Top 11 Lionel Richie Love Songs For Your Wedding

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Lionel Richie is one of the most beloved and successful songwriters and performers of the modern era. From 1968 when he helped found the Commodores until his debut as a solo artist in 1982 and beyond, Richie has assembled a catalog of love songs that have helped his albums to sell more than 100 million copies worldwide.

A perennial choice for weddings, here are the top Lionel Richie love songs.

Lionel Richie Love Songs

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Best Lionel Richie Love Songs

#1 Hello
Released in 1983 on the album Can’t Slow Down

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I can see it in your eyes, I can see it in your smile
You’re all I’ve ever wanted and my arms are open wide
‘Cause you know just what to say, and you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much, I love you

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1984’s “Hello” makes the top of the list for several reasons. A number-one single on three Billboard charts, “Hello” describes a man that has a crush on someone he sees often but can never manage the courage to speak his feelings too.

Each day he sees his love interest and dreams about what it would be like to say hello and build a relationship. The song has enduring popularity because it resonates with so many emotions that accompany the process of falling in love.

#2 Endless Love
Released in 1981 on the album Endless Love: Soundtrack

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Two hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Our lives have just begun

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Plenty of people will prefer to see “Endless Love” placed at number one on this list of Richie’s top 11 love songs. A duet with Diana Ross, “Endless Love” is everything a love song should be. To this day, thousands of couples use it each year as a wedding song because of its interplay between the perspectives of a man and a woman in love.

Released in 1981, the song because of the last number-one single for Diana Ross and the best-selling single of her entire career, quite a feat when you consider her prior accomplishments. It is ranked 16th on Billboard’s All-Time Greatest Songs chart.

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#3 Truly
Released in 1982 on the album Lionel Richie

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

This love will last forever
Because I’m truly
Truly in love with you, girl

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“Truly” was the first single issued by Lionel Richie as a solo performer. It retained many of the melodic schemes used by Richie during his tenure with the Commodores but also gave a hint that Richie would be spreading his wings artistically.

It hit the Billboard charts in October of 1982 and by November had become Richie’s first solo number-one hit. Richie was also honored with a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The song is a straightforward ballad that seeks to express the depths of feelings that accompany love for another.

#4 Lady
Released in 1998 on the album Time

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Oh, lady, your love’s the only love I need
And beside me is where I want you to be
‘Cause, my love, my love, there’s somethin’ I want you to know
You’re the love of my life, of my life, you’re my lady

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Richie proved with the 1980s “Lady” that he did not need to be behind the microphone to produce a hit record. Originally recorded by Kenny Rogers, “Lady” became the first record during the 1980s to accomplish the remarkable feat of landing on all four Billboard charts.

On three of them, it claimed the number one spot. Richie’s lyrics and Rogers’ trademark scratchy vocals were a perfect combination in this love song that is an ode to female perfection.

#5 My Love
Released in 1983 on the album Lionel Richie

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

My love, just thinking about you, baby
Just blows my mind all the time

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The third single from Richie’s solo debut, “My Love” featured a background vocalist that was one of Richie’s most significant friends in the music industry. Kenny Rogers can be heard lending a hand to this pop tune. It achieved a ranking of No. 5 on the Billboard Pop Chart.

Strangely, the song fell flat in the United Kingdom and could only produce a disappointing 70th on the UK Singles Chart, becoming one of the least popular singles released by Richie overseas. It seems that Americans and those across the pond have very different love song tastes.

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#6 Stuck on You
Released in 1984 on the album Can’t Slow Down

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’ve packed up my troubles and I’ve thrown them all away
‘Cause this time, little darling
I’m coming home to stay

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With a catchy pop-inspired hook and simple lyrics, “Stuck on You” is a sing-a-long, feel-good love song that draws on simple but powerful imagery to convey its message. In it, Richie sings of a man that feels like things are finally beginning to look up for him after a period of struggle, and he expresses his appreciation that his partner stood beside him through it all.

Most notable about this song is that it was Lionel Richie’s country debut. The song rose to No. 24 on the country chart and was rerecorded as a duet with Darius Rucker for Richie’s 2012 album, Tuskegee.

#7 Easy
Released in 1977 on the album Commodores

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I wanna be high, so high
I wanna be free to know
The things I do are right

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1977’s “Easy” is another example of Richie’s amazing ability to examine love from all angles. The song expresses a level of contentment and peace with the decision to end a relationship.

It was a huge hit for the Commodores, spending two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart. “Easy” has remained popular and is a staple of Richie’s live shows. It is a glimpse of the powerful balladeer he would go on to become.

#8 Say You, Say Me
Released in 1986 on the album Dancing on the Ceiling

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Say you, say me it for always
That’s the way it should be
Say you, say me say it together

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Though technically not a love song for couples, “Say You, Say Me” explored the theme of love and compassion for humanity as a whole. It was used in the film White Nights and is a poignant reminder of the hurt one person can do to another.

While the song produced another number-one hit for Richie, his greatest source of pride might be that the song received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1985 for Best Original Song.

#9 Still
Released in 1979 on the album Midnight Magic

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Remembering the pain, if I must say
It’s deep in my mind and locked away
But then most of all, I do love you

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A number-one hit for the Commodores in 1979, “Still” might just be one of Lionel Richie’s most underrated compositions. It was the final No. 1 scored by the group before Richie made his departure to pursue a solo career.

The song touches on the ups and downs of relationships and how partners manage to love one another through it all.

#10 Sail On
Released in 1979 on the album Midnight Magic

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

It was wishful thinkin’
I gave you my heart and I tried to make you happy
And you gave me nothin’ in return

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Not all love songs are happy ones as Richie proves with 1979’s “Sail On” released when Lionel Richie was still a member of the Commodores. It reflects the musings of a man who has just ended his relationship and is wishing his former partner well.

This song would become typical of the melancholy expressed in many of Richie’s classic works. “Sail On” cracked the Top Ten in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

#11 You Are
Released in 1982 on the album Lionel Richie

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You are the sun
You are the rain
That makes my life this foolish game
You need to know
I love you so
And I’d do it all again and again

song on Amazon

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While it will never be regarded as Richie’s best, “You Are” is still a popular love song that draws on the popular theme of what someone special means to their lover. Co-written with his wife at the time, the song appeared on Richie’s self-titled debut solo effort. Although it only reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top 100, some of that may be attributed to the fact that it was the follow-up to “Truly” which appears higher on this list.

It is unlikely that any two fans would be able to reach a complete agreement with the rankings on this list, but that is simply another testimony to how powerful and influential the music of Lionel Richie has been to many generations of lovers.

So, here is a bonus track.

Penny Lover
Released in 1983 on the album Can’t Slow Down

I want you all to say right here for me
Penny lover, my love’s on fire
Penny lover, you’re my one desire

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Here’s a bonus song too!

Do It To Me
Released in 1992 on the album Back to Front

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Girl, of my dreams
When you laugh, when you cry
Girl, that look in your eyes
You’re my everything

Lionel Richie Highest-Ranking Singles

  • #1 Endless Love (with Diana Ross), 1981
  • #1 Truly, 1982
  • #1 All Night Long (All Night), 1983
  • #1 Hello, 1984
  • #1 Say You, Say Me, 1985
  • #2 Dancing on the Ceiling, 1986
  • #3 Stuck on You, 1984
  • #4 You Are, 1983
  • #5 My Love, 1983
  • #7 Running with the Night, 1983
  • #7 Ballerina Girl, 1986
  • #8 Penny Lover, 1984
  • #9 Love Will Conquer All, 1986

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