Popular funeral songs

Published: 20/10/2021

One of the more important and emotive elements of a funeral are the songs. The right funeral song has the power to express and personalise feelings, tell a story when words don't seem enough, and brings comfort to grieving emotions.

Whether your song is paying tribute to the life of a loved one, or you're planning your own farewell, you want a song that reflects the person who is being remembered.

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With more and more funerals steering away from tradition and celebrations of life funerals becoming more popular, song choices too are changing. Instead of sad, they can be  uplifting and happy - sometimes even down right funny!

To give you and your family some inspiration and help you find that special song to tell your loved ones story, we have compiled a list of traditional, modern, country, upbeat and funny funeral songs to play when you gather together to say your goodbyes.

Traditional Funeral Songs

  • Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
  • I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton
  • Hallelujah - K.D. Lang
  • Memory - Barbra Streisand
  • Fields Of Gold - Eva Cassidy
  • Autumn Leaves - Eva Cassidy
  • My Heart Will Go On - Céline Dion
  • Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole or Eva Cassidy or Sting or Judy Garland
  • Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
  • What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
  • Hymn To Her - Pretenders
  • Only Time - Enya
  • Hero - Mariah Carey
  • The Prayer - Céline Dion, Andrea Bocelli
  • Imagine - John Lennon
  • Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
  • Time To Say Goodbye - Francesco Quarantotto, Sarah Brightman Andrea Bocelli 
  • Fly - Céline Dion
  • Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan
  • One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men
  • Candle In The Wind - Elton John
  • True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
  • Let It Be - The Beatles
  • The Promise - Tracy Chapman
  • Time To Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli

Modern Funeral Songs

  • Supermarket Flowers - Ed Sheeran
  • All I Ask - Adele
  • Halo - Beyonce
  • Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi
  • Lay Me Down - Sam Smith
  • One And Only - Adele
  • Gravity  - Sara Bareilles
  • One More Light Goes Out - Linkin Park
  • Imagine - Jack Johnson
  • Angel - Sarah McLachlan
  • Angel - Jewel
  • I Miss You - Avril Lavigne
  • My Immortal - Evanescence
  • November Rain - Guns N' Roses
  • See You Again - Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth
  • Jealous Of The Angels - Donna Taggart
  • Every Time You Go Away - Lennon Stella, Kevin Garrett
  • To Where You Are - Josh Groban
  • Shadow Of The Day - Linkin Park
  • Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
  • The Blower's Daughter - Damien Rice

Country Funeral Songs

  • Broken Halos - Chris Stapleton
  • There You'll Be - Faith Hill
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
  • You Should Be Here - Cole Swindell
  • Tonight I Want To Cry - Keith Urban
  • Please Remember - LeAnn Rimes
  • Cryin' For Me - Toby Keith
  • When I Get Where I'm Going - Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton
  • Angels Among Us - Alabama
  • Amazing Grace - Josh Turner
  • Sissy's Song - Alan Jackson
  • Stardust - Willie Nelson
  • Leaving On A Jet Plane - John Denver
  • The Dance - Garth Brooks
  • I'm Gonna Miss You - Dolly Parton
  • Drink A Beer - Luke Bryan
  • Leave Him In The Long Yard - Slim Dusty 
  • Looking Forward Looking Back - Slim Dusty 
  • Through The Years - Kenny Rogers
  • Remember When - Alan Jackson
  • Traveller's Prayer - Slim Dusty
  • Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain - Willie Nelson

Upbeat Funeral Songs

  • Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
  • Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
  • All For You - Sister Hazel
  • Follow The Sun - Xavier Rudd
  • Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
  • Free Fallin' - John Mayer
  • The Time Of My Life - Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
  • Drops Of Jupiter - Train
  • Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye) - Gracie Fields
  • Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
  • Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
  • Moondance - Van Morrison
  • I'll Be Missing You - Diddy, 112, Faith Evans
  • Here Without You - 3 Doors Down
  • Three Little Birds (Don't Worry About a Thing) - Bob Marley and the Wailers
  • You're My Best Friend - Queen 

Funny Funeral Songs

  • The Final Countdown - Europe
  • Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
  • Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees
  • Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
  • Highway to Hell - ACDC
  • I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Bon Jovi
  • Going Underground - The Jam
  • Every Breath You Take - The Police
  • Bye Bye Bye - NSYNC
  • I'm Gonna Live Till I Die - Frank Sinatra
  • Best Day Of My Life - American Authors 
  • Alive - Sia
  • Keg on my Coffin - The Push Stars

By Kirsten Jakubenko

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