You have the best venue, a kicking DJ, and a professional wedding planner. Is it too much? Your wedding. That bass line, those smooth vocals. Your wedding reception is going to be epic. Your wedding party is going to get down.
Getting Ready R&B Wedding Songs
Listen to the best R&B love songs
What is Rhythm & Blues?
A powerful, vulnerable vocal performance—the kind that artists like Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, and Solange have delivered in spades—is key. Whether the instrumental is a lush Motown arrangement with swooning horns and strings or a slinky digital creation, it has to add depth to the record and make the singer sound better. As he often did, Wanya stole the show, particularly on the pre-chorus as he pleads with such sincerity it feels like he might just be able to turn back time. He doesn't focus on the big picture, but instead zooms all the way in on a single soldier: young, impressionable, and unaware of the full gravity of the choice they've made to fight these hollow battles. Many protest songs focused on the war in the abstract, but Withers's song captures the tragedy on an individual scale with precise, heartrending details. This lush, layered track is ironically about cutting to the chase. On "How Does It Feel," D'Angelo promises happiness in exchange for forthrightness, while stacking heavenly, unconventional harmonies like a Jenga tower. In , a young singer named Etta James breathed life into a '40s show tune, putting together a soulful, string-centric arrangement and making it the title track of her debut album. It's a tall task to eclipse an Otis Redding track, but that's what Aretha Franklin did with her take on "Respect.
If you ask me, very few things can compare. It makes perfect sense, because these songs are crazy hot. Have you ever loved someone so much, they become the only thing you care about? Alicia Keys sure did. This song is one of the many, many love songs that Alicia Keys made deserving of mention. That being said, we had to pick just one. This one might just be the most soulful of all her songs, and that means something serious. This might not really seem like a love song at first, but hear me out. The only thing she really wants in return is love and respect.