The death of a loved one is always an emotional time. Whether their passing was expected or a shock, the grief is the same and no less difficult to deal with, especially when there is a funeral to plan. From the guest list to catering and flowers, the playlist might be the last thing on your mind but music actually plays a key role in setting the tone for the day and giving your loved ones the send-off they deserve.
When it comes to choosing funeral songs, it can be a daunting prospect, especially if your loved one did not already have something planned. Some people like to go for happy, uplifting songs that celebrate the deceased’s life whereas others prefer the traditional, more sombre mood brought on by serious pieces of music. Attitudes have certainly changed in the last few decades with contemporary songs from rock and pop genres favoured over traditional hymns. So, to help you choose the right music for your loved one’s day, our team at Simply Affordable Funerals and Cremations have put together a list of the most requested funeral songs.
Happy Funeral Songs
While it might not seem like the obvious choice, happy songs are very popular for funerals, especially to honour those who lived their lives as the embodiment of joie de vivre! Perhaps choosing an uplifting tune for the day could be an opportunity to celebrate their life, rather than mourn their death.
You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
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
Sad Funeral Songs
Sadness is often the overwhelming emotion at funerals, so it’s no surprise that the most popular funeral songs tend to evoke the same feelings. Sad songs give mourners time to reflect and sit with their grief, whilst also recalling memories with the dearly departed and can be a very poignant way to honour your loved one.
Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
Nothing Compares to You – Sinead O’Connor
You Raise Me Up – Westlife
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Funny Funeral Song
If your loved one had a sense of humour in life, then perhaps they might have appreciated going for a humorous choice of song for their funeral! Funny songs have a way of breaking up the tension and emotional heaviness of a funeral, providing some much-needed levity and reprieve from sorrow during what is already a difficult day.
Highway to Hell – ACDC
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – Bon Jovi
Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
Going Underground – The Jam
Classical Funeral Songs
For when words aren’t enough, you can’t go wrong with any of the following classical pieces. Evocative, beautiful, and timeless, they are sure to bring back memories of your loved one’s life, making them a timeless choice for funerals.
Ave Maria – Schubert
Nessum Dorma – Puccini
Amazing Grace – Various artists
Pie Jesu – Faure
Song for Athene – Sir John Tavener
Top 5 Funeral Songs
If you’re still unsure what type of song to go for, then consider one of the following, all of which have stood the test of time and are considered to be the top 5 funeral songs of all time.
My Way – Frank Sinatra/Shirley Bassey
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler/Celine Dion
Time to Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli
Angels – Robbie Williams
Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
Whatever music you have in mind for your loved one’s funeral, you can trust Simply Affordable Funerals and Cremations to take care of all the preparations, giving them a beautiful send-off and being there for you and your family every step of the way. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call us and one of our friendly team will be more than happy to help!