Funeral Songs and music

This page is a list of possible funeral songs. Are you looking for a beautiful piece of music...just the perfect song to remember someone you love? A fitting tune to say goodbye? You have come to the right place!

To me, music is one of the most important aspects of a funeral service. In my business (releasing white doves) I have been to plenty of funerals and I am always interested in what music gets played at each funeral service. Even if I have never met the person that is being remembered, I can learn a lot about them by the music that is played at their funeral. It is part of the emotional reflection of a person's life.

This song list is quite long, but by no means complete. If you know of other suitable funeral songs, you are welcome to Send in Your Song Recommendations Here

Except for the dove release songs, and Lily's song list at the end, all the other songs are listed in alphabetical order by artist name eg. Michael Jackson is under M etc

Are you trying to help a friend or relative cope with grief, but don't know what to do? Click here for some practical advice.

Songs that can be played while white doves are being released

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Popular Songs that can be played anytime during a funeral or memorial

Thanks to the extremely talented Sheree Brittain and her extensive CD collection for providing some of the song list.
Special thanks also to the many people who have sent in suggestions in the comments form below, and people who make suggestions on various forums around the internet.

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Country Music Funeral Songs

  • Amazing Grace - an original Country/Celtic version by Lynne Thomas is bringing sheet music to the iPad! Check it out today!

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    Special Songs for the loss of a baby or child

    Thanks to Jessica and Jim Rose, Founders of The Three Little Angels Foundation for these song suggestions. The Three Little Angels Foundation offers unique tools to help parents suffering the heartbreak of infant death.

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    Beautiful Classical Music, Instrumental Music and Hymns

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    Unusual and unconventional funeral songs

    Here are some "different" choices for songs to play at a funeral.
    I've only ever heard a few of them actually being played at a funeral (and when I did I had to stop myself from giggling!)...but this list was devised after I heard a radio program where people were asked to phone in and name unusual songs that were played at funerals they have attended.
    I would only ever choose to play any of these songs at a funeral if they were either the absolute most favorite song of the deceased person, or if that person had a wicked sense of humor ;)

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    Lily's List - Songs that were played at Lily's funeral

    This song list is dedicated to the memory of Lily Bennett who passed away 17th June, 2007 aged 3. 100s of people attended her funeral on a cold but sunny Saturday, 23rd June 2007.
    Lily loved life and loved music - so music played a large part of her funeral service. Here are some of her favorite songs that were  played in her memory.

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    In my Life - Beatles 
    This song was written for me - must have been, it's me to a T

    Angel by Sarah McLachlan 
    This song wasn't played at a funeral, but I heard it on the radio the day my grandmother died. It is not overly common to hear this song on the radio. …

    I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me 
    My brother was 41 years old and died of Lou Gerhig's disease (ALS). It nearly broke my heart in pieces! The people at the funeral services picked this …

    One More Day by Diamond Rio 
    I'm about to lose my dad and this is what I plan to play at his funeral. Lyrics Last night I had a crazy dream A wish was granted just for …

    No-one but you by Queen 
    This is a lovely song, sadly also perfect for a funeral. The wording is relevant for someone who was taken before their time as the words are "Only the …

    Angels Among Us by Alabama. Sung by Randy Owen 
    I was in a car accident 6 years ago (my aunt was my life and she had passed not too long before.) We were driving a 89 Chevy Blazer and hauling a tractor …

    Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton 
    My son just passed away Friday, April 10th 2009. He had just turned a year old on January 28th 2009. I know that Eric Clapton wrote this song about the …

    Sissy's Song by Alan Jackson 
    My best friend took her own life at the age of 16. We played "Who am I to Say" by Hope and "Speeding cars" - Imogen Heep. They were songs I knew her …

    To Where You Are by Josh Groban 
    I sang this at my grandmothers funeral. It is a beautiful song that tells that someone you love is never lost, but always with you. Lyrics: Who can …

    I miss you by Miley Cyrus 
    My best friend has just killed himself. :( and I miss him more than I've ever missed anyone before. :( Lyrics for "I miss You" - Miley Cyrus

    Heaven Was Needing A Hero by Jo Dee Messina 
    My grandpa died a few years back. This song wasn't played at his funeral, but shortly after the service, my family and I had this song on in the car. …

    I hope you dance by Lee Ann Womack  
    My best friend lost her mother about five months ago. I was with her the whole entire time and during the three days I didn't leave her side, she kept …

    My Happiness, Claire de Lune, Lord's Prayer Not rated yet
    My mother-in-law gives fun parties(really, you would love to be there), and her parent's song was "My Happiness". She had me sing it for her dad's 90th …

    Heaven can wait  Not rated yet
    This was played at my sons funeral in the early nineties I believe it was a first unless anyone knows differently.

    Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen Not rated yet
    My sister in law died very young of cancer and left two you children. This was played as they closed the curtains. The bravest young lady I have ever …

    Calling All Angels by Jane Siberry Not rated yet
    It just has been the first song to come to mind for a funeral since I had first heard it some years ago. It grasps the helpnessness and strength emotions …

    The End by The Doors Not rated yet
    or light my Fire - this is my husbands choice !

    Leave Out All The Rest by Linkin Park Not rated yet
    I want this one played at my funeral, have made many mistakes and many enemies in my life. Don't talk to half my family... I just find this song so fitting …

    On Eagles Wings/Psalm 91 Not rated yet
    I am a pianist and vocalist and my niche is funerals. I like to play meditative and peaceful songs. I improvise so I like to just be free and create …

    If I Die Young - The Band Perry Not rated yet
    One of my close friends died this past year at the young age of 19. She had a heart condition and never knew it. Since the moment I first heard this song …

    Run by Snow Patrol Not rated yet
    Showing your love to someone you care about. I love you and I care about you. You will be in our hearts, I will be right beside you... light up, light …

    I miss you Not rated yet
    Kaylynn was my best friend, she was loyal and caring, and she did more for other people then she did for herself. She died of a heart tumor in the 4th …

    I'll Be There - Escape Club Not rated yet
    I played this at my father's funeral. Beautiful lyrics. ------------------------------------------ Over Mountains Over Trees Over Oceans Over Seas …

    I don't Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith Not rated yet
    I heard it at my neighbors funeral and it sounded so meaningful and beautiful. I could stay awake just to hear you breathing Watch you smile while …

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    Why by rascall flats Not rated yet
    A 15 year old girl, loved by everyone took her life with a train on Valentines day morning. This was sung at her funeral and decries the feelings of everyone …

    My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion Not rated yet
    This Song is For Corey Haim. We Share Our Dreams. Love Is Pure To Our Memories - Keeping Your Dreams Free. We Love Corey In Our Hearts For The Love …

    Go Rest High On That Mountain - Vince Gill Not rated yet
    At age 53 my brother passed away leaving 2 boys that he had done so much for. He always helped any of us when we asked and never had a bad word about …

    I'll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Not rated yet
    My boyfriend died in a car crash, and this described everything i was feeling. He was only 22 and the song described everything that happened that night, …

    Never Alone by Jim Brickman Not rated yet
    I sang this song for my grandmother's funeral... it is very appropriate :)

    If I Had Only Known by Reba McEntire" Not rated yet
    A friend of my parents passed away Feb. 3 2010 at the age of 36. She was a wife and mother of two - one son 6 and a daughter 3. I have known her since …

    You'll Never Walk Alone Not rated yet
    :( I lost my uncle who I was extremely distant from in the summer & words cannot describe the loss I feel. I don't feel I can tell anybody because I feel …

    The Line Between the Two by Mark Harris Not rated yet
    It's a beautiful song that reminds us that the important thing is not your birthday or date of death, it's the line between the dates. Did someone have …

    My Immortal Evanescence Not rated yet
    I LIKE IT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH. Lyrics I'm so tired of being here, suppressed by all my childish fears And if you have …

    In Loving Memory by Alter Bridge Not rated yet
    It's just that good.

    Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw Not rated yet
    A very close family member found out he was dying of cancer and there was no hope in sight. His family made it a quest to fulfill all of the dreams he …

    When I Get Where I'm Going by Brad Paisley  Not rated yet
    My grandfather is about to pass away and I am going to try to sing this at his funeral.

    Goodbye - Lionel Richie Not rated yet
    I want this played at my funeral.... beautiful words

    Dancing with the Angels- Monk&Neagle Not rated yet
    I went to a concert for Monk and Neagle. They sang many songs. After the concert, we ate supper with them and they gave us their CD. Later on that year, …

    Memories by Within Temptation Not rated yet
    This song is very suitable for a funeral. Lyrics In this world you tried Not leaving me alone behind. There's no other way. I prayed to the …

    Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler Not rated yet
    My best friend and her daughter were killed in an accident where a tree branch fell on them. The mother, Kelly, was 40. The daughter, Sloane, was 7. …

    Remember When by Alan Jackson Not rated yet
    They just played this at my grandfathers funeral.

    Free Bird and Tuesdays Gone by Lynyrd Skynyrd Not rated yet
    I was 18 years old when my father was killed in a car accident in rural Southern Missouri in 2004. He was always a fan of Skynyrd and many other artists. …

    You'll be in my heart - Phil Collins Not rated yet
    A friend of mine passed away from a battle with cancer. She was only 17, but she had a smile that was contagious. Rachel sang in many groups at school …

    You Raise Me Up Not rated yet
    It was played at my best friends funeral a few years ago.. after her funeral the song hit number one for weeks but i couldnt bare to listen to it. :( …

    What Hurts the Most by Rascall Flatts Not rated yet
    I Lost A Friend Last November. She Loved Rascal Flatts, It Was Her Favorite. She Died Of E Coli November 2,2007. We All Miss Her Dearly. And It Hurt …

    The Dance by Garth Brooks Not rated yet
    I played this song at funerals for my son Noa Andrew, b. 8/20/96 d 10/21/96, and my daughter Claire Nichole b. 2/11/03 d. 2/15/03. It is a very strong …

    Goodbye My Friend - Linda Ronstadt Not rated yet
    This is my favorite funeral song. Lyrics: Oh we never know where life will take us I know it's just a ride on the wheel And we never know when death …

    Godspeed, Sweet Dreams by Dixie Chicks Not rated yet
    My son Carson passed away in February. He was 4 months and 2 days old. This song was perfect for us....I still enjoy listening to it. Lyrics: …

    My Way by Frank Sinatra Not rated yet
    While my dad was still alive, I had heard this song and thought it would be perfect for him. He was a man who truly lived his life his own way. Now …

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    The Rose Not rated yet
    My Auntie used to play The Rose by Bette Middler all the time when her husband was away working and last year when he died aged 56 The Rose by Westlife …

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