One of the premier R&B artists of the early aughts, R. Kelly has been a staple on wedding playlists for as long as we can remember. Born Robert Sylvester Kelly, this crooner has a wide variety of chart-topping hits, including lively dance tracks, dramatic ballads, and sensual slow jams.
R. Kelly’s extensive catalog includes a song for every occasion, from first dance songs to your grand exit. The singer has so many chart-toppers that choosing which ones are perfect for your special day may seem like an impossible task.
Not to worry though, we’ve compiled the best selection of R. Kelly wedding songs just for you. Take a look and find out which of R. Kelly’s songs will bring your beautiful love story to life.
This upbeat track just might be R. Kelly’s most popular song to date. It has been covered by a wide range of artists, from Young the Giant to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, providing you with plenty of versions to showcase on your special day.
Ignition (Remix) is an undeniable hit that no one can resist dancing and singing along with. Your wedding will be no exception to this rule, as guests get out of their seats and onto the dance floor as soon as they hear that familiar introduction.
This song is a perfect way to liven up your wedding reception or keep the party going for as long as possible. This is also a great option for wedding party members as they enter the reception, adding a tone of humor and light-hearted fun to your romantic event!
I Believe I Can Fly
I Believe I Can Fly is an inspirational hit that has been featured at wedding after a wedding, and for good reason. With its gentle tone, sweeping instrumentals, and heartfelt lyrics, it’s no wonder that this song has been cemented in pop culture since 1996.
This song is a great option for special moments between couples and their parents. Perfect for a Father-daughter dance or Mother-Son dance, I Believe I Can Fly will help you to honor those who make you feel like there’s nothing you can’t do.
Don’t be surprised if a few tears are shed during this one, as it’s sure to bring up plenty of precious memories with your loved ones. Hold them tight for a little while longer as you celebrate all that they’ve done to bring you to this beautiful moment.
I’m a Flirt
Campy, upbeat, and plenty of fun, this song is sure to keep the party going and bring all the hopeless romantics out onto the dancefloor. I’m a Flirt is great for the couple that doesn’t take themselves too seriously and is well-known for their top-notch sense of humor.
While this song can be pulled out at any time during the reception, I’m a Flirt works best during the garter retrieval and subsequent garter toss. Your guests will appreciate the fun-loving nature of this song and are sure to spend some time grooving to the beat as this hit plays.
Do What You Want (w/ Lady Gaga)
This dance track was played on repeat when it was first released and quickly became an earworm that no one could seem to get rid of. We wouldn’t expect anything less from a collaboration with Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga.
Do What You Want feels like it was written to be a club hit, boasting a killer beat, slick lyricism, and two of the most notable vocalists of all time. While Lady Gaga’s music has always been beloved in the club scene, this song brings a whole new layer to R. Kelly’s artistic sound.
Your guests, of course, will be captivated by this infectious single, taking to the dance floor with their partners in tow. So kick off your shoes and join them for an unforgettable opportunity to really let loose.
Bump n’ Grind
Here’s another track that your guests will recognize as soon as R. Kelly belts out those first few lyrics. Bump n’ Grind has a way of bringing all the nostalgia and sensuality needed to get the more mature folks moving and grooving.
This fun single would also be a great option to utilize during the garter retrieval, setting the mood perfectly for this sensual wedding tradition. As your guests “ooh” and “ahh” during the intimate event, you’ll relish the insane chemistry that you get to share with your soulmate for the rest of your days.
Step in the Name of Love
Let’s break out another fun dance track to keep the party’s upbeat rhythm going. Step in the Name of Love is a tune that everyone can jam out to without even breaking a sweat.
R. Kelly’s 2003 hit has stood the test of time, still appearing at a variety of events, including birthday parties, bridal showers, and of course, weddings. This steady track is sure to be a perfect fit for your big day, allowing you to keep the good times coming well into the evening.
Whether you’ve got two left feet or love to show off your fancy footwork, this song will allow everyone to let go and enjoy your celebration. Step in the Name of Love is fairly relaxed overall, providing a great opportunity for guests to mix and mingle as they move back and forth.
When a Woman Loves
When a Woman Loves is a gorgeous R&B tune that can be used at just about any time throughout your wedding day. Whether it’s the processional, bridal entrance, or first dance, this romantic song will highlight the beauty of your already stunning event.
This track’s gentle rhythm and tender lyrics will feel like your own personal serenade, immediately adding to the intimacy of the moment. As you reflect on all the intense emotions that you’ve felt throughout the day, you’ll be thankful for the moment to take a breath and enjoy a simple love song with your soulmate.
The World’s Greatest
The World’s Greatest is another tear-jerker to break out when you want to honor someone near and dear to your heart. While R. Kelly sings this song in the first person, this inspirational hit has often been used to shine a light on the strength and generosity of parents, siblings, and lifelong best friends at wedding receptions.
This is a great song to utilize for Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dances, allowing you to thank your parents for the love and support that they’ve given throughout your life. No matter how old you are, you never outgrow your parents’ arms, so soak up this moment and enjoy their embrace on your special day.
The World’s Greatest can also be used to create a beautiful memory for couples with young children. As you celebrate this new union with your spouse, invite your sweet kiddos to the dancefloor to share their joy and excitement with you; just make sure your videographer captures this special dance because you will want to cherish this moment forever.
Ladies Night (Treat Her Like Heaven)
This one goes out to all the people who go the extra mile to make their partner feel like royalty. Dancing to this song will remind you of all the ways that your love makes you feel as special as you truly are.
With a fairly moderate rhythm, Ladies Night is easy to dance to, but can also act as a bit of background music as you catch up with your guests. As vibrant and diverse as R. Kelly’s song list is, you shouldn’t be afraid to play it safe with a tune that everyone will enjoy.
There’s no better song to use for your send-off than this upbeat track from R. Kelly. As your huge event comes to a close, you’ll end the evening with a tone of joy, excitement, and picture-perfect happiness.
Whether you go with a sparkler send-off, a bubble wall, or a quick getaway, Happy People will give you just the right vibe for your exit. You deserve all the happiness in the world, and so much more as you begin this new season with the love of your life.