What are the Best Funeral Songs to go out to?

Have you ever heard a song on the radio, started singing your heart out and thought this could be good for my funeral songs? Funerals are not something we think about daily, but they are important, and choosing a funeral song is a bit like desert island discs, especially songs that mean something to you or say something about you. However, finding the best tunes for a loved ones’ farewell can be challenging as well.

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What are the most popular funeral songs for a perfect send off?

Many years ago, Debussy’s ‘Clair de Lune’ was the song that sent the funeral congregation reaching for the tissues, but today it’s more likely to be modern songs like Robbie Williams’ ‘Angles’ or ACDC’s ‘Highway to Hell’.

What may seem like unusual choices for a funeral, these could best reflect your loved one just by something the like. For example, maybe your husband was a massive Football fan, entering the chapel or church to the ‘Match of the Day’ theme or a Football club chant, such as “Rovers till we die” based on Doncaster Rovers, is not something people think twice to anymore.

Although still classical music and more of a funeral tradition, film scores are also popular for funeral songs. If your loved one was a massive Marvel comic/film fan, the Avengers theme is a popular choice for a child’s funeral.

What are the Best Funeral Songs to go out to? Young girl listening to a gramophone record

Depending on your loved one’s humour, maybe they insisted a certain song – and by song, they meant the “Countdown” clock music from popular channel 4 show Countdown. Time is running out and the clock is ticking.

Poignant and uplifting funeral songs

As you’d expect, sad songs feature highly in the top 10 funeral songs lists. It’s not difficult to see why these poignant and uplifting qualities are popular choices among family and friends.

Take a look at the popular sad songs’ families choose for funerals:

  • I’ll See You Again– Westlife
  • Over the Rainbow– Eva Cassidy
  • Wind Beneath My Wings– Bette Midler
  • Nothing Compares to You– Sinead O’Connor
  • Wish You Were Here– Pink Floyd

However, there’s no rule saying happy songs aren’t appropriate. In fact, Monty Python’s “Always look on the bright side of Life” is ever present for modern funerals, and it was also played at Monty Python himself, Graham Chapman’s funeral.

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life– Monty Python’s Life of Brian
  • Bring Me Sunshine– Morecambe and Wise
  • Don’t Worry. Be Happy– Bobby McFerrin
  • What a Wonderful World– Louis Armstrong
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life– Stevie Wonder

Songs to Reassure

Funerals are not the happiest of places, so choosing a sad song could cause family members who are still grieving from the loved one’s loss. Perhaps, the most touching song choices – songs that they hoped to reassure and comfort the loved ones they left behind. For example, Vera Lynn’s “We’ll meet again” was popular in 2020 due to the pandemic and VE Day, it also brings hope that we’ll soon meet are loved ones again.