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From Marvin Gaye to Stevie Wonder almost every soul and R&B singer has an amazing love ballad under their belt. With poetic lyrics like “I’ll be the moon when the sun goes down Just to let you know that I’m still around” (Otis Redding), it’s easy to see why couples often turn to the genre for first dance song inspiration. There are hundreds of hits to choose from, but we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites to get you started.

Here are my picks for the best soulful first dance songs.

  • I’m In Love - Aretha Franklin
  • You’re All I Need to Get By - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • That’s How Strong My Love Is - Otis Redding
  • Nothing Can Change This Love - Sam Cooke
  • Knocks Me Off My Feet - Stevie Wonder
  • Oh What a Love I Have Found - Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
  • So Amazing - Luther Vandross
  • You Are Forever - Smokey Robinson
  • At Last - Etta James
  • So In Love - Curtis Mayfield
  • I Found A Love - Wilson Pickett
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
  • To Be Loved - Jackie Wilson
  • Love, Need and Want You - Patti Labelle
  • She Is My Lady - Donny Hathaway
  • I’m In Love - Bobby Womack
  • When You Tell Me You Love Me - Diana Ross
  • The Look of Love - Isaac Hayes
  • It’s You I Love - Teddy Pendergrass
  • Living For the Love of You - The Isley Brothers
  • Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace
  • I Truly, Truly Believe - The Temptations
  • I Love Every Little Thing About You - Stevie Wonder
  • I’ll Let Nothing Separate Us - Otis Redding

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