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25 Of The Most Amazing Funeral Songs Of All Time To Add To Your Playlist

CEO Tinh Phung
Losing a loved one is never easy. Planning a funeral can be an emotional experience, and finding the right music to celebrate their life can be a challenge. If you're looking for some inspiration, we've...

Losing a loved one is never easy. Planning a funeral can be an emotional experience, and finding the right music to celebrate their life can be a challenge. If you're looking for some inspiration, we've got you covered. We've asked funeral directors from all over the country for their favorite funeral songs, and the results are in. These top 25 funeral songs will help you create a unique and perfect playlist for your loved one's farewell.

The classic, most touching funeral songs

Let's start with the songs you'd typically hear at a funeral. These timeless classics are a beautiful mix of heartfelt tributes and songs that have stood the test of time.

  1. "You Can Close Your Eyes" - James Taylor James Taylor's soft, acoustic sound and uplifting lyrics make this song a perfect choice for a funeral. It's sad, yet comforting, and it celebrates the beauty of life.

  2. "Tears in Heaven" - Eric Clapton This powerful song by Eric Clapton was written as a tribute to his late son. Its emotional lyrics and haunting melody resonate with anyone who has experienced loss.

  3. "Hallelujah" - Jeff Buckley Jeff Buckley's rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is simply breathtaking. Its soulful and poignant lyrics make it a must-have for any funeral service.

  4. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole This beautiful rendition of the classic song by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is soothing and uplifting. It's a reminder that there's a wonderful world waiting beyond this one.

Funeral songs that will open the floodgates

Sometimes, it's important to let the tears flow and embrace the emotions that come with saying goodbye. These songs will take you on an emotional journey and help you find solace.

  1. "Feels Like Home" - Chantal Kreviazuk This song has the power to touch your heart and bring tears to your eyes. It's a beautiful expression of love and longing.

  2. "Asleep" - The Smith's The Smith's hauntingly beautiful song is a melancholic lullaby that speaks to the desire for rest and peace. It's a bittersweet tribute to a life well-lived.

  3. "Satisfied Mind" - Jeff Buckley This song is a true masterpiece. It not only reflects on the life lived but also inspires us to live with love and compassion. Its powerful lyrics will leave a lasting impact.

  4. "Blower's Daughter" - Damien Rice While the lyrics of this song may cut deep, its romantic undertones make it a perfect choice to honor a love that was tragically cut short.

Funeral songs for the hopeless romantics

If your loved one had a beautiful love story or if you want to honor a romance impacted by loss, these songs will touch the hearts of all who hear them.

  • "Halo (Acoustic)" - Beyonce Beyonce's acoustic rendition of this widely known song is deeply heartfelt. Its lyrics and delivery evoke a sense of love and warmth that can bring solace to grieving hearts.

  • "Only For You" - Heartless Bastards This modern and soulful song beautifully expresses love in a subtle and honest way. It's a perfect choice for Indie music lovers of all ages.

  • "I'll Be Seeing You" - Billie Holiday Infamously played in the movie "The Notebook," this classic song embodies romance and everlasting love. It's a timeless tribute to a love that transcends time.

Funeral songs that are inspiring and uplifting

After the tears have flowed, it's time to celebrate a life well-lived. These inspirational songs will help uplift spirits and remind us to embrace the beauty of life.

  • "Follow the Sun" by Xavier Rudd While not specifically about death, this song represents the circle of life and the moments of joy we find when celebrating together.

  • "Everywhere" - Michelle Branch This uplifting song reminds us that our loved ones are always with us, even when they are no longer physically present. It's a beautiful reminder that we are never alone.

  • "Wherever You Will Go" - The Calling This song reminds us that our loved ones will always be with us, guiding us through life. Its romantic tone makes it perfect for remembering and celebrating cherished memories.

  • "Spirit In The Sky" - Norman Greenbaum This crowd-pleaser of a song with its uplifting lyrics is perfect for celebrating a life well-lived. It reminds us to focus on the positive and embrace the journey ahead.

Funeral songs for a beautiful celebration of life

If you're hosting a celebration of life, these songs will get people up on their feet and dancing, creating a joyful atmosphere filled with love and laughter.

  • "Drops of Jupiter" - Train This song is perfect for a celebration of life. It's a feel-good anthem that reminds us of the vastness of the universe and the beauty of heaven.

  • "I've Had The Time Of My Life" - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes This classic hit from the movie Dirty Dancing is the perfect song to end the celebration. It's a joyful reminder to cherish every moment and live life to the fullest.

  • "Forever Young" - Rod Stewart With its heartfelt lyrics, this song serves as a beautiful tribute to a life well-lived. It reminds us to treasure the memories we've made and keep our loved ones close in our hearts.

Funeral songs that will make you laugh...

Now, let's shift gears and inject some humor into the mix. These songs are perfect for those who want a celebration of life that's anything but traditional.

  • "Keg On My Coffin" - The Push Stars Despite its title, this song is oddly sweet and soothing. It's a lighthearted choice that can bring a smile to everyone's face.

  • "Dropkick Me Jesus" - Bobby Bare This song speaks for itself. It's a classic that will surely bring laughter and fond memories to the forefront.

  • "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die" - Willie Nelson Even in the saddest of times, a little humor can go a long way. This playful song is perfect for families who want to celebrate their loved one's unique sense of humor.

  • "Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die)" - Joe Diffie This song will get everyone talking about the good times and sharing laughter. It's an uplifting and humorous tribute to a life well-lived.

  • "Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash This off-beat request is a crowd-pleaser. With its lively rhythm and amusing lyrics, it's the perfect song to celebrate a life filled with laughter and joy.

  • "Highway to Hell" - ACDC For those who lived life on their terms and loved rock music, this song is a fitting tribute to their rebellious spirit.

The official "Top Funeral Songs to Celebrate Life" playlist

If you're looking for more inspiration, check out our free playlist packed with funeral songs. Let the music guide you as you celebrate the life of your loved one.

Feeling inspired by these funeral songs? Still unsure about what music to play at the service? We've created an infographic to help you choose the perfect songs for a funeral.

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What is your favorite funeral song of all time? Share it with us in the comments below!