Funeral Songs | Funeral Song Articles|December 6, 2012 1:44 pm

Best Funeral Songs

Best Funeral SongsChoosing funeral music can be a daunting task, since you will want to honor your loved one in the best possible way. Sometimes the best funeral songs are the ones that convey a message of hope, life after death in Heaven, and inspiration for the loved ones who are mourning. When choosing music you will want to select songs that represent the life and personality of your loved one. You will also want to choose songs that have a special meaning to you and your family. You can also select classical, religious and other music that is appropriate for a funeral setting.

Music is a very important part of the funeral service. Below are some recommendations of the best funeral songs for different types of genres and songs to play at a funeral.

Best Funeral Songs in Classic Rock

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Most people don’t think about classic rock songs when planning for a funeral. However, there are a number of rock songs that are suitable for a funeral. If your deceased loved one enjoyed rock music, here are a few recommendations:

Life is a Highway (Tom Cochrane)
Old Man (Neil Young)
As Long As I Can See the Light (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
Time (Pink Floyd)
Stairway to Heaven (Led Zepplin)
You are So Beautiful (Joe Crocker)
The Show Must Go On (Queen)

Best Funeral Songs in Country Music

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Country music in funerals has seen an uprising in trend in the last decade or so. The following are a few of our favorite country music songs recommended for a funeral:

So Small (Carrie Underwood)
Temporary Home (Carrie Underwood)
Homesick (MercyMe)
Who You’d Be Today (Kenny Chesney)
Live Like You Were Dying (Tim McGraw)
Go Rest High on That Mountain (Vince Gill)
Ships of Heaven (Blackhawk)
I Am Weary (The Cox Family)

 
 
The lists of the best funeral songs provided will give you some ideas of what songs to play at the funeral. However, we recommend choosing whatever songs best pay tribute to, and celebrate the life of, your loved one. To decide what songs to use, you may want to speak to friends and family of the deceased because they may recommend songs you had not considered.

Playing one or two songs at the funeral that your loved one enjoyed listening to is a nice way to honor their life. However, even though you may want to play their favorite song, be sure that the song is appropriate for a funeral.

We also recommend playing songs whose words have special meaning to you and your family. The words may describe your loved one’s personality, or may express the emotion you are feeling. Music is an important part of the funeral and will help to remind you and your family of fond memories with your loved one.

 

Best Funeral Songs for Children

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Perhaps one of the hardest decisions in planning a child’s funeral is deciding what songs to play. It is also not uncommon to play their favorite cartoon theme song at one point during the funeral. Below are a few other suggestions:

You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)
Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)
Angel (Sarah McLachlan)
In My Daughter’s Eyes (Martina McBride)
Baby Mine (Bette Midler)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)
He’s My Son (Mark Schultz)
Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) (Billy Joel)

Best Funeral Songs in Other Genres

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The following songs can be played and the funeral of a man or woman. They are a few of our favorite popular funeral songs:

Hallelujah (k.d. lang)
Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)
Angels (Robbie Williams)
Candle in the Wind (Elton John)
Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkle)
Time to Say Goodbye (Sarah Brightman and Andrelli Bocelli)
Bright Eyes (Art Garfunkle)
In the Blink of an Eye (MercyMe)
Amazing Grace (Elvis)
The Circle of Life (Elton John – The Lion King soundtrack)
Remembering You (Steven Curtis Chapman)
In My Life (Paul McCartney, John Lennon)
A Living Prayer (Alison Krauss)
The Best (Tina Turner)
God Only Cries (Diamond Rio)
Heaven Was Needing a Hero (Joe Dee Messina)
Angels in Waiting (Tammy Cochran)
The Rose (Bette Midler)

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