What Song Will You Select To Play At The Funeral

A service to honour the life and legacy of a loved one that has passed away would be incomplete without funeral songs. Funeral songs are able to express how we feel about our loved one that passed away. They can also express our deepest sorrow and help us to begin healing. Some funeral songs can also help us joyfully celebrate an extraordinary life.

Whether you are planning a funeral, a memorial service, or a celebration of life ceremony, we are confident that you will find meaningful funeral songs in our list of most popular funeral songs to play at the service.

 

How Do You Decide On a Funeral Song?

There are endless options for funeral songs out there so making a decision can seem overwhelming!

To help make your decision easier, we’ve created a helpful infographic to help you narrow down your options and decide which funeral song or funeral songs to choose for your loved one’s service.

 

4 Simple Tips for Choosing The Right Funeral Music

If your loved one’s service is a traditional funeral service, you might want to stick with more traditional song choices (for example, ‘Amazing Grace’ or ‘The Prayer’). If the service is a celebration of life or memorial service, it might be more appropriate to choose music that is more reflective of your loved one (such as your loved one’s favourite song or a song whose lyrics remind you of them or how they lived their life).

 

Consider the Tone of the Service

With the tone of the service in mind, do some research and make a list of potential songs that you like and that you think would be a good fit for your loved one’s service.

Make a List of Songs That You Like

Once you have narrowed down your list of potential songs, play each song for close family members & friends who knew the deceased well. Ask which song they think best honours your loved one. You can also ask if they have any song suggestions you may have missed.

Listen To The Lyrics

The lyrics of a song are just as important as the melody. It’s important to listen carefully to the lyrics of each song & make sure that the lyrics match the message you’re trying to convey about your loved one. It’s helpful to have the lyrics to the songs open while you’re listening. Remove any songs from your list that don’t convey the desired message.

Ask Your Family For Input

Once you have narrowed down your list of potential songs, play each song for close family members & friends who knew the deceased well. Ask which song they think best honours your loved one. You can also ask if they have any song suggestions you may have missed.

 

Most Popular Funeral Songs List

We have collected a list of the most popular funeral songs for you to choose from. We hope you like them.

 

Popular Funeral Songs

Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli Time to Say Goodbye Play Song
Israel Kamakawiwo Somewhere Over the Rainbow Play Song
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth See You Again Play Song
Celtic Woman Danny Boy Play Song
Josh Groban To Where You Are Play Song
Sarah Brightman Ave Maria Play Song
Sarah Mclachlan In the Arms of An Angel Play Song
Angelis Even Though You’re Gone Play Song
Bette Midler Wind Beneath My Wings Play Song
Robbie Williams Angels Play Song
Westlife You Raise Me Up Play Song
Eric Idle/Monty Python Always Look On the Bright Side of Life Play Song
Eric Clapton Tears In Heaven Play Song
Jeff Buckley Satisfied Mind Play Song
Frank Sinatra My Way Play Song
Train Calling All Angels Play Song
Ed Sheeran Supermarket Flowers Play Song
Annie Lennox Into the West Play Song
Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect Soundtrack) You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone (The Cup Song) Play Song
Sarah McLachlan Angels Play Song
Donna Taggart Jealous of the Angels Play Song
Mumford & Sons Awake My Soul Play Song
Bad Girls The Musical Freedom Road Play Song

 

Classic Rock Funeral Songs

Collective Soul Shine Play Song
Bon Jovi Hallelujah Play Song
Alter Bridge In Loving Memory Play Song
Guns N’ Roses Patience Play Song
Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven Play Song
Linkin Park Shadow of the Day Play Song
Black Sabbath Changes Play Song
Lynyd Skynyrd Freebird Play Song
Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child o’ Mine Play Song
Ozzy Osbourne See You on the Other Side Play Song
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Play Song
Nirvana Man Who Sold the World Play Song
Queen You’re my Best Friend Play Song
Guns N’ Roses Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door Play Song
The Byrds Turn Turn Turn Play Song
Jimmy Eat World Hear You Me Play Song
Guns N’ Roses November Rain Play Song

 

Alternative Funeral Songs

Avril Lavigne Slipped Away Play Song
The Cure Pictures of You Play Song
Love and Rockets Haunted, When the Minutes Drag Play Song
U2 Beautiful Day Play Song
Love and Rockets If There’s a Heaven Above Play Song
Enigma Return to Innocence Play Song
Moist Breathe Play Song
Evanescence My Immortal Play Song
Antony and the Johnsons Hope There’s Someone Play Song
Jon Lord Pictured Within Play Song

 

Sentimental Funeral Songs

Leonard Cohen So Long Marianne Play Song
Sarah McLaghlan I Will Remember You Play Song
Enya Only Time Play Song
Mary Fahl Going Home Play Song
Johnny Reid Thank You Play Song
Cindy Lauper Time After Time Play Song
Enya May It Be Play Song
Jo Dee Messina Heaven Was Needing a Hero Play Song
P. Diddy I’ll Be Missing You Play Song
Bette Midler Wind Beneath My Wings Play Song
P!nk Who Knew Play Song
Robbie Williams Angels Play Song
Linda Ronstadt Goodbye My Friend Play Song
Westlife I’ll See You Again Play Song
Sting Fragile Play Song
Eva Cassady Time After Time Play Song
Simple Minds Don’t You Forget About Me Play Song
Meat Loaf Heaven Can Wait Play Song
Leona Lewis Footprints in the Sand Play Song
John Farnham Angels Play Song
Escape Club I’ll Be There Play Song
Monk & Neagle Dancing With the Angels Play Song
Queen Who Wants to Live Forever Play Song
Sophie B. Hawkins As I Lay Me Down Play Song
Melissa Etheridge Talking To My Angel Play Song

 

Love Funeral Songs

Coldplay Yellow Play Song
Crowded House Don’t Dream It’s Over Play Song
Carly Simon Coming Around Again Play Song
Josh Groban You Raise Me Up Play Song
Roxette It Must Have Been Love Play Song
Stevie Nicks I Miss You Play Song
Snow Patrol Chasing Cars Play Song
Madonna I’ll Remember Play Song
Police Every Breath You Take Play Song
Janet Jackson Together Again Play Song
Berlin Take My Breath Away Play Song
Crowded House Better Be Home Soon Play Song
Mr. Mister Broken Wings Play Song
Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie Endless Love Play Song
Lonestar I’m Already There Play Song
Billie Holiday I’ll Be Seeing You Play Song
Passenger Let Her Go Play Song
Belinda Carlisle Love Never Dies Play Song
Tiffany All This Time Play Song
Rihanna As Real As You and Me Play Song
Chantal Kreviazuk Feels Like Home to Me Play Song
Phillip Phillips Gone Gone Gone Play Song

 

Funeral Songs For Young Death

The Band Perry If I Die Young Play Song
Alphaville Forever Young Play Song
Celine Dion Fly Play Song
Elton John Circle of Life Play Song
Billy Joel Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel) Play Song
Phil Collins You’ll Be in My Heart Play Song
John Lennon Beautiful Boy Play Song
Michael Jackson Gone Too Soon Play Song
Carmen Twillie Circle of Life (Lion King) Play Song
The Riley School of Dance Shine Down (A Song for Beth) Play Song
Sherrie Austin Streets of Heaven Play Song
Declan Galbraith Danny Boy Play Song
Art Garfunkel – Watership Down Bright Eyes Play Song
Kenny Chesney Who You’d Be Today Play Song
S Club 7 Reach For the Stars Play Song
Natalie Grant Held Play Song

 

Funeral Songs for the Death of a Parent

Jon Barker Thank You for Being My Dad Play Song
Ill Divo Mama Play Song
Celine Dion Goodbye’s the Saddest Word Play Song
Mike and the Mechanics In the Living Years Play Song
Mercy Me Homesick Play Song
Brad Paisley When I Get to Where I’m Going Play Song
Donna Taggart Jealous of the Angels Play Song
Van Morrison Days Like This Play Song
Luther Vandross Dance With My Father Play Song
Ronan Keating This is Your Song Play Song
Lady Gaga Joanne Play Song
Keith Urban A Song for Dad Play Song
Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World Play Song
Kate Rusby Who Will Sing Me Lullabies? Play Song

 

Religious Funeral Songs

Angelis Morning Has Broken Play Song
Susan Boyle Make Me a Channel of Your Peace Play Song
LeAnn Rimes Amazing Grace Play Song
George Harrison My Sweet Lord Play Song
Andrea Bocelli (feat. Celine Dion) The Prayer Play Song
Birdy Fire and Rain Play Song
Gareth Gates Spirit in the Sky Play Song
Judy Collins & Choir Amazing Grace Play Song
Mormon Tabernacle Choir The Lord is My Shepherd Play Song
Soweto Gospel Choir Amazing Grace Play Song
Angelis Pie Jesu Play Song
Reba Mcentire ft. Kelly Clarkson & Tricia Yearwood Softly And Tenderly Play Song

 

Funeral Songs For The Loss of a Child

Gerrit Hofsink Still Play Song
Live Lightning Crashes Play Song
Watermark Glory Baby Play Song
Ed Sheeran Small Bump Play Song
Beyonce Heaven Play Song
P!nk Beam Me Up Play Song
Selah I Will Carry You Play Song
Carrie Underwood See You Again Play Song
Britt Nicole The Sun is Rising Play Song
Hillary Scott Thy Will Play Song
Daughtry Gone Too Soon Play Song
Lily Allen Something’s Not Right Play Song
Lily Allen Take My Place Play Song
Sunny Sweeney Bottle By My Bed Play Song

 

Funeral Songs for the the Golden Years

The Beatles Yesterday Play Song
The Beatles Let It Be Play Song
Bob Dylan Every Grain of Sand Play Song
Eric Clapton Tears in Heaven Play Song
The Beatles In My Life Play Song
Dennis Wilson Farewell My Friend Play Song
Frank Sinatra My Way Play Song
Engelbert Humperdinck The Last Waltz Play Song
Nat King Cole Unforgettable Play Song
Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World Play Song
John Lennon Stand By Me Play Song
Neil Diamond He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother Play Song
John Denver Country Roads Take Me Home Play Song
Nilsson Without You Play Song
Norman Greenbaum Spirit In The Sky Play Song
Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water Play Song
Rod Stewart I Am Sailing Play Song
Tom Waits Come On Up to the House Play Song
Simon & Garfunkel The Sound of Silence Play Song
Terry Jacks Seasons in the Sun Play Song
UB40 Swing Low Sweet Chariot Play Song
Vince Gill Go Rest on That Mountain Play Song
Vera Lynn We’ll Meet Again Play Song
Jackson Browne For a Dancer Play Song
Hollies The Air That I Breathe Play Song
Frank Sinatra It Was a Very Good Year Play Song
Elvis Presley My Way Play Song
Billy Fury A Thousand Stars Play Song
Barbara Dickson Caravan Song Play Song
Dire Straits Brothers In Arms Play Song

 

Funeral Songs for Death of a Spouse

James Blunt Goodbye My Lover Play Song
Leonard Cohen Hallelujah Play Song
Madonna This Used To Be My Playground Play Song
Willie Nelson She is Gone Play Song
Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You Play Song
Celine Dion My Heart Will Go On Play Song
Barbra Streisand The Way We Were Play Song
Naked Eyes Always Something There to Remind Me Play Song
Celine Dion Because You Loved Me Play Song
Nemo Shaw Stop All the Clocks Play Song
Sinead O’Connor Nothing Compares to You Play Song
Beth Nielsen Chapman Sand and Water Play Song

 

More…. Funeral Songs

Joyce Aldrich By the Grace of God Play Song
Joyce Aldrich God Opens the Door Play Song
Chloe Charles My Child Play Song
Larra Skye Wishing Tree Play Song
Larra Skye Wait Your Whole Life Play Song
Michelle Willis It’ll Rain Today Play Song
Cindy Alexander Heaven’s Wall Play Song
Stephanie Martin Sailing On Play Song
Jack Garratt Weathered Play Song
Melanie Peterson Miss You Already Play Song
Don Campbell Sail The Grateful Way Play Song
Kirty Run River Run Play Song
Rose Cousins This Light Play Song
Paul Alexander Light a Candle Play Song
Paul Alexander Gone Too Soon Play Song
Emma Jo Your Story Isn’t Over Yet Play Song