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80 Soul And Motown Songs For Your First Dance

Last Updated: 24th March 2022

It’s easy to see why soul and Motown is one of the most popular genres for a first dance. With sweet and sentimental lyrics from world-famous artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations, not only have these songs stood the test of time, but are some of the most romantic songs ever written.

To help you choose the perfect tune, we’ve collated our favourite soul and Motown first dance songs. We’ve thrown in some songs from outside of the Motown label as well to give you as much choice as possible. Many are the perfect pace to dance to, all are super romantic and any will make the ideal first dance song. You just need to choose your favourite!

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(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons – Sam Cooke

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead

As – George Michael & Mary J. Blige

At Last – Etta James

Baby I Need Your Loving – Four Tops

Be My Baby – The Ronnettes

Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Frank Wilson

Endless Love – Lionel Ritchie & Diana Ross

Everlasting Love – Love Affair

For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder

For The Love Of You Pts. 1 & 2 – The Isley Brothers

Forever – Jason Nelson

Guess I’ll Always Love You – The Isley Brothers

Heatwave – Martha & The Vandellas

Here and Now – Luther Vandross

Higher And Higher – Jackie Wilson

Hold Me – Stevie Wonder

Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me – Mel Carter

How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – Four Tops

I Found A Love – Wilson Pickett

I Get The Sweetest Feeling – Jackie Wilson

I Love Every Little Thing About You – Stevie Wonder

I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder

If I Could Build My Whole World Around You – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

I’ll Always Love You – The Spinners

I’ll Be There – Jackson 5

I’m Gonna Make You My Wife – The Whispers

I’m In Love – Aretha Franklin

I’m In Love – Bobby Womack

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

Just The Two Of Us – Bill Withers

Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder

Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Love, Need and Want You – Patti LaBelle

My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder

My Girl – The Temptations

My Guy – Mary Wells

Needle In A Haystack – The Velvelettes

Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke

Oh! What A Love I Have Found – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Overjoyed – Stevie Wonder

Pledging My Love – Johnny Ace

Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops

Respect – Otis Redding

Ribbon In The Sky – Stevie Wonder

Sea Of Love – Phil Phillips & The Twilights

She Is My Lady – Donny Hathaway

Signed, Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder

So Amazing – Luther Vandross

So In Love – Curtis Mayfield

Stand By Me – Ben E. King

Stuck On You – Lionel Ritchie

That’s How Strong My love Is – Otis Redding

The First Time Every I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack

The Makings of You – Curtis Mayfield

The Point Of It All – Anthony Hamilton

They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstorng

This Old Heart Of Mine – The Isley Brothers

This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole

Three Times A Lady – Commodores

To Be Loved – Jackie Wilson

Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge

When You Tell Me You Love Me – Diana Ross

You And I – Stevie Wonder

You Are (My Destiny) – Lionel Ritchie

You Are Forever – Smokey Robinson

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder

You Really Got A Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

You To Me Are Everything – The Real Thing

You’re All I Need To Get By – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

You’re The First, My Last, My Everything – Barry White

Your Precious Love – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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