20 John Legend Songs To Play at Your Wedding Reception

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Lauren Dana
Lauren Dana Ellman - The Knot Contributor.
Lauren Dana
The Knot Contributor
  • Lauren is a contributor for The Knot covering topics such as music, cakes, venues and speeches.
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  • Lauren is a proud graduate of Syracuse University's SI Newhouse School of Public Communication.
Updated Aug 12, 2021

John Legend is famous for his swoon-worthy love songs, which naturally lend themselves as perfect wedding music. The award-winning singer has released dozens of tunes over the years. Legend is happily married to model Chrissy Teigen (the duo tied the knot in Italy back in 2013), and some of his best wedding songs are ones he dedicated to his wife—cue the tears, people! (Besides, what better way to say "I love you" to your spouse than to write an original love song about them?) Many of these songs make great additions to your own wedding playlist.

Once you've rounded out your favorite John Legend love songs for your wedding day, all you have to do is pass along your requests to your wedding band or DJ. (Pro tip: Consider compiling them into your own Spotify playlist so you can easily send them over.) And, remember, these vendors are here to help you by incorporating your music requests into their already-solid lineup of wedding songs.

Need some inspiration? We've got it covered: Keep reading for a few of the most popular wedding songs from John Legend.

"One Life," Bigger Love

Lyrics you'll love: "We've got one life/I won't waste it, one life/I'm gon' taste the joy in every minute/Beginnin' 'til the finish/We've got one life"

"One Life" is one of Legend's newest songs. It's from his latest album, Bigger Love, which was released in June 2020. The song was co-written by R&B artist Anderson .Paak. This one is a bit more fast-paced than Legend's traditional ballads, but it's great for getting your wedding guests up and out on the dance floor. Plus, the lyrics are still super sweet and full of optimism: a not-so-subtle reminder to live life to the fullest with the one(s) you love.

"All of Me," Love in the Future

Lyrics you'll love: "Cause all of me/Loves all of you/Love your curves and all your edges/All your perfect imperfections/Give your all to me/I'll give my all to you/You're my end and my beginnin'/Even when I lose, I'm winnin' "

This sweet ballad, which was released back in 2013, makes the perfect first dance song. Legend dedicated it to his wife, Chrissy Teigen, who stars in the accompanying music video. Today, it's one of Legend's most popular hits—and it's easy to see why. Just take one look at the lyrics and you'll melt into a puddle.

"You & I (Nobody in the World)," Love in the Future

Lyrics you'll love: "We will never break/Built on a foundation/Strong enough to stay/We will never break/As the water rises/And the mountains shake/Our love will remain"

Like "All of Me," "You & I (Nobody in the World)" is also dedicated to Chrissy Teigen. In the song, Legend proudly sings of his devotion towards his now-wife. Meanwhile, the music video is just as tear-jerking: It aims to celebrate the beauty of all women and stars Teigen, Laverne Cox and many others.

"A Good Night," A Good Night

Lyrics you'll love: "But everything's gonna be alright/I think I just met my wife (yeah, I said it)/I know it's gonna be a good night"

Enter your wedding reception to the aptly titled "A Good Night." The song truly sets the scene for all the fun that's yet to come on your wedding day. Just be sure to select the clean version if you have little ones in attendance.

"Never Break," Bigger Love

Lyrics you'll love: "All of the stars, you make them shine like they were ours/Ain't nobody in the world but you and I"

"Never Break" is all about resilience. We'd argue that it's one of John Legend's most emotional songs to date. What's more, the song is all about unconditional love, support and strength—despite how dark and difficult life can be at times.

"Made to Love," Love in the Future

Lyrics you'll love: "I was sent here for you/We were made to love/We were made to love/You were sent for me too/We were made to love"

While it may not be the most appropriate wedding dance or entrance song, this sexy number is sure to get your guests grooving out on the dance floor. The lyrics, rhythm and funky beat all flow seamlessly together—forming a steamy and sensual melody.

"Favorite Place," Bigger Love

Lyrics you'll love: "No matter where I go, any time, any space/Your lips are my favorite place/No matter where I go, no, it don't ever change"

"Favorite Place" feels straight out of a rom-com thanks to John Legend's signature soft-spoken vocals, which are paired with a funky, upbeat tempo. However, it's worth noting that the lyrics are a bit raunchy. While the song may not be an ideal choice for your first dance, we recommend playing it after dinner to get everyone up and out of their seats.

"I Love, You Love," Evolver

Lyrics you'll love: "Give me your emotion, your heart's devotion/Give anything you like/And I'll give understanding, life's so demanding/I'm all you need to get by"

This 2008 track is on the slower side and features the sweet sound of a guitar. And, as you would expect, the lyrics are absolutely heartwarming. Consider playing it during your wedding ceremony processional.

"Conversations in the Dark," Conversations in the Dark

Lyrics you'll love: "I'll be there when you get lonely, lonely/Keep the secrets that you told me, told me/And your love is all you owe me"

"Conversations in the Dark" is one of Legend's most underrated wedding songs. In this deeply intimate tune, the singer gets raw and real about pure, unconditional love. The soft, soothing melody—coupled with the swoon-worthy lyrics—may even make you shed a tear or two.

"U Move, I Move," Bigger Love

Lyrics you'll love: "When I'm lost, you give me order//Pull me back and push me forward/Take me in and hold me, hold me closer/I'll follow you up and over"

"U Move, I Move" is one of John Legend's newest songs. It also features beautiful vocals from Jhene Aiko. The duet features a mix of super-slow verses and a rhythmic chorus, making it an ideal choice for your first dance. Plus, Aiko and Legend's harmonizing is truly gorgeous.

"Each Day Gets Better," Once Again

Lyrics you'll love: "Where do we go? Who knows?/But each day gets better/I just can't let her go, oh, no/Each kiss gets sweeter"

Remember the idyllic honeymoon phase of your relationship? You know, when you were head-over-heels in love with your now-spouse? Well, "Each Day Gets Better" will take you back to those times by eliciting fond memories of your journey together—leaving you feeling excited for the future ahead.

"One Woman Man," Fifty Shades Darker [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Lyrics you'll love: "I could see it from the stars/That I might give you my heart
From the moment that I met you/Knew that I would never let you/Slip away, it's okay"

You may not think the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack would have the most appropriate song choices for your wedding playlist, but John Legend's "One Woman Man" is an exception. The jazzy song features piano instrumentals and the crooner's powerful vocals. Trust us: You'll be belting out this catchy tune for days after your big day.

"Bigger Love," Bigger Love

Lyrics you'll love: "Cause we got a bigger love/Won't ever give it up/We got a one-way ticket love/We ain't going no place but up/Nothing can stop this/No one can top us"

John Legend wrote "Bigger Love" to bring joy, light and inspiration to people's lives. According to the singer, "This song is a celebration of love, resilience and hope." He continued, "The message of the song is that love can help carry us through these dark times and music can bring us joy and inspiration."

"So High," Get Lifted

Lyrics you'll love: "Baby, since the day you came into my life/You made me realize that we were born to fly/You showed me every day new possibilities/You proved my fantasies, what love could really be"

"So High" was released over 15 years ago, but the lyrics are incredibly poetic and super sweet—making it the perfect addition to your cocktail hour or wedding playlist. In the song, Legend sings about being on cloud nine alongside his lover. It's chock-full of romantic metaphors, too.

"Stay With You," Get Lifted

Lyrics you'll love: "Oh I will stay with you through the ups and the downs/Oh I will stay with you when no one else is around/And when the dark clouds arrive/I will stay by your side/I know we'll be alright"

Although it was released all the way back in 2004, John Legend's "Stay With You," remains as timeless as ever. It serves as a poignant reminder to continue loving and supporting your partner, even as your relationship evolves as you grow older together. (Plus, it makes the perfect first dance song.)

"Good Morning," Evolver

Lyrics you'll love: "I don't wanna lose a moment/I don't wanna miss a kiss/If I could plan the perfect day, love/Then I would start it just like this"

This seemingly unassuming song, which was released in 2008, has a naughty secret: It's actually inspired by doing the deed in the morning. According to Cosmopolitan, John Legend himself revealed in a Reddit AMA that "morning sex inspired" him to write the catchy tune. It's also the first song he wrote about now-wife (and then-girlfriend) Chrissy Teigen.

"Surefire," Darkness and Light

Lyrics you'll love: "Let me breathe you in 'til gravity bends/And we fall through the hole in the light/Make this our kingdom/Somewhere where good love conquers and not divides/'Cause I may not know a lot of things but/I feel it in my chest/Know I won't let the blue flame die"

The lyrics of "Surefire" tell the tale of everlasting love with its poignant, meaningful lyrics that are sure to inspire and incite emotion. Meanwhile, the music video is even more powerful: It chronicles the love story of an interracial couple who are subjected to hardship and discrimination.

"Wild," Bigger Love

Lyrics you'll love: "I wanna love you/For miles and miles/We can go slow, we don't need to rush/I'll take the wheel, make you feel every touch"

"Wild," which features Gary Clark Jr., is chock-full of romantic metaphors and poetic lyrics, The music video, which John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, is even sexier. Expect tons of steamy smooches and PDA moments.

"Tonight (Best You Ever Had)," Think Like a Man: Music From & Inspired by the Film

Lyrics you'll love: "Baby, tonight's the night I let you know/Baby, tonight's the night we lose control/Baby, tonight you need that, tonight believe that/Tonight I'll be the best you ever had"

Romantic comedy fans may recognize this John Legend song from the 2012 flick, Think Like a Man. In the which also features Ludacris, Legend leaves little to the imagination with its explicit lyrics. However, there are a few curse words, so select the clean version to be safe.

"A Million," About Last Night (Music from the Motion Picture)

Lyrics you'll love: "There's a million reasons/A million ways/A million words/But I've said all I can say/There's only one thing I want out of all I could do/Out of a billion places/I only wanna be with you"

Before you exchange vows and say "I do," walk down the aisle to this dreamy melody. Throughout the track, John Legend sings about being a dedicated and devoted lover. You can find the song on the About Last Night (2014) soundtrack.

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