Top 50 best rock funeral songs

Published: 22/6/2023

During times of grief following the loss of a loved one there are many challenging moments to meander.  Thankfully,  music can help provide solace and support as you navigate through these emotions.

The rock music genre has a powerful collection of songs that not only capture the depth of sorrow but also offer a cathartic outlet for our emotions. There have been countless rock bands who have released songs inspired by grief and loss, allowing us to connect and understand their heartfelt melodies.

If you are looking for the perfect rock song to give your loved one a meaningful farewell, we hope our list of the 50 best rock funeral songs helps support you in your search.

Best rock funeral songs for your loved one

  1. Angie - The Rolling Stones
  2. Behind Blue Eyes - The Who
  3. Black - Pearl Jam
  4. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
  5. Blackstar - David Bowie
  6. Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
  7. Dear God - Avenged Sevenfold
  8. Don't Cry - Guns N' Roses
  9. Don't Speak - No Doubt
  10. Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
  11. Dream On - Aerosmith
  12. Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.
  13. Fade to Black - Metallica
  14. Forever - KISS
  15. Forever Young - Rod Stewart
  16. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  17. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
  18. Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
  19. Heaven - Bryan Adams
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  20. Hurt - Johnny Cash
  21. Hurt - Nine Inch Nails
  22. If I Have to Go - Tom Waits
  23. Imagine - John Lennon
  24. In My Life - The Beatles
  25. In My Time of Dying - Led Zeppelin
  26. Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
  27. Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
  28. It's You I Miss - Fleetwood Mac
  29. Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
  30. Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses
  31. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
  32. My Father's Eyes - Eric Clapton
  33. My Immortal - Evanescence
  34. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinéad O'Connor
  35. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
  36. November Rain - Guns N' Roses
  37. Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  38. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  39. Tears Are Falling - Kiss
  40. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
  41. The Great Gig in the Sky - Pink Floyd
  42. The Last Carnival - Bruce Springsteen
  43. The Show Must Go On - Queen
  44. Thinking About You - Radiohead
  45. Through Her Eyes - Dream Theater
  46. Time - Pink Floyd
  47. Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
  48. Wish You Were Here - Both Pink Floyd and Incubus versions
  49. Yesterday - The Beatles
  50. You're My Best Friend - Queen

Rock music at a funeral?

Incorporating rock music into a funeral, while not perhaps traditional, can add a unique and personal touch, honouring your loved one's spirit in a way that resonates with their rock and roll soul. The top 50 best rock funeral songs listed above provide a diverse range of emotional and powerful tributes, from heartfelt ballads to epic rock anthems, each song capturing the essence of loss, love and remembrance. May your chosen song serve as a lasting tribute for your loved one.

To find support:

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Lifeline Australia provides Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support. Call 13 11 14 or visit for more information.      

GriefLine listens, cares and supports people experiencing loss and grief, at any stage in life. Call 1300 845 6am to midnight AEST, 7 days a week.      

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Kids Helpline is a free 24/7, confidential and private counselling service Australia wide specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years. Call 1800 55 1800.      

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