The death of a loved one is a difficult time for you and your family and choosing music for the funeral can be stressful. Our 20 top funeral songs will provide you with a list of suitable songs to play at a funeral for a man or woman. We hope that this list will help you choose the perfect songs to play at your loved one’s funeral.
When planning the funeral ceremony you may have the assistance of a funeral director who will help you prepare for the procession and service. But even so, there are some decisions that you have to make on your own. One of these will be regarding the selection of funeral songs. This is a very personal choice. You may want to choose a song that was loved by the deceased person, or a song that will bring hope to those in attendance. Or, the song may have a special personal meaning to you and your family. If you are having trouble selecting the right songs for the funeral, view our 20 top funeral songs and tips on making the selection.
When selecting the songs for the funeral you should being by planning the entire schedule for the funeral procession and funeral service. After you have the draft plan in hand, look at the time slots where you will require music. Based on when and how long the time slots are, you can then begin your selection of songs.
Top Funeral Songs
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1. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
2. Amazing Grace – Various Artists
3. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
4. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
5. My Way – Frank Sinatra
6. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
7. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
8. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
9. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
10. The Rose – Bette Midler
11. Hero – Mariah Carey
12. Always On My Mind – Elvis Presley
13. Candle In The Wind – Elton John
14. Goodbye’s The Saddest Word – Celine Dion
15. Goodbye my Lover – James Blunt
16. Imagine – John Lennon
17. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
18. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
19. Yesterday – The Beatles
20. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland
There are typically three categories of songs for a funeral – Hymns, classical music and popular songs. If you are religious, hymns will be a must. If you are not religious, you may want to include more classical songs. It is important to pick the correct type of song for different times of the funeral. For example, you will need classical music for times of intercession and during moments of silence. People will usually want to pick songs that are soothing and reflective. The list of 20 top funeral songs above includes a mix of classical and popular songs for you to choose from.
You will also want to select popular songs that will commemorate the passing on of your loved one. Choose songs that the deceased loved or songs that best describe him or her. Generally speaking, there is no right or wrong in song selection for funeral purposes. So feel free to choose any of the top funeral songs above, or any other song that truly fits your loved one’s personality.
No matter what type of funeral you have, funeral songs will play an important part. A funeral procession, burial, funeral service, wake or other event is enhanced by music. Choose funeral songs that will evoke feelings and allow guests to pay their last respects. If you feel that our list of 20 top funeral songs is not the right choice for your ceremony, feel free to browse our other articles on choosing music for a funeral. Take your time and listen to your heart to select the best songs for the final farewell of your loved one.
Updated: December 6, 2012