Top 50 Black Wedding Songs That Will Make Your Heart Sing

Celebrate Your Love with These Romantic and Soulful R&B Wedding Songs!

One of the best ways to honor black pride and accomplishment on a wedding day is to play music by legendary black artists. Today's popular music, which frequently has a focus on love and passion, is largely influenced by black music. Because of this, black wedding songs can be used for virtually every wedding. Are you planning a black wedding and looking for some lovely tunes to play at the ceremony and reception? Don't worry, below you'll discover wonderful ideas for every musical moment of the wedding, from the bride and groom's entrance to the newlyweds' first dance, with music ranging from gospel to blues, rock to R&B songs and hip hop to jazz.

Best black wedding playlist
Best black wedding playlist (image: Elana Walker Events)

Best Black Wedding Songs to Walk Down The Aisle

Choosing the right song to play as you walk down the aisle is an important decision with profound symbolic significance. All eyes are on the bride as she makes her grand entrance down the aisle. It's important that the music complements the solemn beauty of this time.

The song memorializes the moment you and your new partner publicly commit your lives to one another. It enables you to announce to the world that you and your intended have selected this song as the background music to your lifetime commitment to each other. Here is a collection of the top songs that are perfect for marking this special occasion.

black wedding songs to walk down the aisle
black wedding songs to walk down the aisle (Image: Black Brides UK)
  1.  “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo
  2. “Why I Love You” by Major
  3. “All This Love” by DeBarge
  4. “For You” by Kenny Lattimore
  5. “Forever” by Jason Nelson
  6. “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder
  7. “There Goes My Baby” by Charlie Wilson
  8. “So High” by John Legend
  9. “I believe In You And Me” by Whitney Houston
  10. “Nobody” by Brian McKnight 
  11. “Back AT One” by Brian McKnight
  12. “Angel of Mine” by Monica

Black Wedding Reception Entrance Songs

The entrance of the bride and groom at the wedding celebration is a memorable time for everyone. When the bride and groom are typically the center of attention at a wedding, there are ways to ensure that their grand entrance is one that guests will never forget. Whether it's a love songs to dance songs, timeless classic to the latest hit music, the black wedding entrance song needs to be perfect. Let's begin with the best music for making a memorable entrance at a black wedding.

See also: Best Country Wedding Songs

Reception entrance black wedding songs
Reception entrance black wedding songs (Image: Signature Bride)
  1. “No One” by Alicia Keys
  2. “Love On Top” by Beyoncé
  3. “Spend My Life With You” by Eric Benet & Tamia
  4. “At Last” by Etta James
  5. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  6. “Thinkin Bout You” by Frank Ocean
  7. “Candy” by Cameo
  8. “No Ordinary Love” by Sade
  9. “Just The Two Of Us” by Grover Washington Jr.
  10. “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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Black Wedding Reception Entrance Songs
Black Wedding Reception Entrance Songs

Black Wedding First Dance Songs

The first dance is the last formal event of the big day before the guests get down on the dance floor. It is an integral aspect of any wedding, therefore it's important to choose a true love song that expresses your feelings for one another. Have a look at the playlist below, if you're having trouble deciding on the most romantic music for the first dance.

Black wedding first dance songs
Black wedding first dance songs (Affinity Q Photography)
  1. “Stay With You” by John Legend
  2. “Let's Stay Together” by Al Green
  3. “By Your Side” by Sade
  4. “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole
  5. “Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka Khan
  6. “Always” by Atlantic Starr
  7. “Made to Love Ya” by Gerald Levert
  8. “Halo” by Beyoncé

 Top 10 Black Wedding Songs Lists

So…what are the top black wedding songs of all time? I'm talking about the most popular songs for various dances at weddings, including the first dance, last dance, father daughter dance songs, and mother daughter dance. This list offers everything from slow songs perfect for the first dance to upbeat selections perfect for the ceremony's grand finale. Check out the songs listed below to find the perfect one for you.

Top black wedding songs lists
Top black wedding songs lists (Neliz Photography)
  1. “Purple Rain” by “Prince
  2. “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross
  3. “Love On Top” by Beyoncé
  4. “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker
  5. “Lady in My Life” by Michael Jackson
  6. “Isn't She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
  7. “Before I Let Go” by Beyoncé
  8. “Endless Love” by Dianna Ross & Lionel Richie
  9. “Here and Now” by Luther Vandross
  10. “Caught Up in the Rapture” by Anita Baker

Black Last Dance Songs

After the heartfelt vows, touching speeches, and celebratory toasts with a couple glasses of bubbly, it's finally time to let loose and hit the dance floor. Dancing isn't just a way to move your body; it's also a way to show respect for the rich cultural history and joy of black music.

Because there are so many fantastic R&B and hip hop songs to choose from, making a playlist for the evening will be a challenge worth taking on. The beats will keep the party going all night, and the memories made on the dance floor will be ones that both the newlyweds and their fellow guests will remember forever. So let's turn up the volume and dance to the beat of love and happiness!

Black wedding last dance songs
Black wedding last dance songs (Brides Of Color)
  1. “Lady” by D'Angelo
  2. “Amen” by Anthony Hamilton
  3. “Dance For Me” by Ruff N Smooth
  4. “Good times” by Chic
  5. “Shotgun” by Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  6. “Wobble” by V.I.C
  7. “Crank That Soulja Boy” by Soulja Boy
  8. “Took Her To The O” by King Von
  9. “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey
  10. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston

Common FAQs

What are Black Wedding Songs?

Black Wedding Songs are a collection of songs honoring African American heritage and culture, and are frequently performed at weddings. Jazz, R&B, soul, and gospel are all common influences on these tracks.

Why choose black songs for weddings?

Black songs are often picked for weddings to add a sense of culture and meaning to the event or just because they are beautiful and make you feel something.

What are the most popular wedding song by a Black artist??

There are many popular compositions by Black artists, such as “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, “At Last” by Etta James, “My Girl” by The Temptations, “Love on Top” by Beyonce and “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey.

Can Black Wedding Songs be used in non-Black weddings?

Yes, any couple regardless of race or ethnicity is welcome to use Black Wedding Songs at their ceremony. The cultural importance of the songs is often less important than its beauty and ability to evoke strong feelings in the listener.

What are the best R&B songs for black weddings?

The best R&B songs for black weddings include “Always and Forever” by Heatwave, “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, “Let's Stay Together” by Al Green, “For You” by Kenny Lattimore, and “My Love” by The-Dream ft. Mariah Carey.

Are Black Wedding Songs only romantic songs?

No, Black Wedding Songs can be both romantic and upbeat. Songs like Stevie Wonder's “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” are more upbeat and excited at the same time. There are other songs that are more inspiring and encouraging such as “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston.

Final Thoughts

It's important to have the right music for your wedding because it's one of the most special days of your life. There are several ways to establish an impressive mood, and you might go with a tried-and-true playlist if that's what you want. However, your songs can add a unique and personal touch to your nuptials. You can have the wedding of your dreams by playing music that reflect your playful side or the special chemistry you and your partner share. The collection of black wedding songs above is simply one approach to find wonderful tunes for your wedding playlist.

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