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20 Songs That Should Definitely Be on Your Wedding Playlist

As summer quickly approaches, so too does the season of weddings. The weather gets warmer, the church bells get louder and the vows get sweeter. Everyone from Brad and Angelina to Wiz and Amber are said to be getting married in the near future, but no wedding is complete without the perfect playlist.

One thing folks quickly learn when planning a wedding is that details matter, song selections included--from what will be played for father-daughter dance to the tune that will likely have you in tears as you walk down the aisle. You've gotta get it right and we're here to help.

Flip through for a list of 20 sentimental tracks sure to make your day to remember even more memorable. - Shannon Powell

"Spend My Life With You" x Eric Benet ft. Tamia

The 1999 single has wedding soundtrack written all over it. Eric and Tamia's airy voices complement each other so well that you could call the duet a beautiful matrimony made in songbird heaven. The lyrics tell of a one-of-a-kind love so real that you don't want to let go. It's perfect for the walk down the aisle or your first dance with that one person you want to spend your life with.

"Whenever, Wherever, Whatever" x Maxwell

What is love? It's a concept many can't seem to wrap their heads around, something you have to feel for yourself to understand. This one song encapsulates it all so purely and precise within five minutes. A love this strong is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing, making the song a perfect wedding day track.

"Nothing Even Matters" x Lauryn Hill ft. D'Angelo

You know the love is real when nothing could get in the way of that bond you share. Lauryn belts that the skies could fall and it wouldn't even matter so long as she has the man of her dreams by her side. The soulful crooners complement each other and make magic, creating a harmony so perfect for your big day.

"If This World Were Mine" x Luther Vandross ft. Cheryl Lynn

This classic R&B track--a remake of a Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duet--speaks volumes about true love. It proves that the material things mean nothing without a love to call your own. The late Luther Vandross boasts that even if he had this entire world, he would give it all up for the love of his woman. If that's not a real love, what is?

"Share My Life" x Kem

Kem makes the type of music that's played at every black function and a wedding is surely an occasion to be added to that list. On this gem, the Detroit native expresses his undying love for the lady he wants to share his life with. It's like wedding vows to a tune.

"So in Love" x Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton

It's upbeat. It's fun. Jill and Anthony's chemistry is impeccable. The duo sings of hard weeks at work and the stresses of the world, assuring that at the end of the day it's all good because they have each other. That's what marriage is. It's being there for your partner through it all, and it's why this song is perfect for your wedding day.

"Always and Forever" x Heatwave

The classic Heatwave track was probably played at your first school dance and acted as the backdrop to prom kisses with your high school sweetheart. Several dances and dance partners later, you should keep the tradition going. Play it at one of the most important occasions of your life. This time, cutting loose with the one person you want to be with always and forever.

"Endless Love" x Mariah Carey ft. Luther Vandross

Two legendary vocalists on one legendary track, what is there not to love? Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross bring something so beautiful and sweet to your ears that you can't help but compare it to true love. Play it down the aisle or on the dance floor at your reception. Let your wedding party know that you'll never let go of your endless love.

"Let Me Know (At Your Best)" x Aaliyah

This Isley Brothers' remake is a yet another classic. The angel Aaliyah lays her smooth vocals on the track to create something timeless and unforgettable. It's the perfect tune to play on your big day with the love of your life.

"Forever" x R. Kelly

In one of the most memorable songs from his Chocolate Factory album, the king of R&B belts about his one true love, asking her to marry him. And who doesn't want "about 12 kids" as "you're cooking him breakfast and he's taking the garbage out?" Not appealing to you? Well, his smooth and melodic voice on the track surely is. It's love at its finest.

"For You" x Kenny Lattimore

In the hit 90s track, the sensual crooner boasts that he would do anything for his woman. When the love is real, you feel the same way. The track will act as a perfect backdrop on your big day.

"Stars" x Kindred the Family Soul

"The stars look up at you baby." If that's not about the sweetest compliment anyone could give you, then we don't know what is. Even more sweet is that the duo on the track is actually a married couple. Who better to sing about real love then a duo already living in holy matrimony?

"Angel of Mine" x Monica

Monica sings of love at first sight, affirming that the best things in life are free. One of the main causes of relationship problems is financial struggle, but as Monica so beautifully describes, that shouldn't matter. When you walk down the aisle, remember that as you become one with the angel of yours.

"Halo" x Beyoncé

When your love is so sweet and pure, sometimes you'll see your partner as perfect. Talk about a wedding song!

"Adorn" x Miguel

The modern-day classic from Miguel is a perfect song for your wedding reception, more specifically for your first dance. Not only is it a perfect track for cutting a rug, but it's a perfect indicator of what true love really is.

"Until The End Of Time" x Justin Timberlake ft. Beyoncé

In a power performance, the two living legends come together in beautiful harmony to create something magical. Sounds a lot like love, huh?

"White Dress" x Kanye West

As Kanye literally talks about the woman he wants to see in a white dress coming down the aisle, it becomes evident that this is an ideal song for your big day. Though rap music isn't always associated with the smooth sounds that act as wedding soundtracks, this one in particular gives a different vibe.

"All this Love" x Debarge

The Debarge siblings come together to sing about real love in this classic R&B song. It's a wonderful track to be played on your day as you enter into a new life with that one person your love has been waiting for.

"I’ll Go" x Donell Jones

In this 2000 track, Donell Jones sings of what true support is. When the love is really real, you probably feel the same sentiments, making this a perfect tune for your wedding day.

"Make It Last Forever" x Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat is notorious for making that good baby-making music. On this track, the sexy crooner provides a prequel to children with a track about a forever love. First comes love then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage.

"You" x Jesse Powell

If this isn't the perfect wedding day anthem...

"Marry You" x Bruno Mars

The name is self-explanatory. What better way to express your love for your woman on your wedding day then to remind her of why you want to marry her? "I'll go get a ring, let the choir bells sing," Bruno says. It offers up the perfect backdrop to your day.

"Love On Top" x Beyoncé

It's happy, light-hearted and fun and it's expressive of true love. "You're the one I love, you're the one I need, you're the only one I see," B belts. You'll likely be singing the same tune as you walk down the aisle toward your prince charming.

"At Last" x Etta James

Few songs make you feel love the way this one does, from Etta's impassioned voice to the lyrics that tell of a love like no other. The tune is so fitting for a wedding when the happy couple is each others' at last.

"Let’s Get Married" x Jagged Edge

Jagged Edge comes together to produce a song filled with love and happiness as they tell their women to meet them at the alter in their white dresses. It's an ideal tune to be played at a reception and encapsulates what this big day is truly about.

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