The music played at a funeral is usually poignant and memorable. However, as traditions change, many people are opting for more modern and even fun or humorous tracks to be played at their funeral depending on their personal choice. The important thing to remember is that the music should reflect the personality of the deceased.
Whilst many people leave instructions and preferences for their funeral arrangements, some loved ones find themselves having to arrange everything without any guidance. We have therefore compiled a list of 15 amazing funeral songs from a variety of genres that might just help you find the perfect track.
As a word of advice, ensure you check with the church or crematorium which format they require the music to be in. Do they have a CD player or would they prefer the track on a digital device? They should be able to help and guide you.
Please also note that many artists may have covered the song suggestions below, so you can choose the most appropriate version of the song.
As well as the tracks we have listed below, there are of course a raft of hymns and classical options you can choose from if you would prefer a more religious or traditional service.
Classic / Traditional Tracks
Time to say goodbye – Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
My way – Frank Sinatra
Wind beneath my wings – Bette Midler
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
You’ll never walk alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
Thinking out loud – Ed Sheran
Wasn’t expecting that – Jamie Lawson
My heart will go on – Celine Dion
Angels – Robbie Williams
Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
Military Wives Choir – Wherever you are
Lighthearted Tracks (for those with a sense of humour)
Another one bites the dust – Queen
Running with the Devil – Van Halen
Highway to Hell – AC/DCGo Back