Funeral Music: 195 The Most Beautiful Songs For Funerals

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The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult times in most people’s lives. Grief overshadows the days and weeks to come.

The final goodbye takes place at the funeral service. During the funeral service, the life and legacy of a deceased loved one are honored. Almost every service also features a song that provides musical accompaniment for the funeral.

Songs can arouse emotions even better than words, comfort, or even provide encouragement. The appropriate song can further express one’s grief and feelings for the deceased. Not infrequently, funeral songs are chosen to help close the emotional wounds and begin healing.

Many people use songs that celebrate life for funerals. Sad and sentimental songs Are chosen less and less for a funeral service. Just the right choice for mourning music can be quite a challenge. For this reason, we have compiled over 200 songs on this page, which we have divided into different categories.

So hopefully the choice of the appropriate song for the funeral is a little easier.

(For each list, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

The most popular songs for the funeral:

1. Enya – Only Time


The song of the Irish singer Enya became in 2001 the mourning song par excellence. The song was broadcast worldwide on television to commemorate the victims of 11. September played.

Since then, the song is one of the most frequently played funeral songs. The song expresses that we are basically helpless and cannot foresee what life will bring. Only time knows what the future holds.

That just includes death, which we have little control over and which sometimes enters our lives unexpectedly.

2. Andrea Bocelli feat. Sarah Brightman – Time to Say Goodbye


With this song, the name is a program. It is probably the ultimate Farewell Song at all.

With the voices of Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, this song has a classical touch and seems very dignified and powerful. The content of the song is Performered very differently. On the one hand, it can be a Love song be understood. When two people say goodbye to their loved ones to go on a journey together.

In the context of a funeral service, on the other hand, it can mean that someone is no longer bound to an earthly shell and can now travel to places they have never known before. This is a nice thought in the context of a funeral.

3. Israel Kamakawiwo – Somewhere over the Rainbow


The original song was sung by Judy Garland in the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz. Since then there have been countless Cover versions. The most beautiful one for a funeral is the one by the Hawaiian Israel Kamakawiwo.

The whole song is carried by his soft voice and a ukulele. Among other things, that’s what makes it so special. But also the feeling that the song conveys is very special. Unlike many other songs of mourning, it is less melancholy and melancholy but conveys a feeling of security and contentment.

When a loved one dies, you wish that they would go to a nicer, better place. That’s what this song conveys: a better place, somewhere over the rainbow.

4. Beatles – Let It Be


The song by the Beatles is very suitable for funeral service because it has something very comforting and peaceful about it. The song is about not losing hope even in hard times because they will pass too.

Paul McCartney wrote the song in memory of his mother, who died of cancer after a long battle when he was 14 years old.

5. Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven


Clapton’s Tears in Heaven is a classic and has been played at several funerals. In the song, Eric Clapton deals with the unfortunate death of his four-year-old son, who died from 53.

The song was played when the first floor of a skyscraper in New York collapsed. In the song, he imagines seeing his son in heaven and wonders if he would recognize him.

6. Elton John – Candle in the Wind


Elton John originally wrote this song in 1979 for Marilyn Monroe, who had died 11 years earlier. After the death of Princess Diana, he recorded a second version of the song, which was given the additional title Goodbye England’s Rose.

Generally, the song is about how a person is taken out of life too early. Therefore, it is especially suitable for the funeral service of relatives who have suddenly lost a loved one.

7. Celtic Woman – Danny Boy


Danny Boy is an old folk song from 1913, which was reperformed by Celtic Woman. The content is about a mother whose son Danny has to go away. She promises to wait for him.

Even though she may be dead by then, she hopes he will return and sit by her grave. This is one of those songs that convey the feeling of grief well and is therefore very suitable for a funeral.

8. Bob Dylan – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door


Dylan’s classic Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door is probably one of the most frequently played songs at a funeral service. The song is about a man who is dying and lays down his arms. He feels himself going up to heaven and knocking on the door.

Although the song contains very few lyrics and consists of only four chords in the original version, it touches its listeners in a very special way.

9. Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flower


Ed Sheeran’s song Supermarket Flower is very emotional and leaves no one cold who hears it. In the song, Sheeran sings about his grandmother, who died in 2017. He wrote it especially for his grandma’s funeral and was never intended by him as a track for his album.

The family was understandably so moved by the song that they encouraged him to include it on his album Divide. Ed Sheeran is a gifted songwriter whose lyrics are often very emotional and profound.

10. Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth – See You Again


The song belongs to the genre of hip-hop and was recorded for the soundtrack of Fast and Furious 7. The song was a tribute to actor Paul Walker, who had starred in all of the parts up to that point. However, he died in an accident in 2013, before the 7. The part was turned off, in an illegal street race.

The song has something melancholy and hopeful at the same time. In the song, the two rappers address a deceased good friend who left too soon and is now sorely missed. In the chorus they sing about the hope that one day they will meet again and then they can tell him everything.

The places 11-78 of the most popular songs for the funeral:

Each song is linked to its music video via its title.

Song: Performer: Listen:
11. Over the Rainbow Eva Cassidy
12. Into the West Annie Lennox
13. Calling All Angels Train
14. Simply the Best Tina Turner
15. Always Look On the Bright Side of Life Eric Idle/Monty Python
16. Angels Robbie Williams
17. Goodbye My Lover James Blunt
18. My Way Frank Sinatra
19. Angels Sarah McLachlan
20. Jealous of the Angels Donna Taggart
21. Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler
22. Highway To Hell AC/DC
23. Pie Jesus Sarah Brightman
24. Every Breath You Take The Police
25. I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston
26. To Where You Are Josh Groban
27. Halleluja Rufus Wainwright
28. Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers
29. Stairway to heaven Led Zeppelin
30. You are so beautiful Joe Cocker
31. You Raise Me Up Westlife
32. Ave Maria Sarah Brightman
33. I cried for you Katie Melua
34. Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
35. Candle In The Wind Elton John
36. My Heart will go on Celine Dion
37. With Or Without You U2
38. Don’t you (forget about me) Simple Minds
39. No Bravery James Blunt
40. Satisfied Mind Jeff Buckley
41. Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve
42. Slipped Away Avril Lavigne
43. Even My Dad Does Sometimes Ed Sheeran
44. May It Be Enya
45. Dreams Fleetwood Mac
46. Wonderwall Oasis
47. Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd
48. Clocks Coldplay
49. Photograph Ed Sheeran
50. Pictures of You The Cure
51. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother Neil Diamond
52. You’re Still The One Shania Twain
53. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) Green Day
54. Heaven Bryan Adams
55. Don’t Speak No Doubt
56. Make Me a Channel of Your Peace Susan Boyle
57. Broken Lifehouse
58. Imagine John Lennon
59. Beautiful Day U2
60. Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
61. Lay Me Down Sam Smith
62. Blowin’ In The Wind Bob Dylan
63. My Immortal Evanescence
64. Against All Odds Phil Collins
65. Out of Reach Gabrielle
66. Memory Barbra Streisand
67. Yellow Coldplay
68. Tears Dry On Their Own Amy Winehouse
69. I’ll Remember Madonna
70. You’ll Be in My Heart Phil Collins
71. The Scientist Coldplay
72. Nothing Compares To You Sinead O’Connor
73. Ring of Fire Johnny Cash
74. Who Knew Pink
75. How To Save A Life The Fray
76. Everybody Hurts R.E.M
77. Someone Like You Adele
78. You’re My Best Friend Queen

Classic funeral songs:

1. Franz Schubert – Ave Maria


There are countless versions of Ave Maria. Schubert’s variation is probably the best known and most frequently played. Many people associate the religious song with a funeral service.

From Andrea Bocelli to Celine Dion and Beyoncé many great voices have sung this song, also in different languages. In the song, a young girl prays to the Virgin Mary and offers protection and security in the dark times. The gentle melody seems melancholic and yet is very solemn and dignified.

No matter which version you ultimately choose, Ave Maria is one of those funeral songs you can’t go wrong with.

2. Edward Elgar – Angel’s Farewell


As is often the case with classical music, Edward Elgar’s Angel’s Farewell is also about a religious message. The piece comes from the oratorio The Dream of Gerontius. It is about the soul of a man who is traveling from purgatory to heaven.

The piece Angel’s Farewell describes the scene in which the soul meets an angel on its journey. The angel tries to calm him down and take away his fear on his way to heaven and how he will be judged there.

3. Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky – Chanson Triste


The name already explains a lot. Chanson Triste means sad song. A good basic premise for funeral songs.

The song sounds very powerful and yet melancholic. The melody is compared to other pieces and still can be carried by a piano alone. For a funeral, the song is a very nice selection.

4. Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings


When you hear Adagio for Strings, you immediately think of a funeral service. This is perhaps because this piece was played at the funeral of many celebrities. These include Albert Einstein or Grace of Monaco.

On the radio, the song was played during the deaths of Princess Diana, John F. Kennedy, and Franklin D. Roosevelt were announced. Even in movies, Adagio for Strings is often played to add music to sad and dramatic moments. Over the years, the song has become one of the greatest songs of mourning. Barber composed the piece for string instruments.

This type of instrument can convey sorrow and grief particularly well, compared to wind instruments for example. Another point in favor of this classical masterpiece.

5. Chopin – Funeral March


The Funeral March by the Polish composer Chopin is also one of those funeral songs that immediately make the listener think of death and burial. Although the Funeral March is actually a musical genre of the classical period and there are many different funeral marches by different composers, the one by Chopin is probably the best known.

Especially the first bars of the piece is probably known by everyone, but in fact, it has much more to offer than this short melody. It is very powerful and at the same time graceful and dignified. Perhaps this is why it was used for the funerals of several heads of state, including John F. Kennedy played.

The Funeral March was also played at the funeral of Chopin.

Places 6-45 of the most popular classical funeral songs:

Each song is linked by its title to the corresponding music video.

Song: Performer: Listen:
6. Adagio In G Minor Albinoni
7. Ave Maria Giuseppe Verdi
8. What I like is only the muntre Jagd Bach
9. Morning Mood from Peer Gynt Suite № 1 Edvard Grieg
10. Laudate Dominum Mozart
11. Funeral March (from Piano Sonata No 2) Chopin
12. Nulla In Mundo Pax Sincera Vivaldi
13. For Elise Beethoven
14. Largo (from Xerxes) Trade
15. Jesus remains my joy BWV 147 J. S. Bach
16. The Four Seasons Vivaldi
17. A song sounds in me Frederic Chopin
18. Piano sonata № 14 Beethoven
19. I pray to the power of love Choral
20. Rejoice In The Lord Always Purcell
21. Befiehl du deine Wege, from the St. Matthew Passion BWV 244 J. S. Bach
22. Canon in D Major Pachelbel
23. Gymnopédies № 3 Erik Satie
24. Cantata, BWV 147 “Heart and mouth and deed and life”: Part II, X. Choral “Jesus Bach
25. String Quintet in C Major Schubert
26. Con te Partiro Andrea Bocelli
27. Nimrod from Enigma Variations Elgar
28. Round dance of blessed spirits Ch. W. Gluck
29. Evening blessing (Hansel and Gretel) Engelbert Humperdinck
30. Greensleeves Many Versions
31. Pathetique Piano Sonata № 8, Opus 13 in c minor Beethoven
32. The lime tree “At the well before the gate Friedrich Silcher
33. Oh stay with your grace Instrumental
34. Symphony No 5, 4th Movement Mahler
35. Clair de Lune Debussy
36. Impromptu № 3 in G flat major Schubert
37. Piano in A Minor Tchaikovsky
38. Praise the heavens Beethoven
39. Pie Jesu Gabriel Faure
40. Liebestraum Franz Liszt
41. Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 555 J. S. Bach
42. Ännchen of Tharau Friedrich Silcher
43. Litany on the feast of All Souls F. Schubert
44. Gymnopedie № 1 Erik Satie
45. Prelude No 6 & 7 Chopin

Funeral songs for parents:

Burying one’s own mother or father is without a doubt one of the most difficult tasks a human being has to face. But when the right song is found, it is a beautiful way to say goodbye. If a song can evoke memories of parents, it should definitely be added to the shortlist.

Funeral Songs for Mom:

Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.

Song: Performer: Listen:
1. You Raise Me Up Josh Groban
2. One Sweet Day Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
3. Like a River Carly Simon
4. Mama Il Divo
5. Goodbye’s the Saddest Word Celine Dion
6. Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler
7. Dear Mama 2Pac
8. Because You Loved Me Celine Dion
9. A Song for Mama Boyz II Men
10. Angel Sarah McLachlan
11. Bright Eyes Art Garfunkel
12. Time to Say Goodbye Andrea Bocelli’s and Sarah Brightman
13. I’ll Always Love My Mama The Intruders
14. Tears in Heaven Eric Clapton
15. Amazing Grace Susan Boyle
16. A Mother’s Love Karen Taylor-Good
17. I Wanna Thank You (Momma) Donnell Dantzler

Funeral songs for dad

Each song is linked to its music video via the title.

Song: Performer: Listen:
1. Grown Men Don’t Cry Tim McGraw
2. My Father’s Eyes Eric Clapton
3. The Greatest Man I Never Knew Reba McEntire
4. I Love You Dad Scott Dawson
5. Dad’s Song Ron Meyers
6. Dance With My Father Luther Vandross
7. You Can’t Lose Me Faith Hill
8. Thank You for Being My Dad Jon Barker
9. He Didn’t Have to Be Brad Paisley
10. I Believe LeAnn Rimes
11. Hero Mariah Carey
12. Temporary Home Carrie Underwood
13. In the Living Years Mike & the Mechanics
14. I’ll Be Missing You Puff Daddy
15. Daddy’s Home Karen Peck And New River
16. Bright Eyes Art Garfunkel
17. Tears in Heaven Eric Clapton
18. Daddy’s Hands Holly Dunn
19. Song For Dad Keith Urban
20. One Sweet Day Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men

Funeral music for friends:

Many friends share the same taste in music. Maybe the deceased friend even has a favorite song. The best songs for a friend are often the ones that take you back to good times and reflect the special bond you share.
Each song is linked to its music video via its title.

Song: Performer: Listen:
1. Roses For The Dead Funeral For A Friend
2. Gone Too Soon Michael Jackson
3. You’ll Never Walk Alone Judy Garland
4. Don’t You Forget About Me Simple Minds
5. Fire And Rain James Taylor
6. Elephant Jason Isbell
7. Stand By Me Ben E King
8. For A Dancer Jackson Browne
9. Afterimage Rush
10. Smile Nat King Cole
11. So Far Away Avenged Sevenfold
12. Perfect Day Lou Reed
13. Who Knew Pink
14. In My Life The Beatles
15. My House Lou Reed

Upbeat, happy, and fun funeral songs:

Funny songs for a funeral are not to everyone’s taste. Often songs like this are a good way to cheer everyone up. Maybe this is exactly the kind of music that fits the deceased.
Each song is linked to the accompanying music video via its title.

Song: Performer: Listen:
1. Over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
2. Only The Good Die Young Billy Joel
3. Blaze of Glory Jon Bon Jovi
4. Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks
5. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Monty Python
6. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life Stevie Wonder
7. Landslide Fleetwood Mac
8. What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
9. You’ll Be In My Heart Phil Collins
10. Another One Bites the Dust Queen
11. I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston
12. The Young Ke$ha
13. Going Underground The Jam
14. Time After Time Cyndi Lauper
15. Angel Sarah McLachlan
16. At Your Funeral Saves The Day
17. Highway to Hell AC/DC
18. Live and Die The Avett Brothers
19. Fly Celine Dion
20. I’m Gonna Live Until I Die Frank Sinatra

Choosing funeral songs for a funeral is a very personal thing. Because every person grieves differently and every funeral service has its own story. The selection presented above covers a variety of tastes and scenarios.

At the same time, there are also many songs that have a very universal message that anyone grieving can relate to. Because ultimately it’s about a loved one who is no longer among the living and is sorely missed.

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