differing taste or you truly enjoy a variety of sounds, you may want to consider R&B.

Fans of the smooth rhythm-and-blues genre love the soulful sound and often sensual beats. Romance is often a lyrical theme for these tunes, meaning there’s quite a variety to choose from that would make for a wonderful love songs, and therefore wedding-song options.

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Whether you want a wedding song that's nostalgic, old school, or modern, one of these R&B wedding songs are bound to be right for your wedding day. Below are some of our favorite R&B wedding song options for you and your beloved to consider.

R&B Wedding Songs

“Let’s Stay Together” - Al Green

Notable lyrics from Al Green that give a nice R&B vibe to the traditional wedding vows of loving someone for better or for worse:

"I'm, I'm so in love with you. Whatever you want to do, is all right with me. 'Cause you make me feel so brand new, and I want to spend my life with you. Let me say that since, baby, since we've been together. Ooh, loving you forever, is what I need. Let me be the one you come running to, I'll never be untrue. Ooh baby. Let's, let's stay together. Loving you whether, whether, times are good or bad, happy or sad."

“All of Me” - John Legend

Notable lyrics from John Legend, who wrote the song for his wife Chrissy Teigen:

"'Cause all of me, loves all of you. Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections. Give your all to me, I'll give my all to you. You're my end and my beginnin', even when I lose, I'm winnin'. 'Cause I give you all of me, and you give me all of you."

“By Your Side” - Sade

Notable lyrics from Sade's song about being by someone's side, always – a beautiful sentiment for a first dance song:

"You think I'd leave your side, baby, you know me better than that. You think I'd leave you down, when you're down on your knees, I wouldn't do that. I'll tell you you're right when you're wrong, and if only you could see into me. Oh, when you're cold I'll be there, hold you tight to me. Oh, when you're low I'll be there, by your side, baby."

“No One” - Alicia Keys

Notable lyrics from Alicia Keys' love song about how absolutely no one could get in the way of her love for her beloved:

"I just want you close, where you can stay forever. You can be sure, that it will only get better. You and me together, through the days and nights. I don't worry 'cause everything's gonna be alright."

"I know some people search the world, to find something like what we have. I know people will try, try to divide something so real. So 'til the end of time, I'm telling you there ain't no one. No one, no one, can get in the way of what I'm feeling."

“Overjoyed” - Stevie Wonder

Notable lyrics from this song by Stevie Wonder – though the talented artist has many wedding songs that could have made this list as well:

"Over time, I've been building my castle of love. Just for two, though you never knew you were my reason. I've gone much too far for you now to say that I've got to throw my castle away. Over dreams, I have picked out a perfect come true."

“Back at One” - Brian McKnight

Notable lyrics from Brian McKnight's rhythm-and-blues hit that will likely be a popular first dance song and one of the best R&B wedding songs for decades to come:

"Say farewell to the dark of night, I see the comin' of the sun. I feel like a little child, whose life has just begun. You came and breathed new life into this lonely heart of mine. You threw out the lifeline, just in the nick of time. One, you're like a dream come true. Two, just wanna be with you. Three, girl, it's plain to see, that you're the only one for me. And four, repeat steps one through three. Five, make you fall in love with me. If ever I believe my work is done, then I'll start back at one."

“All My Life” - K-Ci & JoJo

Notable Lyrics from "All My Life" – a wonderful song for a wedding as it's all about finding the one you've searched for your whole life:

"Girl you are close to me you're like my mother, close to me you're like my father, close to me you're like my sister, close to me you're like my brother. And you are the only one, my everything, and for you this song I sing. All my life I prayed for someone like you, and I thank God that I, that I finally found you."

“XO” - Beyoncé 

Notable lyrics from Beyoncé's hit:

"I love you like XO. You love me like XO. You kill me boy XO. You love me like XO. All that I see, give me everything."

“You Send Me” - Sam Cooke

Notable lyrics from this 1957 R&B song from the legendary Sam Cooke:

"At first I thought it was infatuation. But, woo, it's lasted so long. Now I find myself wanting, to marry you and take you home."

"Endless Love" - Lionel RichieDiana Ross

Notable lyrics from this song performed by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross for the movie of the same name:

"My love, there's only you in my life. The only thing that's right. My first love. You're every breath that I take. You're every step I make. And I, I want to share all my love with you. No one else will do. And your eyes. Your eyes, your eyes. They tell me how much you care. Ooh yes, you will always be, my endless love. Two hearts, two hearts that beat as one. Our lives have just begun."

“Adorn” - Miguel

Notable lyrics from this love song by modern R&B favorite, Miguel:

"Oh, yeah. The same way that the stars adorn the skies, yeah (every night, baby). Oh, and look up, sugar (every night, baby). Now, hey, hey, hey. The same way that my whole world's in your eyes (when I look in your eyes, baby). Ooh, and it's time now (you know that it's time, baby), to let, let my love adorn you baby."

For fans of other genres, find first dance options in alternative rock and musicals. Also, be sure to check out Chudney Ross' wedding that her mother Diana Ross officiated, as well as this wedding that featured Brian McKnight as a musical guest singing "Never Felt This Way" for the couple's first dance.