Posing the question ‘what are the 10 best hip hop songs for a wedding?’ could well be the modern equivalent of ‘how long is a piece of string?’ Since this underground musical style made its way from America’s inner cities to become one of the most popular genres on the planet, countless exponents have made their mark. But if you’ve been through the whole relationship evolution, from meeting on a date site, striking up a rapport and enjoying fun nights out, to the stage where you’re considering stepping down the aisle together, you might want to consider some of the best hip hop love songs ideal for your big day. Here are 10 of the most recommended.
Hey Ya! (Outkast)
If you’re looking for a floor filler which will entice even the most reluctant guest to dance themselves dizzy, look no further than this classic from the early Noughties. An exhilarating slice of catchy hip-hop, it’s relentlessly upbeat and will captivate everyone present.
Ladies First (Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love)
As the title states, one for the ladies. This thrillingly energetic rap will keep the pot boiling on the dancefloor.
The Message (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five)
This old skool gem was one of the first hip hip singles to gain widespread acclaim. It might have overtly political lyrics, but it’s that sense of nostalgia and looking back fondly to past glories that would chime with a wedding celebration.
Hot In Herre (Nelly)
While a lot of hip hop focuses on the dexterity of the vocal delivery, this one is unashamedly about the upbeat rhythm and the sensuality conjured by the words. Again, perfect for tapping into the dancefloor energy.
U Can’t Touch This (MC Hammer)
Even if there are many guests who would rather be listening to Journey or Mariah Carey on these occasions, this is one of the ultimate chat-friendly hip hop/pop crossovers. Who could forget the video where MC Hammer first erupted onto the scene in those outlandishly baggy trousers? The fiendishly catchy hooks in this will ensure all the wedding guests immediately stop whatever they’re doing and gravitate to the dancefloor.
It Takes Two (Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock)
From the instantly recognizable squealed intro to the unfolding street-dance anthem, this track will inspire several of the more partied-up guests to unleash their hidden breakdancing skills. Probably best to allow them plenty room!
Set Adrift on Memory Bliss (PM Dawn)
Perfect for when the DJ downs the tempo towards the end of the night, you can unwind with your partner. Grooving to the sample of Spandau Ballet’s ‘True’ is also so apt for a wedding.
Jump Around (House of Pain)
This 1990s hip hop anthem is instantly recognizable, a call to arms which has enough urgency to whip up any crowd. It may have been released before they were even born, but it’s guaranteed a sizeable chunk of the younger guests will definitely be jumping around!
I’ll Be There For You (Method Man featuring Mary J Blige)
Hip hop is fuelled by samples, and this one, echoing the original by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, will bring a smile to everyone’s faces.
I need love (LL Cool J)
Back in the late 1980s, house music was sweeping everything before it as the dance charts underwent yet another metamorphosis. On the crest of this positive wave, LL Cool J released what was considered to be the first foray of hip hop into ballad territory, the effortless cool of the former blending with the hot temperatures evoked by the latter. A match made in heaven!