Songs played at funerals

Posted: 06/11/2017

Songs are a common feature of a funeral. Many people like to choose their favourite song to be played, picked out by the deceased by before death. There are songs that you will more commonly hear than others at a funeral. Some people prefer an uplifting song and others prefer to reflect their sadness via a sad song.

So what are the most popular songs played at funerals from 2016-2017? If you are in need of some inspiration, this guide may provide you with the perfect song for your own funeral or a funeral of a loved one. The great thing is that there are no rules when it comes to songs at a funeral!

Uplifting & Humourous Funeral Songs

It is becoming more common for people to choose a happy and uplifting song for a funeral, rather than a sad song. A happier song is often used to act as an expression of the deceased personality and to celebrate the life of the person, rather than grief. Some like to go further and inject humour into the service through the means of a song, not everyone finds this tasteful however – but it is completely down to your preference. According to the Telegraph, Monty Python is a favourite amongst the British public. Popular songs including:

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of LifeMonty Python’s Life of Brian.
  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  • TributeTenacious D
  • Highway to Hell – ACDC
  • Spirt in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
  • Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

    Sad Funeral Songs

Some people choose to be more traditional with their music choices and opt for a sad or sombre song to reflect the atmosphere. Some very common songs of a sadder nature, appropriate for a funeral include:

  • Over the Rainbow Eva Cassidy
  • Goodbye my LoverJames Blunt
  • Tears in HeavenEric Clapton
  • Bridge over Troubled WaterSimon & Garfunkel
  • YellowColdplay
  • Fix You Coldplay
  • Candle in the WindElton John
  • Let It BeThe Beatles
  • Chasing CarsSnow Patrol
  • Tears Dry on Their OwnAmy Winehouse
  • Swim GoodFrank Ocean
  • My Immortal – Evanescence
  • Jealous – Labrinth
  • See You Again – Wiz Khalifa
  • Lay me Down – Sam Smith

Songs perfect for a mother


  • Angels – Robbie Williams
  • A Mother’s LoveJim Brickman
  • Like a River – Carly Simpson
  • Goodbye is the Hardest Word Celine Dion
  • Mama Liked the Roses – Elvis Presley
  • A Song for Mama – Boyz II Men
  • Turn to You – Justin Bieber

Songs perfect for a Father

  • My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
  • Dance with my Father – Luther Vandross
  • HeroMariah Carey
  • Thank You for Being my Dad Jon Barker
  • JCBNizolpi

Classical Funeral Songs


  • Ava MariaSchubert
  • Amazing GraceVarious Artists
  • Hallelujah Alexandra Burke
  • Pie Jesu Faure

Keep in Mind

It is important to remember and always take into account the person whose funeral it wishes. If they have not picked a song and it is up to you, try and reflect the mood you think they would want – whether that be happy or sad. Also, try and chose songs you know they loved during their lifetime.

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