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top 30 Motown Wedding Songs To Funk-ify Your Playlist!

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Introduction

You’re officially getting married, so congrats lovebirds! 🦜🦜

Obviously, you want your wedding playlist to be filled with great songs, and there’s no better place to start looking than through Motown’s giant catalog of classic hits, many of which are designed to get you into a verrryyy romantic mood.  

But if you’re worried that you’re going to have to sift through so many songs just to find ones that you like, then fear not! Because we’ve actually gone ahead and listed down 30 of our favorite Motown wedding songs for your big day!

Categorized by romantic, slow, and upbeat/energetic, these classics should move you, either down the aisle or up on the reception dance floor. Let’s get started!

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Romantic Motown Wedding Songs

When it comes to putting you in a romantic and loving mood, look no further than these absolute classics by Motown! Whether you’re looking for something that will excite the crowd while the bride walks down the aisle, or the perfect first dance song, there’s bound to be something in this list that will set the mood right! 

“My Girl” for example is a scene stealer of a song, making it perfect for charming the bride during that first dance. And then there’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” which is one of the most energetic bridal walk songs you can ever pick! Of course, we also have slower jams like “What’s Going On” and “Baby, I need Your Loving,” both of which are perfect for couples that want to slowly turn up the party before the reception even begins! 

  1. “My Girl” by The Temptations (1964)
  2. “Endless Love” by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (1981)
  3. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder (1972)
  4. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967)
  5. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” by Four Tops (1965)
  6. “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” by Four Tops (1966)
  7. “Baby, I Need Your Loving” by Four Tops (1964)
  8. “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye (1971)
  9. “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)” by Gladys Knight & The Pips (1973)
  10. “Three Times a Lady” by Commodores (1978)
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Slow Motown Wedding Songs

Slow, groovy, and moody. Of course, not every wedding is a loud affair from start to finish, which is exactly why we also included this list of slow jams for your big day’s quieter moments!

So whether you need some chill but sweet tunes for the wedding processional, cocktail party, reception dinner, or even just to give your guests a breather before the night goes wild (are those dancing shoes, ready?), these should fit the bill! 

  1. “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye (1973)
  2. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder (1984)
  3. “Ooh Baby Baby” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1965)
  4. “Never Can Say Goodbye” by Jackson 5 (1971)
  5. “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1968)
  6. “I’ll Be There” by Jackson 5 (1970)
  7. “Just to Be Close to You” by Commodores (1976)
  8. “I Second That Emotion” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1967)
  9. “Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1965)
  10. “Being with You” by Smokey Robinson (1981)
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Upbeat/Energetic Motown Wedding Songs

If music be the food of love, play Motown! (Shakespeare said that… we think) So, once everybody have had their fill of dinner and is ready to throw down, then these lovely and upbeat Motown wedding songs should be the perfect dance floor openers! 

From Jackson 5’s charming “ABC” to Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” your wedding DJ should have the perfect mix of songs to keep you going all night long! Fair warning though, you might end up seeing the sun rise before you even stop partying! 

  1. “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas (1964)
  2. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder (1970)
  3. “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” by Stevie Wonder (1965)
  4. “Do You Love Me” by The Contours (1962)
  5. “ABC” by Jackson 5 (1970)
  6. “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5 (1969)
  7. “Heatwave” by Martha and the Vandellas (1963)
  8. “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations (1966)
  9. “Dancing Machine” by Jackson 5 (1973)
  10. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder (1972)
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Motown's Enduring Influence on Weddings and the Music Industry

Motown, short for Motor Town, emerged in the 1960s as a record label that would go on to shape the landscape of popular music. Founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in Detroit, Motown Records quickly became synonymous with a distinctive sound characterized by catchy melodies, tight harmonies, and infectious rhythms. 

Of course, it also helped that their artists, including The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, and The Jackson 5, managed to make a legacy that’s still going strong even today! 

Aside from that, the label also played an important role in breaking down racial barriers in the music industry, showcasing the talents of African American artists to a global audience. 

The label’s penchant for love songs also made them a mainstay in countless wedding playlists, with their universal themes of romance, commitment, and celebration. This continues even today, with their artists gaining millions of streams from platforms like Apple Music and Spotify. 

Of course, it’s also the reason why you’re here, serving as proof that when it comes to timeless wedding music, Motown is still the go-to for many couples! 

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Tips for Picking Motown Wedding Songs

  • Consider Your Theme and Atmosphere – Whether you’re opting for a Motown-themed wedding or not, make sure you pick songs that will complement your overall theme and atmosphere. Of course, you can also just set this advice aside and simply pick songs that you want, the sky’s the limit when it comes to your wedding playlist!

  • Mix Up the Tempo – Even in playlists, balance is key. That’s why we recommend mixing up the tempo, combining slow ballads for intimate moments with upbeat tracks to keep the energy high on the dance floor! You can even add songs from other genres, like electronic music or even country!

  • Consider Your Guests – Keep your guests in mind when selecting songs. Opt for a mix of well-known classics and lesser-known gems to appeal to a diverse audience. Of course, you also have the choice of taking song requests from them!
     
  • Consult with Your Wedding DJ – Of course, your wedding DJ should know a thing or two (actually, more than two, maybe three…) about partying, so make sure you work closely with them when curating your playlist of Motown wedding songs. You might even get some valuable insight!

  • Explore Lesser-Known Gems – Don’t be afraid to explore lesser-known Motown gems. While the classics are timeless, Motown’s extensive catalog offers hidden treasures that could also become personal favorites!

  • Have a Practice Run – Finally, test the songs with your partner and maybe have a practice run or two before the actual big day! Tooootally not a reason we’re making just so you can bond with your partner! 
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Conclusion

And that concludes our list of our favorite 30 Motown wedding songs! With such a vast catalog, there should be something in this list that would suit the mood you’re looking for in your wedding! 

But just in case your playlist is ready but you still don’t have a wedding DJ to start the party, why not work with us at DJing.ca?

As the largest DJ company in Canada, we here at DJing.ca only work with the top 1% of professionals in the industry, so your wedding party is guaranteed to be a banger, with or without Motown songs! We have also worked at more than 1,000+ events already, maintaining our stellar 5-star rating the whole way through!

So, simply contact us or fill up our quote form so we can get to work immediately! We can’t wait to hear from you!

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