Popular Funeral Songs

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Popular Funeral SongsWhen planning a funeral, it is important to choose funeral songs that pay tribute to your loved one. Our list of popular funeral songs from a variety of genres will ensure that you have selected the best music to play at your loved one’s funeral.

Before you select the songs for the funeral, you may want to consult with friends and family and ask for their suggestions. Next, choose the popular funeral songs to play at the funeral service, wake or other funeral-related event. After selecting the music, make sure that you listen to all of the songs in their entirety to be sure that they are appropriate. You should also review the selects with the funeral home, or other venue, to make sure that they approve of the music. 

You will want to honor your loved one in the best possible way; however, you should be certain to choose songs that are appropriate for a funeral setting. Sometimes, the best funeral songs are the deceased loved one’s favorite songs or ones that convey a message of hope and inspiration. The recommendations of popular funeral songs below are our favorites, but feel free to choose any song that your loved one enjoyed.

Popular Funeral Songs in North America

  • 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 (The Righteous Brothers)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkle)
  • Time to Say Goodbye (Sarah Brightman and Andrelli Bocelli)

Popular Easy Listening Funeral Songs

  • A Living Prayer (Alison Krauss)
  • Bright Eyes (Art Garfunkle)
  • There Are Places I’ll Remember (The Beatles)
  • Come Some Rainy Day (Wynonna Judd)
  • Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
  • God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You (N’Sync)
  • Like You’ll Never See Me Again (Alicia Keys)
  • In Loving Memory (Alter Bridge)
  • How Can I Help You Say Goodbye (Patty Loveless)
  • Home (Michael Buble)
  • In the Blink of an Eye (MercyMe)
  • Slipped Away (Avril Lavigne)
  • Who Knows Where the Time Goes (Sandy Denny)
  • When the River Meets the Sea (John Denver and the Muppets)
  • Til Kingdom Come (Coldplay)
  • Fire and Rain (James Taylor)

Popular Funeral Songs with Angels and Heaven

  • Dancing in Heaven (Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation)
  • Arms of the Angel (Tullamore Gospel Choir)
  • In the Arms of An Angel (Sarah McClachlan)
  • God’s Will (Martina McBride)
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door (Phoebe One)
  • Angels in Waiting (Tammy Cochrane)
  • Calling All Angels (Train, Lenny Kravitz)
  • Heaven Was Needing an Angel (Jo Dee Messina)
  • If God Will Send His Angels (U2)
  • Heaven (Bryan Adams)

Popular Classical Funeral Songs

  • Chopin Funeral March (Chopin)
  • Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Gluck)
  • Preludes Chopin Op.28 (Chopin)
  • Elegy (Faure)
  • An Ending (Brian Eno)

Popular Jazz and Blues Funeral Songs

  • The Thrill is Gone (B.B. King)
  • Slow Blues (Oscar Peterson and Count Basie)
  • Sweet Home Chicago (Buddy Guy)
  • Sky is Crying (Stevie Ray Vaughn)
  • S’Wonderful (Diana Krall)

Popular Traditional Funeral Songs

  • Abide With Me
  • All things Bright and Beautiful
  • How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
  • Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
  • Nearer My God to Thee
  • Oh Let Me Walk With Thee
  • O Jesus, I Have Promised
  • Old Rugged Cross
  • O Lord My God
  • Praise My Soul
  • The Lord is My Shepherd
  • The Day Thou Gavest
  • Lord of the Dance
  • Alleluya! Sing to Jesus!
  • Be Still My Soul
  • Forever With the Lord
  • How Sweet the Sound of Jesus’ Name
  • My Soul, There is a Country
  • Rock of Ages
  • Just a Closer Walk With Thee


Our collection of popular funeral songs listed above will give you a lot of options to choose from when planning the funeral. We recommend that you choose music that reminds everyone attending the funeral of your loved one. The music can have special significance to your loved one, or the words in the song may have meaning to you. Listed to the music and choose whichever songs remind you the most of your departed friend or family member.


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Jason Ropchan is the Founder and CEO of Your Tribute, an online resource for Funeral and Grief information and products. He has more than 15 years experience in the funeral industry developing and marketing funeral technology. He has worked with thousands of funeral homes worldwide to help them provide online memo...