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The Best Soul And Motown Wedding Songs For Your Big Day!

Last Updated: 7th July 2023

Motown has produced some of the biggest names and most iconic songs of the last 70 years. Here are some reasons why you should definitely include some soul and Motown songs when deciding on the music you’ll play throughout your big day.

  1. Most of them are about love – In fact, almost all of the Motown songs are! You’re spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a first dance, a song to walk down the aisle to or a sweet song to play while you cut the cake.
  2. You can create almost any vibe – If you want slow and romantic, upbeat and fun, or classy and sophisticated, there are plenty of soulful wedding songs to choose from. It’s easy to throw in some slow dances for your guests, or pick up the pace with some upbeat tracks that are perfectly in keeping with the romantic vibe of your day!
  3. Your band or DJ will be able to play them – These songs have stood the test of time, with some of them being just as popular today as they were 70 years ago. The songs are simple and sweet, making them easy for bands to learn and any good DJ will have a whole array of soul and Motown tracks available to play.
  4. They suit everyone – Soul and Motown tracks are well-loved and appreciated by young and old alike. They are are sure-fire way of keeping your dance floor full!

To help you decide which tracks are for you, we’ve compiled a mammoth list of over 300 soul and Motown wedding songs to choose from. It includes tracks from the Motown record label, along with classic soul and even some disco too. There’s songs from the 60s, all the way up to the modern day.

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Gimme Gimme Gimme – Abba

December, 1963 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

(I’m A) Roadrunner – Jr. Walker & The All Stars

(There Is) No Greater Love – Amy Winehouse

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

54-46 Was My Number – Toots and The Maytals

ABC – Jackson 5

Actions Speak Louder Than Words – Mable John

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden and Whitehead

Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations

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

All Night Long – Lionel Ritchie

Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

Are You My Woman (Tell Me So) – The Chi-Lites

Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band

Yes Sir, I Can Boogie – Baccara

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Bad Luck

As – George Michael & Mary J. Blige

Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Baby – Barry White

At Last – Etta James

Baby I Need Your Loving – Four Tops

Tragedy – Bee Gees

Baby Love – The Supremes

Back Stabbers – The O’Jays

Be My Baby – The Ronettes

Just The Two Of Us – Bill Withers

Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy – The Tams

Beggin’ – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Bernadette – Four Tops

The Best Of My Love – The Emotions

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

Piano Man – Billy Joel

Big Girls Don’t Cry – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Blame It On The Boogie – The Jacksons

Boy From New York City – The Manhattan Transfer

Heart Of Glass – Blondie

Brandy – Looking Glass

Breakout – Swing Out Sister

Sunny – Boney M.

Brick House – Commodores

Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

California Soul – Marlena Shaw

Can I Get A Witness – Marvin Gaye

Can You Feel It – The Jacksons

Caribbean Queen – Billy Ocean

Celebration – Kool & The Gang

Chain Gang – Sam Cooke

Good Times – Chic

I Want Your Love – Chic

Chain Reaction – Diana Ross

Chains of Fool – Aretha Franklin

Lady (You Bring Me Up) – Commodores

Chapel Of Love – The Dixie Cups

Three Times A Lady – Commodores

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Middle Of The Road

Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield

Cissy Strut – The Meters

Clean Up Woman – Betty Wright

Relight My Fire – Dan Hartman

Cloud Nine – The Temptations

Come On Over To My Place – The Drifters

Comin’ Home Baby – Mel Tormé

Cool Jerk – The Capitols

Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Deneice Williams

Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – The Spinners

Cross The Track (We Better Go Back) – Maceo and The Macks

I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson

Cuddly Toy – Roachford

Dancing In The Street – David Bowie, Mick Jagger

Dancing On the Ceiling – Lionel Ritchie

Do I Do – Stevie Wonder

Hot Stuff – Donna Summer

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

Do You Believe In Magic? – The Lovin’ Spoonful

Do You Love Me – The Contours

Don’t You Just Know It? – Huey “Piano” Smith

Getaway – Earth, Wind & Fire

Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire

Don’t Leave Me This Way – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Easy – The Commodores

Endless Love – Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross

War – Edwin Starr

Everlasting Love – Love Affair

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – Wilson Pickett

Everyday People – Sly and The Family Stone

Express Yourself – Charles Wright

Fame – Irene Cara

Feel The Need In Me – The Detroit Emeralds

Feeling Good – Nina Simone

Fingertips – Little Stevie Wonder

Flashdance (What A Feeling) – Irene Cara

Footsteps in the Dark – The Isley Brothers

For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder

Loco In Acapulco – Four Tops

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

Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops

For What It’s Worth – The Staple Singers

Forget You – Cee Lo Green

Friendship Train – Gladys Knight and The Pips

Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean

Get Ready – The Temptations

Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown

Gimme Shelter – Merry Clayton

Give It Up – KC & The Sunshine Band

Give Me Just A Little More Time – Chairmen Of The Board

Giving Myself – Jennifer Hudson

Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Gonna Giver Her All The Love I’ve Got – Marvin Gaye

Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye

Green Onions – Booker T. & The M.G.’s

Dr. Beat – Gloria Estefan

Guess I’ll Always Love You – The Isley Brothers

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

Hallelujah, I Love Her So – Ray Charles

Happy Birthday – Stevie Wonder

Hard To Handle – Otis Redding

Harlem Shuffle – Bob and Earl

Have You Seen Her – The Chi-Lites

He Was Really Sayin’ Something – The Velvelettes

Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation

Heatwave – Martha & The Vandellas

Heaven Must Have Sent You – The Elgins

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life – Indeep

Here and Now – Luther Vandross

Hitch Hike – Marvin Gaye

Hold Me – Stevie Wonder

Hold On, I’m Comin – Sam & Dave

I Get The Sweetest Feeling – Jackie Wilson

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

How Will I Know – Whitey Houston

I’ll Be There – Jackson 5

I Can’t Get Next To You – The Temptations

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

I Feel For You – Chaka Khan

I Found A Love – Wilson Pickett

I Found You – Alabama Shakes

I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown

I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston

Mr Big Stuff – Jean Knight

I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder

I Love Every Little Thing About You – Stevie Wonder

I Say a Little Prayer For You – Aretha Franklin

I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

I Want My Crown – Eric Gales feat. Joe Bonmassa

I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder

Get Down Tonight – KC & The Sunshine Band

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

That’s The Way I Like It – KC & The Sunshine Band

Ladies Night – Kool & The Gang

Lean On Me – Bill Withers

I Wish – Stevie Wonder

I’ll Always Love You – The Spinners

I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers

Stuck On You – Lionel Ritchie

Funky Town – Lipps Inc.

I’m In Love – Aretha Franklin

I’m In The Mood For Dancing – The Nolans

I’m Kissing You – Des’ree

I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters

I’ll Be There – Jackson 5

If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys

In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

It’s A Shame – The Spinners

It’s The Same Old Song – Four Tops

It’s Your Thing – The Isley Brothers

Jezahel – Shirley Bassey

Jimmy Mack – Martha Reeves And The Vandellas

Jump (For My Love) – The Pointer Sisters

Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Thelma Houston

Just My Imagination – The Temptations

Keep On Truckin’ – Eddie Hendricks

Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder

Land Of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett

Leave The Door Open – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic

Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye

Let’s Go Round Again – Average White Band

Liar Liar – The Castaways


Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson

Living For The City – Stevie Wonder

Living In America – James Brown

Long Train Running – The Doobie Brothers

Love Child – Diana Ross & The Supremes

Love Come Down – Evelyn “Champagne” King

Love The One You’re With – The Isley Brothers

Love, Need and Want You – Patti LaBelle

Lovely Day – Bill Withers

Mashed Potato Time – Dee Dee Sharp

Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder

Me & Mrs Jones – Billy Paul

Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong

Mustang Sally – The Commitments

My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder

My Destiny – Lionel Ritchie

My Girl – The Temptations

My Guy – Mary Wells

Take Your Time (Do It Right) – S.O.S. Band

Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin

Needle In A Haystack – The Velvelettes

Never Can Say Goodbye – Gloria Gaynor

Never Too Much – Luther Vandross

Fly, Robin, Fly – Silver Convention

Get Up and Boogie That’s Right – Silver Convention

Lost In Music – Sister Sledge

Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke

Nowhere To Run – Martha & The Vandellas

Number One In Your Heart – The Monitors

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

One Fine Day – The Chiffons

Ooh Baby Baby – The Miracles

Overjoyed – Stevie Wonder

Papa Was A Rolling Stone – The Temptations

Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown

Perfect Day – Lou Reed

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

Please Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes

Put A Little Love In Your Heart – Al Green

Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops

Rescue Me – Fontella Bass

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Ribbon In The Sky – Stevie Wonder

River Deep – Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner

Saturday Night At The Movies – The Drifters

Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters

Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye

Shake And Fingerpop – Jr. Walker & The All Stars

Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) – The Jacksons

She Is My Lady – Donny Hathaway

She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer

She’s Got a Way – Billy Joel

Sherry – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Shop Around – The Miracles

Shout – The Isley Brothers

Signed, Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder

You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) – Sylvester

Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

Skate – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic

So Amazing – Luther Vandross

So High – John Legend

Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown

Something’s Got A Hold On Me – Etta James

Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield

Soul Girl – Jeanne and The Darlings

Soul Man – Sam & Dave

Standing In the Shadows Of Love – Four Tops

Stoned Love – The Supremes

Stop! In The Name Of Love – Diana Ross & The Supremes

Street Life – Randy Crawford

Summer Breeze – The Isley Brothers

Super Freak – Rick James

Superstition – Stevie Wonder

Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley

Teardrops – Womack & Womack

Tell Her About It – Billy Joel

That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding

That’s Life – James Brown

The Best – Tina Turner

The Boss – James Brown

The First Time Every I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack

The Love You Save – Jackson 5

The Makings of You – Curtis Mayfield

The Night – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

The Rubberband Man – The Spinners

The Snake – Al Wilson

The Tears Of A Clown – The Miracles

The Tracks Of My Tears – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

The Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations

Theme From Shaft – Isaac Hayes

Think – Aretha Franklin

This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) – The Isley Brothers

This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole

Tired Of Being Alone – Al Green

To Be Loved – Jackie Wilson

Too Busy Thinking About My Baby – Marvin Gaye

Too Many Fish In The Sea – The Marvelettes

Twenty Five Miles – Edwin Starr

Twistin’ The Night Away – Sam Cooke

Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters

Uptight – Stevie Wonder

Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

Use Me – Bill Withers

Walk Like A Man – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Wanna Be Startin’ Something – Michael Jackson

We Can Work It Out – Stevie Wonder

What A Man – Salt-N-Pepa feat. En Vogue

What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted – Jimmy Ruffin

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

When The Going Gets Tough – Billy Ocean

When You Tell Me You Love Me – Diana Ross

Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes

Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thema Houston

Xanadu – Olivia Newton John

You And I – Stevie Wonder

You Are (My Destiny) – Lionel Ritchie

In The Navy – Village People

YMCA – Village People

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder

You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes

You To Me Are Everything – The Real Thing

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

You’re All I Need to Get By – Aretha Franklin

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

You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me – The Miracles

Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton

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