Funerals are a time for mourning, reflection, and remembrance. They allow us to say our final goodbyes to loved ones and honor their lives.
One way we can honor the deceased is through music that has the power to convey emotions and provide comfort during difficult times.
Of course, choosing the right funeral song can be a daunting task.
So, in this article, I will set out 99 of the best funeral songs of all time that have the ability to bring solace, hope, and healing to those who are grieving.
Whether you’re planning a funeral for a loved one or looking for inspiration for your own end-of-life playlist, these timeless classics are sure to leave a lasting impression.
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1. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
This song is a romantic ballad that speaks about the timeless nature of love and its impact on one’s life.
“How long will I love you? As long as stars are above you, and longer if I can.”
2. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
This song is a tribute to the unsung heroes in our lives who lift us up and help us to soar to greater heights.
“Did you ever know that you’re my hero, and everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, for you are the wind beneath my wings.”
3. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
This song is an uplifting anthem that speaks to the power of faith and the support of loved ones in times of need.
“You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas; I am strong, when I am on your shoulders.”
4. In the Arms of an Angel – Sarah McLachlan
This song is a hauntingly beautiful tribute to those we have lost and the hope that they have found peace.
“In the arms of an angel, fly away from here. From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear.”
5. If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away – Justin Moore
This song is a heartwarming tribute to loved ones who have passed away, and the longing to be reunited with them in heaven.
“If heaven wasn’t so far away, I’d pack up the kids and go for the day. Introduce them to their grandpa, watch them laugh at the way he talks.”
6. Mama – Il Divo
This song is a touching tribute to mothers and the love and sacrifices they make for their children.
“Mama, thank you for who I am. Thank you for all the things I’m not, forgive me for the words unsaid, for the times I forgot.”
7. When You’re Gone – Avril Lavigne
This song is a melancholic ballad that speaks to the pain of separation and the longing for a loved one’s return.
“The pieces of my heart are missing you, when you’re gone. The face I came to know is missing too, when you’re gone.”
8. I Wish Grandpas Never Died – Riley Green
This song is a sentimental tribute to grandfathers and the memories they create that last a lifetime.
9. Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (feat. Jeremy Casella) – Indelible Grace
This song is a timeless hymn that speaks to the power of faith and the guidance of God in our lives.
“Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand.”
10. The Goodbye Song – George Salazar and Joe Iconis
This song is a bittersweet farewell that acknowledges the pain of parting but celebrates the memories that will last forever.
11. Concrete Angel – Martina McBride
A heartbreaking ballad that sheds light on child abuse and neglect, and the importance of speaking up and taking action.
“Through the wind and the rain, she stands hard as a stone, in a world that she can’t rise above.”
12. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
A feel-good song that encourages listeners to let go of their worries and just be happy.
“In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry you make it double.”
13. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
A tribute to a loved one who has passed away, this emotional song celebrates the memories shared with that person.
“It’s been a long day without you, my friend, and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.”
14. Pie Jesu – Celtic Woman
A hauntingly beautiful rendition of the traditional Latin hymn, showcasing the stunning harmonies of the all-female group Celtic Woman.
“Qui tollis peccata mundi dona eis requiem” (Translation: “Who takes away the sins of the world grant them peace.”)
15. The Lord’s My Shepherd – Stuart Townend
A modern take on the classic Christian hymn, offering comfort and reassurance in times of difficulty.
“The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want; He makes me lie in green pastures.”
16. Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
One of the most beloved songs in cinematic history, expressing a desire for a better world beyond current troubles.
“Someday I’ll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind me.”
17. My Way – Frank Sinatra
A timeless anthem celebrating individuality and self-determination.
“I faced it all and I stood tall, and did it my way.”
18. How Great Thou Art – Carrie Underwood
A powerful rendition of the classic Christian hymn, showcasing Carrie Underwood’s incredible vocal range.
“Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee: How great thou art.”
19. You Can Close Your Eyes – James Taylor and Carly Simon
A tender lullaby offering comfort and reassurance to a loved one.
“So close your eyes, you can close your eyes, it’s all right.
I don’t know no love songs and I can’t sing the blues anymore.
But I can sing this song and you can sing this song when I’m gone.”
20. Smile – Nat King Cole
An uplifting song encouraging listeners to find joy even in difficult times.
“Smile though your heart is aching, smile even though it’s breaking.”
21. Angels Among Us – Alabama
A heartwarming tribute to the everyday heroes who touch our lives and make the world a better place.
“Oh I believe there are angels among us, sent down to us from somewhere up above.”
22. Amazing Grace – Judy Collins
A soulful rendition of the classic hymn, showcasing Judy Collins’ hauntingly beautiful voice.
“Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved.”
23. I’ll Be Seeing You – Billie Holiday
A bittersweet love song expressing longing for a loved one who is far away.
“I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places that this heart of mine embraces all day through.”
24. If I Die Young – The Band Perry
A poignant reflection on a life cut short, urging us all to make the most of every moment.
“The sharp knife of a short life, well I’ve had just enough time.”
25. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
A beautiful alternative rendition of the classic song, featuring a ukulele and showcasing Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole’s soothing vocals.
“Someday I’ll wish upon a star, wake up where the clouds are far behind me.”
26. Candle in the Wind – Elton John
Originally written as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, this song has become an enduring tribute to those who have passed away too soon.
“Your candle’s burned out long before your legend ever will.”
27. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
A powerful song about loss and grief, written about Billie Armstrong’s late father.
“Summer has come and passed, the innocent can never last; wake me up when September ends.”
28. Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
A romantic ballad expressing a desire to always be there for a loved one, no matter where life takes them.
“Run away with my heart; run away with my hope; run away with my love.”
29. Drink A Beer – Luke Bryan
A poignant reflection on loss and grief, offering comfort in shared experiences.
“So I’m gonna sit right here on the edge of this pier and watch the sunset disappear.”
30. Soul Limbo – Booker T. & the MG’s
A classic uplifting instrumental song often used as theme music for cricket matches and other sporting events.
31. Flying Without Wings – Westlife
A romantic ballad expressing a love that transcends physical boundaries.
“You’re my special thing, I’m flying without wings.”
32. Fairest Lord Jesus (Beautiful Savior) – Oasis Chorale
A hymn that exalts the beauty and majesty of Jesus, often sung during church services.
“Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight, and all the twinkling starry host: Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer, than all the angels heaven can boast.”
33. The Dance – Garth Brooks
A song about cherishing life’s moments and accepting its inevitable end.
“And now I’m glad I didn’t know, the way it all would end, the way it all would go. Our lives are better left to chance; I could have missed the pain but I’d have had to miss the dance.”
34. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
A love song that highlights the depth and timelessness of true love.
“I have died every day waiting for you, darling don’t be afraid I have loved you for a thousand years, I’ll love you for a thousand more.”
35. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
An inspirational song that encourages listeners to take chances and make the most out of life.
“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder, you get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger. May you never take one single breath for granted, God forbid love ever leave you empty handed.”
36. One More Day – Diamond Rio
A song about the regret and longing for one more day with a loved one who has passed away.
“One more day, one more time
One more sunset, maybe I’d be satisfied
But then again, I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still for one more day with you
One more day”
37. If Tomorrow Never Comes – Garth Brooks
A song that expresses the importance of telling loved ones how much they mean to us.
“And if my time on earth were through and she must face this world without me, is the love I gave her in the past gonna be enough to last if tomorrow never comes?”
38. Time to Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
A duet that expresses the sadness of parting ways but also the hope of meeting again someday.
“Time to say goodbye.
Places that I’ve never seen or experienced with you.
Now I shall, I’ll sail with you upon ships across the seas,
seas that exist no more,
it’s time to say goodbye.”
39. Halo – Beyoncé
A song about finding the one who completes you and brings light to your life.
“Everywhere I’m looking now, I’m surrounded by your embrace. Baby, I can see your halo, you know you’re my saving grace.”
40. Drops Of Jupiter – Train
A song that reflects on the beauty and complexity of life and the importance of cherishing every moment.
“Now that she’s back in the atmosphere, I’m afraid that she might think of me as plain old Jane told a story about a man who is too afraid to fly so he never did land.”
41. If You are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
A classic love song that compares the feeling of being in love with the warmth and brightness of sunshine.
“You are the apple of my eye, forever you’ll stay in my heart. I feel like this is the beginning though I’ve loved you for a million years.”
42. Hero – Mariah Carey
A powerful and uplifting song that celebrates those who are everyday heroes; it was dedicated to the New York City firefighters and police officers who lost their lives on September 11th.
“When you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong.”
43. Last of the Summer Wine – Theme Song
An iconic instrumental piece that captures the essence of the British countryside and the nostalgia of a bygone era.
44. Canon in D Major – Johann Pachelbel
A timeless classical piece that has become a popular choice for funerals, offering a sense of elegance and beauty.
45. Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
A timeless love song with soaring vocals and a haunting melody that has stood the test of time.
“Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much, are you still mine?”
47. In The Arms of an Angel – Sarah McLachlan
A poignant and emotional song that was used in an ASPCA commercial to raise awareness about animal cruelty, making it a powerful anthem for those who advocate for the voiceless.
“In the arms of an angel, fly away from here.”
48. Mama, I’m Coming Home – Ozzy Osbourne
A heartfelt ballad that showcases Ozzy Osbourne’s softer side, expressing his longing for home and family after years on the road.
“Mama, I’m coming home
I could be right, I could be wrong
It hurts so bad, it’s been so long
Mama, I’m coming home”
49. Together Again – Janet Jackson
A joyous celebration of love and reunion, this track became a hit for Janet Jackson in 1997.
“Everywhere I go every smile I see, I know you are there smiling back at me.”
50. Everybody Lost Somebody – Bleachers
A poignant song about loss and grief that encourages listeners to remember those they have lost and hold onto their memories.
“I’m standing here in the cold and
I gotta get myself back home soon
Looking like everybody
Knowing everybody lost somebody
Everybody lost somebody
Everybody lost somebody”
51. You Will Always Be My Son – Anthem Lights
A touching tribute from a father to his son, this heartfelt ballad captures the bond between parent and child.
“I don’t ever wanna let you go
But I can’t wait to get to watch you grow
And no matter what this life might bring
I want you to know that you will always be
You will always be my son”
52. Love Me Now – John Legend
A soulful and romantic song that urges listeners to cherish the present moment and make the most of every opportunity to love.
“I don’t know who’s gonna kiss you when I’m gone
So I’m gonna love you now like it’s all I have
I know it’ll kill me when it’s over
I don’t wanna think about it, I want you to love me now”
52. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
This song is a tribute to the unconditional love of a mother and has become a popular choice for funerals.
“You were my strength when I was weak, you were my voice when I couldn’t speak.”
53. Mama – Connie Francis
This classic song pays homage to the love and sacrifice of mothers and is a touching tribute to those who have lost their own.
Until the day That we’re together once more
I’ll live in these memories
Until the day that we’re together once more”
54. I Miss You – Beyoncé
A soulful ballad about longing for someone who has passed away, this song beautifully captures the emotions of grief and loss.
“I miss you, like everyday
Wanna be with you, but you’re away
I said I miss you, missing you insane
But if I got with you, could it feel the same?”
55. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
Despite its title, this song has become a popular choice for funerals due to its reflective and nostalgic tone.
“It’s something unpredictable but in the end it’s right, I hope you had the time of your life.”
56. See You On the Other Side – Ozzy Osbourne
A poignant tribute to a loved one who has passed away, this song speaks to the hope of being reunited in the afterlife.
“I’m gonna see you on the other side, see you on the other side.”
57. Spirit In The Sky – Gareth Gates
Originally recorded by Norman Greenbaum in 1969, this upbeat song celebrates the idea of going to heaven and is a fun, and certainly unconventional, choice for funerals.
“When I die and they lay me to rest
Gonna go to the place that’s the best
When I lay me down to die
Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky”
58. Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There – Jennifer Hudson
A gospel classic, this song is a celebration of faith and speaks to the promise of eternal life in heaven.
“If he said it
Then I know it’s true
There’s a place for me
Beyond beyond the sky
Brothers and sisters there’s one for you”
59. Beautiful Day – U2
This uplifting song about seizing the day and finding joy in life has become a popular choice for funerals as a celebration of life.
“It’s a beautiful day, don’t let it get away.”
60. Keg on My Coffin – The Push Stars
A lighthearted and humorous tribute to a loved one who enjoyed a good drink, this song is a unique choice for those looking to inject some humor into a funeral service.
“Put the keg on my coffin
And think of me every so often”
61. Where Do Broken Hearts Go – Whitney Houston
A heart-wrenching ballad about the search for love and healing after heartbreak, this song has become an emotional tribute to those who have passed away.
“Where do broken hearts go, can they find their way home?”
62. A Love Without End, Amen – George Strait
This song is a tribute to the unending love between a father and his child.
“Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love, a secret that my daddy said was just between us.”
63. I’m Already There – Lonestar
“I’m Already There” is a touching song about someone who has passed on and is with their loved ones in spirit.
“I’m already there, take a look around. I’m the sunshine in your hair, I’m the shadow on the ground.”
64. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” is an uplifting song that encourages listeners to lean on their loved ones during difficult times.
“When you’re down and out, when you’re on the street, when evening falls so hard, I will comfort you.”
65. Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn
This song reflects on the memories associated with a father’s hands and how they shape our lives.
“Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was cryin’. Daddy’s hands were hard as steel when I’d done wrong.”
66. I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers
“I Wanna Get Better” is a song about self-improvement and moving on after loss.
“I didn’t know I was lonely ’til I saw your face
I wanna get better, better, better, better
I wanna get better
I didn’t know I was broken ’til I wanted to change
I wanna get better, better, better, better
I wanna get better”
67. The Floyd Song (Sunrise) – Miley Cyrus
“The Floyd Song (Sunrise)” is a tribute to Miley Cyrus’ dog who passed away.
“The sunrise insists on gladness
But how can I be glad now my flower is dead
Oh, sun, I see you happy
You made the morning dew
Now you’re showing me the truth
I don’t want to believe you”
68. Mighty KC – For Squirrels
“Mighty KC” is an emotional song that became a niche hit shortly after the deaths of two of the bands founding members.
“Ship me off to the morgue
I’m ready to be buried
Away down in my bed, bed
And I’m alone without the sun
Please just take one”
69. St. Jude – Florence + The Machine
“St. Jude” is an uplifting song about hope and perseverance during difficult times.
“And I’m learning, so I’m leaving
And even though I’m grieving
I’m trying to find the meaning
Letting loss reveal it
Letting loss reveal it”
70. Saturn – Sleeping at Last
“Saturn” is a song that reflects on the passage of time and how we can find comfort in the memories of those we’ve lost.
“With shortness of breath, I’ll explain the infinite. How rare and beautiful it truly is that we exist.”
71. Amelia – Tonight Alive
“Amelia” is a song about saying goodbye to someone who has passed on.
“I think about you every single day
And every time I see your face
I wake and it brings me to tear.”
72. In My Life – The Beatles
A classic and timeless song that reflects on a life well-lived.
“Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more”
73. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
A heartfelt ballad written after the tragic loss of Clapton’s young son, Conor, it has become a staple at funerals.
“Would you hold my hand if I saw you in heaven? Would you help me stand if I saw you in heaven?”
74. That’s My Job – Conway Twitty
A tribute to fathers everywhere, this song acknowledges the hard work and sacrifices they make for their families.
“But I say, “Daddy I’m so afraid
How will I go on with you gone this way?
How can I come up with a song to say, I love you?”
“That’s my job, that’s what I do
Everything I do is because of you
To keep you safe with me, that’s my job, you see.”
“Everything I do is because of you
To keep you safe with me.”
75. When I Die – New Found Glory
A punk rock anthem about living life to the fullest and not fearing death.
“Now I have finally accepted
We will never stand in the same room
I can never hear your voice of reason
At least you didn’t, didn’t feel a thin.”
76. Casimir Pulaski Day – Sufjan Stevens
A hauntingly beautiful song about the loss of a loved one and questioning one’s faith.
“All the glory that the Lord has made
And the complications when I see His face
In the morning in the window”
77. Sun Kil Moon – Carissa
A tribute to Mark Kozelek’s second cousin who passed away in a freak accident, this song is both sad and cathartic.
“Carissa was thirty-five, you don’t just raise two kids and take out your trash and die.”
78. Antlers – Kettering
A stand out song on an album that explores themes of mortality, love, and loss through the lens of hospice care.
“But something kept me standing by that hospital bed
I should have quit, but instead, I took care of you
You made me sleep and uneven, and I didn’t believe them
When they told me that there was no saving you”
79. Jimmy Eat World – Hear You Me (May Angels Lead You In)
A tribute to their friend who passed away from complications with cancer, this song is a reminder to cherish life while we still have it.
“May angels lead you in, hear you me my friends. On sleepless roads the sleepless go, may angels lead you in.”
80. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
A soulful duet that celebrates love and the hope of being reunited with loved ones who have passed away.
“Love lifts us up where we belong, where the eagles cry on a mountain high. Love lifts us up where we belong, far from the world below.”
81. Blink-182 – Adam’s Song
A song that speaks to the struggles of depression and suicide, it offers hope to those who feel lost.
“Please tell mom this is not her fault.”
82. Real Death – Mount Eerie
An heartbreaking song from an album written after Phil Elverum’s wife passed away from cancer, it is a raw and honest exploration of grief.
“Death is real, someone’s there and then they’re not. And it’s not for singing about, it’s not for making into art.”
83. Do You Realize – The Flaming Lips
A song that reminds us to appreciate life while we still have it and to not take anything for granted.
“Do you realize that happiness makes you cry? Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?”
84. Bronte – Gotye
A song about saying goodbye to a beloved pet dog, it speaks to the universal experience of losing a furry friend.
“We will be with you (no)
We will be with you (oh-ooh)
We will be with you (no)
You will stay with us”
85. Pass Slowly – Seether
A song about the pain of losing someone close and accepting the inevitability of death.
“So pass slowly
And carry me down
Remember me only
When you’re not around”
86. Yesterdays – Switchfoot
A reflective song that encourages living in the moment and making every day count.
“Flowers cut and brought inside
Black cars in a single line
Your family in suits and ties
And you’re free”
87. Nessum Dorma – Luciano Pavarotti
This classic aria has been used in many funeral ceremonies due to its moving and powerful melody.
“Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!”
88. Right Here Waiting for You – Richard Marx
A sentimental ballad that speaks to the love and loss felt after someone passes away.
“Wherever you go, whatever you do, I will be right here waiting for you.”
89. We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
A wartime classic that has since become a popular choice for funerals as a message of hope and reunion.
“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.”
90. My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
Clapton wrote this emotional song about his own father’s passing and the search for his memory in his son’s eyes.
“As my soul slides down to die
How could I lose him?
What did I try?
Bit by bit, I’ve realized
That he was here with me
I look into my father’s eyes”
91. Satisfied Mind – Jeff Buckley
Buckley’s haunting and melancholic rendition of this classic Scottish folk song is a poignant reflection on the end of life.
“One thing’s for certain: when it comes my time,
I’ll leave this old world with a satisfied mind, mind, mind, mind, mind,
92. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
This iconic song has become a popular choice for funerals due to its message about the acceptance of death.
“Knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door.”
93. Shadow of the Day – Linkin Park
Linkin Park’s emotional ballad about loss and grief has become a popular choice for funerals in recent years.
“And the shadow of the day will embrace the world in grey.”
94. Say Hello 2 Heaven – Temple of the Dog
This grunge classic is a tribute to Andrew Wood, lead singer of Mother Love Bone, who passed away in 1990.
“I, I never wanted
To write these words down for you
With the pages of phrases
Of all the things we’ll never do”
95. Calling all Angels – Train
A heartfelt plea for help from loved ones who have passed away that has resonated with many grieving families.
“And I’m calling all angels, I’m calling all you angels, I won’t give up if you dont give up”
96. I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi’s rock anthem about living life to the fullest has become a popular choice for funerals as a reminder to live without regret.
“Until I’m six feet under, baby I don’t need a bed
Gonna live while I’m alive, I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Until they roll me over and lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive, I’ll sleep when I’m dead”
97. These Three Words – Stevie Wonder
This soulful ballad is a message of love and longing that has been used in many funeral ceremonies.
“The one for whom you’d give your very life
Could be taken in the twinkling of an eye
Through your tears you’d ask why did you go
Knowing you didn’t always show
Just how much you loved them so”
98. Supermarket Flowers – Ed Sheeran
Sheeran wrote this emotional song about his grandmother’s passing and the grief that followed.
“So I’ll sing Hallelujah, you were an angel in the shape of my mum.”
99. Hurt – Johnny Cash
Cash’s haunting rendition of Nine Inch Nails’ original song has become a popular choice for funerals due to its message about pain and suffering.
“What have I become, my sweetest friend? Everyone I know goes away in the end.”