To many people, the song that they will send them off is a very important decision in their life.
It is the song that will say something about you, and provide comfort to your loved ones as they remember you and your life.
A funeral is often thought of as a celebration of life, so this list isn’t only full of sad, slow farewells, but also uplifting tunes that will bring a smile to every face.
Here are some of the best funeral songs; I hope they will give you inspiration and help you through what can be a difficult decision for many.
Table of Contents
- 1. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
- 2. “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python’s Life of Brian
- 3. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinéad O’Connor
- 4. “Bring Me Sunshine” by Morecambe & Wise
- 5. “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd
- 6. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
- 7. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban
- 8. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
- 9. “Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word)” by Celine Dion
- 10. “You Are the Sunshine of My life” by Stevie Wonder
- 11. “One Sweet Day” by Celine Dion and Boyz II Men
- 12. “The Living Years” by Mike + The Mechanics
- 13. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds
- 14. “My Father’s Eyes” by Eric Clapton
- 15. “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King
- 16. “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross
- 17. “Smile” by Nat King Cole
- 18. “Hero” by Mariah Carey
- 19. “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed
- 20. “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn
- 21. “You Are Not Alone” by Michael Jackson
- 22. “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton
- 23. “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx
- 24. “Ave Maria” by Schubert
- 25. “Highway to Hell” by ACDC
- 26. “Nessun Dorma” by Puccini
- 27. “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” by Bon Jovi
- 28. “Amazing Grace” by John Newton
- 29. “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
- 30. “Song for Athene” by Sir John Tavener
- 31. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve
- 32. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day
- 33. “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith
- 34. “Someone Like You” by Adele
- 35. “My Immortal” by Evanescence
- 36. “My Way” by Frank Sinatra
- 37. “Angels” by Robbie Williams
- 38. “The Best” by Tina Turner
- 39. “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
- 40. “Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar
- 41. “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi
- 42. “Air on the G String” by Bach
- 43. “Wonderwall” by Oasis
- 44. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day
- 45. “Halo” by Beyoncé
- 46. “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans, ft. 112
- 47. “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi
- 48. “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan
- 49. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
- 50. “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran
- 51. “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” by Carrie Underwood
- 52. “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by The Intruders
- 53. “In My Life” by The Beatles
- 54. “Mama, I’m Coming Home” by Ozzy Osbourne
- 55. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban
- 56. “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” by U2
- 57. “Grandma’s Song” by Gail Davies
- 58. “Grandma’s Hands” by Bill Withers
- 59. “Fix You” by Coldplay
- 60. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
- 61. “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum
- 62. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa
- 63. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross
- 64. “When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley
- 65. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
- Best Funeral Songs – Final Thoughts
1. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
This funeral song, sometimes titled “The Wind Beneath My Wings” or “Hero”, was written in 1982.
The most popular version was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress Bette Midler for the soundtrack to the film Beaches, winning her Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990.
In a 2002 UK poll, “Wind Beneath My Wings” was found to be the most-played song at British funerals.
2. “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Not all funeral songs have to be sad and slow!
“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” is a comedy song written by Monty Python member Eric Idle, first featured in the Python film Life of Brian.
It has gone on to become a common singalong at public events such as football matches as well as funerals.
The song touches on stoicism and the “stiff upper lip” so often associated with British people.
3. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinéad O’Connor
This song was written and composed by Prince for his side project, The Family, with the song’s lyrics exploring feelings of longing from the point of view of an abandoned lover.
In 1989, Sinéad O’Connor recorded a version which became a worldwide hit.
In December 1990, Billboard named “Nothing Compares 2 U” as the “#1 World Single” of 1990 at its first Billboard Music Awards.
4. “Bring Me Sunshine” by Morecambe & Wise
This song was originally written in 1966 by Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee, and first recorded by The Mills Brothers.
In the UK, the song is most commonly associated with the popular comedy duo Morecambe & Wise, after it was adopted as their signature tune.
The lyrics to the song were also read at Morecambe’s funeral by Ernie Wise, who went on to call it his favorite song during a radio appearance with BBC in 1990.
5. “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd
David Gilmour and Roger Waters collaborated to write this Pink Floyd hit.
In the documentary “The Story of Wish You Were Here”, Waters describes the lyrics as being directed at himself, as his lyrics often are.
Gilmour, on the other hand, recognizes that he never performs the song without remembering Syd Barrett.
Waters later added that the song is, as always, open to interpretation – this makes it the perfect funeral song.
6. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
Released in 1988, this uplifting funeral song was the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a position it held for two weeks.
One critic noted it as a “formula for facing life’s trials”, making it the perfect celebration of life.
At the 1989 Grammy Awards, the song helped McFerrin win the awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
7. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban
In 2003, David Foster produced this previously released song after being introduced to it by Frank Petrone of peermusic, the song’s publisher.
He chose the up-and-coming Josh Groban to record the song, whose version made it to number 1.
Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” was nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
This song is a great way to thank someone for their impact on your life, one final time.
8. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
This well-known song was released by Louis Armstrong in 1967, and is an uplifting song for funerals.
It topped the pop chart in the UK, but performed poorly in the US because Larry Newton, president of ABC Records, wasn’t a fan of the song and refused to promote it! (Can you believe that?)
Armstrong’s recording was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, finally receiving the recognition in the US that it deserved.
9. “Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word)” by Celine Dion
This Celine Dion song was written and produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, and Lange and his then-wife Shania Twain did the backing vocals.
Lyrically, the song speaks about motherly love and fear of losing one’s mother, so this is a funeral song that could help you say goodbye to her.
The song received favorable reviews from music critics, who called it a “heartfelt and emotional song”, while praising Dion’s performance.
10. “You Are the Sunshine of My life” by Stevie Wonder
This 1973 single became Stevie Wonder’s third number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his first number-one on the Easy Listening chart, and it’s the perfect funeral song.
It won Wonder a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and was nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Billboard called the song “a soft, haunting ballad with outstanding electric piano runs and outstanding production work.”
11. “One Sweet Day” by Celine Dion and Boyz II Men
“One Sweet Day” is a gorgeous funeral song recorded by singer-songwriter Mariah Carey and vocal group Boyz II Men.
Lyrically, the song speaks about the death of a loved one, taking their presence for granted and missing them, and finally about seeing the person in heaven.
Both of the artists wrote the song about specific people in their lives, being inspired by sufferers of the AIDS epidemic, which was globally prevalent at the time.
12. “The Living Years” by Mike + The Mechanics
This soft-rock ballad addresses a son’s regret over unresolved conflict with his now-deceased father.
It won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, and was nominated for four Grammy awards, including Record and Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and also Best Video.
In 1996, famed composer Burt Bacharach coined the song “one of the finest lyrics of the last ten years”.
13. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is an uplifting song by the Scottish rock band Simple Minds, released as a single in 1985.
It was popularized after featuring in the 1985 John Hughes film The Breakfast Club and the 2010 film Easy A.
A song about friendship and loss, this song is sure to bring a wave of happiness and calmness to any memorial service.
14. “My Father’s Eyes” by Eric Clapton
“My Father’s Eyes” is a song written and performed by Eric Clapton and produced by Clapton and Simon Climie.
The funeral song, in which the protagonist replays memories of his late father, was a worldwide hit and reached the top 40 in many countries (including the US, Austria, and Iceland).
It also won Clapton a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
15. “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King
According to King, the title was inspired by a spiritual song named “Stand by Me Father,” recorded by the Soul Stirrers.
Its royalties were estimated, in 2012, to have topped $22.8 million (£17 million), making it the sixth highest-earning song as of its era!
In 2015, King’s original version was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”, just under five weeks before his death.
16. “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross
This 2003 memorial song by Luther Vandross was the title track and lead single to his thirteenth studio album.
With Richard Marx, Vandross wrote the song based on his personal experience.
The lyrics recall childhood memories with Vandross’ father, who used to dance with him and his mother.
The sweet memories brought up in this emotional single make this a great commemorative song for funerals and memorial services.
17. “Smile” by Nat King Cole
In the lyrics, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile.
“Smile” has become a popular standard since its original use in Charlie Chaplin’s film and has been recorded by many famed artists.
Nat King Cole recorded the first version with lyrics which reached number 10 on the Billboard charts and number 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1954.
18. “Hero” by Mariah Carey
While writing this song, Carey did not connect to its style nor sound, therefore forfeiting it over to Gloria Estefan in 1992.
However, after being convinced by Sony executive Tommy Mottola to keep it, she altered some of the lyrics.
The song is regarded as one of Carey’s most inspirational ballads, with its protagonist declaring that people are “heroes” if they look inside themselves and see their own inner strength.
19. “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed
“Perfect Day” is a song written by American musician Lou Reed in 1972.
Its fame was given a boost in the 1990s when it was featured in the popular 1996 film Trainspotting.
A star-studded version was also released as a BBC charity single in 1997, reaching number one in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Norway.
This is a gorgeous funeral song that highlights romance, love, and good memories.
20. “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn
This 1939 song by Vera Lynn is a beautiful, popular funeral song.
The song is one of the most famous of the Second World War era, and resonated with soldiers going off to fight as well as their families and loved ones.
In April 2020, a charity duet with Katherine Jenkins, released in 2014, reached number 72 on the UK Singles Chart, with proceeds going to National Health Service charities.
21. “You Are Not Alone” by Michael Jackson
“You Are Not Alone” is an R&B ballad released in 1995 by Michael Jackson.
It was written by R. Kelly in response to difficult times in his own personal life, which led to Jackson’s interest in the song.
The music video, which featured Jackson and his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley, was a hit and the song remains popular at funerals.
22. “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton
This sad song by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings, was written about the death of Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor.
In the United Kingdom, where Clapton is from, it reached number five on the UK Singles Chart, and also charted in the top 10 in more than twenty nations around the world.
It won three Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year.
23. “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx
Marx was an aspiring singer/songwriter when Barbara Streisand reached out and asked him to write her a hit, but she later rejected “Right Here Waiting”.
He said in an interview, “She actually did me a solid, because had she not rejected it I probably would never have recorded it and every once in a while I put my arm around her and I say, ‘Thank you so much for rejecting my song!’”
24. “Ave Maria” by Schubert
This classical funeral song was composed by Franz Schubert in 1825 as part of a setting of seven songs from Walter Scott’s 1810 popular narrative poem The Lady of the Lake.
It is a classical piece and is often performed and recorded by singers under the title “Ave Maria” (the Latin name of the prayer Hail Mary, and also the opening words of the song, which is a prayer to the Virgin Mary).
25. “Highway to Hell” by ACDC
This is a funeral song for those of you who want to bring a touch of happiness and laughter to the service!
AC/DC had made several studio albums before and were promoting them via a grueling tour schedule, referred to by Angus Young as being on a highway to hell, hence the name.
Cash Box called it a “bone crunching, gut-wrenching exercise in primal guitar rock” with “simple yet effective riffing” and “ballsy vocals.”
26. “Nessun Dorma” by Puccini
“Nessun dorma” (English: “Let no one sleep”) is a classical funeral song, and one of the best-known tenor arias in all opera.
It is sung by Calaf, who falls in love at first sight with the beautiful but cold Princess Turandot.
Any man who wishes to wed Turandot must first answer her three riddles; if he fails, he will be beheaded.
In the aria, Calaf expresses his triumphant assurance that he will win the princess.
27. “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” by Bon Jovi
“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi, and will add some humor and joy to your memorial service.
It was released in 1993, and was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child.
The song reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart, and performed moderately well on charts worldwide.
The grave of the Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison was featured in the song’s music video.
28. “Amazing Grace” by John Newton
This is an immensely popular hymn, particularly in the US!
John Newton wrote based on his life; he was conscripted into service with the Royal Navy, and later became involved in the Atlantic slave trade.
In 1748, a violent storm battered his vessel, so severely that he called out to God for mercy.
While this moment marked his spiritual conversion, he continued slave trading until 1754/55, when he ended his seafaring altogether.
29. “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
30. “Song for Athene” by Sir John Tavener
“Song for Athene” is a musical composition by John Tavener with lyrics by Mother Thekla, an Orthodox nun.
It is Tavener’s best known work, having been performed by the Westminster Abbey Choir at the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales, on 6 September 1997.
Commissioned by the BBC, the piece was written in 1993 as a tribute to Athene Hariades, a young actress who was a family friend killed in a cycling accident.
31. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve
This is a beautifully modern funeral song, released by the English rock band the Verve in 1997.
“Bitter Sweet Symphony” is based on a sample from a 1965 version of the Rolling Stones song “The Last Time” by the Andrew Oldham Orchestra, with the Verve adding strings, guitar, percussion and vocals.
The music video was nominated for Video of the Year, Best Group Video, and Best Alternative Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.
32. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” is a song by American 90s rock band Green Day, released in December 1997.
Although different from the band’s usual sound, it is one of their most popular songs and is commonly used as a modern funeral song.
It has also become a staple of their concerts and is usually played as the final song.
33. “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith
This funeral song by Sam Smith was originally released in 2013, but only peaked at number 25 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.
The song was re-released in 2015, this time reaching number 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 15 on the UK Singles Chart.
A third version featuring John Legend recorded for the British charity telethon Comic Relief reached number one in the UK in 2015.
34. “Someone Like You” by Adele
This song made Adele the first British female artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have two number ones from the same album.
In 2011, it became the first single of the decade to sell a million units in the UK and it was certified 5× Platinum by the BPI.
In 2022, the song became the third most downloaded single in the UK and the fourth best-selling single of the 21st century!
35. “My Immortal” by Evanescence
“My Immortal” is a slow piano power ballad, which will give your loved one the perfect send off.
The song lyrically talks about “a spirit staying with you after its death” and not leaving you alone.
In 2005, it received a nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 47th Grammy Awards.
The funeral song was certified gold in the United States and platinum in Australia.
36. “My Way” by Frank Sinatra
“My Way” was popularized in 1969 by Frank Sinatra, set to the music of the French song “Comme d’habitude” performed by Claude François.
Its English lyrics were written by Paul Anka and are unrelated to the original French song.
The song was a success for a variety of performers including Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Sid Vicious.
Sinatra’s version of the funeral song spent 75 weeks in the UK Top 40, which is 2nd place all-time.
37. “Angels” by Robbie Williams
“Angels” is a heartfelt funeral song by the English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams.
Williams said he wrote “Angels” with Guy Chambers about his aunt and uncle.
Ray Heffernan asserts that he wrote the first version in 1996, after his partner had a miscarriage, and finished it with Williams after meeting him by chance in Dublin.
To avoid a lawsuit, Williams bought the rights to the song from Heffernan before it was released.
38. “The Best” by Tina Turner
In 1989, Tina Turner recorded a cover version of “The Best”, originally written by Bonnie Tyler.
Prior to recording the song, Tina Turner approached the songwriter Holly Knight and requested some changes: the addition of a bridge, which Turner felt was missing, and a key change.
The song was an international success, becoming a top-five hit in numerous countries and it is one of Turner’s most recognizable tunes, often considered synonymous with the singer’s name.
39. “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
Pachelbel’s Canon (also known as the Canon in D) is a popular classical funeral song by the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel.
Neither the date nor the circumstances of its composition are known and the oldest surviving manuscript copy of the piece dates from the 19th century!
A 1968 arrangement of it by the Jean-François Paillard chamber orchestra gained popularity over the next decade, and still remains popular today.
40. “Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar composed his Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, popularly known as the Enigma Variations, between October 1898 and February 1899.
Elgar dedicated the work “to my friends pictured within”, each variation being a musical sketch of one of his circle of close acquaintances.
Those portrayed include Elgar’s wife Alice, his friend and publisher Augustus J. Jaeger and Elgar himself.
41. “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi
The Four Seasons is a group of four violin concertos by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, each of which gives musical expression to a season of the year.
These were composed around 1718−1720, when Vivaldi was the court chapel master in Mantua.
The Four Seasons is the best known of Vivaldi’s works, representing flowing creeks, singing birds, a shepherd and his barking dog, storms, drunken dancers, frozen landscapes, and warm winter fires.
42. “Air on the G String” by Bach
The arrangement of this popular classical funeral song differs from the original in that the part of the first violins is transposed down so that the entire piece can be played on just the violin’s lowest string (the G string).
In performance, that part is generally played by a single violin (instead of by the first violins as a group).
The interweaving melody of the high strings contrast with the rhythmic drive in the bass.
43. “Wonderwall” by Oasis
“Wonderwall” is a song by English rock band Oasis and was written by Noel Gallagher.
According to Gallagher, “Wonderwall” describes “an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself”, making this a gorgeous funeral song.
“Wonderwall” topped the charts in Australia and New Zealand and reached the top 10 in 13 other counties, including Canada and the United States.
The single was certified sextuple platinum by the BPI.
44. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day
This acoustic ballad was written by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as an ode to the death of his father when he was 10 years old.
The song became symbolic after Hurricane Katrina, where it was dedicated to victims of the disaster, and also to the victims of the September 11 attacks.
The song’s music video depicts a couple broken apart by the Iraq War, which was intended to convey the song’s central theme of loss.
45. “Halo” by Beyoncé
The beautiful funeral song was intended to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Beyoncé’s life, stripped of her make-up and celebrity trappings.
Inspired by Ray LaMontagne’s 2004 song “Shelter”, “Halo” is perfect for funerals due to its angelic undertones and theme.
It was originally conceived by Tedder and Bogart specifically for Beyoncé, although there was media speculation that it had been intended for Leona Lewis.
46. “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans, ft. 112
This funeral song by rapper Puff Daddy and singer Faith Evans, featuring R&B group 112, was written in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist (and Evans’ husband) Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, who was murdered on March 9, 1997.
Released in 1997, “I’ll Be Missing You” samples the Police’s 1983 hit song “Every Breath You Take” with an interpolated rhythm and chorus sung by Evans.
47. “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi
A slow, emotional ballad and a great funeral song, “Someone You Loved” was a commercial success, peaking at number one on the UK Singles Chart.
It was nominated for Song of the Year at the 62nd Grammy Awards and also received an award for Song of the Year at the 2020 Brit Awards.
As of 2021, it became the 5th most streamed song on Spotify with 2.3 billion streams!
48. “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan
“Angel” is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan.
The lyrics are about the death of Jonathan Melvoin (1961–1996), the Smashing Pumpkins’ touring keyboard player, from a heroin overdose, as McLachlan explained on VH1 Storytellers.
It is often mistitled as “In the Arms of an Angel” or “Arms of the Angel”, but either way it’s a beautiful funeral song for a loved one!
49. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
John Deacon wrote this song for and about his wife, making it the perfect ode to a loved one.
It is certified platinum by the RIAA in the US with over one million copies sold.
The funeral song received positive critical acclaim, with Cash Box saying that “the harmonies are smoothly designed to accentuate the hook of the chorus” and that “the beat is really good, on the edge of bubblegum, but still classy.”
50. “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran
In an interview with MTV, Sheeran revealed that the song is about his late grandmother.
He said “She was in a hospital near my house where I was making the album so I saw her quite a lot while making the album and she passed away while I was in the studio. So that’s my first reaction for anything that happens to me, good or bad, pick up a guitar.”
51. “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” by Carrie Underwood
“Don’t Forget to Remember Me” is a touching funeral song recorded by country music artist Carrie Underwood.
In the song, Underwood tells a story of good-bye when she is ready to leave home after graduating high school.
When she is ready to leave the house to move on with her life, her mother tells her not to forget her and Underwood has to learn the meaning of loss.
52. “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by The Intruders
“I’ll Always Love My Mama” is a 1973 funeral song by the Philly soul group The Intruders.
Released from their album Save the Children, the single is a song commonly played on Mother’s Day.
Written by Gamble & Huff and co-written by McFadden & Whitehead, the song reached number 6 on the R&B charts in the summer of 1973.
The song was inspired by Kenny Gamble’s mother, Ruby, who died in 2012.
53. “In My Life” by The Beatles
The lyrics of this funeral song were credited to Lennon–McCartney, who later disagreed over the extent of their contributions.
According to Lennon, it was his “first real major piece of work” because it was the first time he penned personal lyrics about his own life.
The original version was based on a bus route he used to take in Liverpool.
Lennon discarded this lyrical idea in favor of a more generalized meditation on his past.
Definitely one of the best Beatles’ songs.
54. “Mama, I’m Coming Home” by Ozzy Osbourne
A power ballad, this single is Osbourne’s only solo Top 40 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Two music videos were created; The first was a surreal video that Osbourne disliked because he felt the video’s plot did not match the song’s concept.
A second music video was then created, which augmented Osbourne’s interest.
Osbourne compared the effects in the second video to the hazy smoke effect seen in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
55. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban
“You Raise Me Up” is a song originally composed by the Norwegian-Irish duo Secret Garden.
After the song was performed early in 2002 by the Secret Garden and their invited lead singer, Brian Kennedy, the song only became a minor UK hit.
The song has been recorded by more than a hundred other artists including American songwriter Josh Groban in 2003, which was a hit.
56. “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” by U2
“Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” is a heartfelt funeral song by Irish rock band U2.
It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band’s sixth number-one single in the United Kingdom.
Originally titled “Tough”, the song is lyrically about the relationship between the band’s lead vocalist Bono and his father Bob Hewson, who died of cancer in 2001.
57. “Grandma’s Song” by Gail Davies
This funeral song was written and recorded by country music artist Gail Davies.
The song was written by Davies as a tribute to her grandmother, Frances Marion Whitten.
Davies features her grandmother’s singing voice at the beginning of the track, singing part of “The Fox Hunting Song”, a popular folk song.
It is said that she produced the session herself and recorded the rest of her third studio album, I’ll Be There, during one session!
58. “Grandma’s Hands” by Bill Withers
“Grandma’s Hands” is a heartfelt funeral song written by Bill Withers about his grandmother.
In his youth, Withers attended church with her, where she would sing and clap along with the hymns.
He later said: “It was spontaneous singing, there was nothing programmed. People got up and sang and everybody would join in. It was my favorite kind of singing.”
A central theme of the song is the protective and nurturing force of the hands.
59. “Fix You” by Coldplay
“Fix You” is a song by British rock band Coldplay.
It was written by all four members of the band for their third studio album, X&Y (2005).
The song was started by Chris Martin to comfort his then-wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who he met in late 2002 after her father died.
The hopeful message of the song, and its two-part acoustic/anthemic arrangement, was critically acclaimed and is a beautiful funeral song.
60. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
This is one of Marley’s most popular songs and has been covered by numerous other artists, becoming a hit worldwide.
The song is often thought to be named “Don’t Worry About a Thing” or “Every Little Thing is Gonna Be Alright”, because of the prominent and repeated use of these phrases in the chorus.
Either way, it’s a beautiful and uplifting funeral song and will bring a smile to your service!
61. “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum
“Spirit in the Sky” is a song by American singer-songwriter Norman Greenbaum, originally recorded and released in late 1969 from the album of the same name.
The single became a gold record, selling two million copies from 1969 to 1970, and reached number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
The song is also known for being one of the top one-hit wonders of all time and is a beautiful funeral song.
62. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa
“See You Again” is a song by American rapper and singer Wiz Khalifa, featuring fellow American singer and songwriter Charlie Puth.
It was commissioned for the soundtrack of the 2015 film Furious 7 as a tribute to actor Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle accident on November 30, 2013.
The song became both Khalifa’s and Puth’s biggest single to date, and is a truly beautiful ode to a loved one.
63. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross
This funeral song was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and became a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross.
The song became Ross’s first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance; this is a great uplifting funeral song.
64. “When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley
“When I Get Where I’m Going'” is a song written by George Teren and Rivers Rutherford, and recorded by American country music artist Brad Paisley.
It was released in October 2005 as the second single from his album Time Well Wasted and is his 14th career single (not counting album cuts).
The song features harmony vocals from Dolly Parton.
The song was Parton’s 25th Billboard No. 1, and Paisley’s fifth.
65. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
“Shape of You” is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.
The dancehall-infused pop song interpolates “No Scrubs” by TLC, and in 2018 it became the first song to hit 2 billion streams on Spotify.
It is currently the most streamed song on the service since 2017 when it surpassed “One Dance” by Drake as the most streamed song on Spotify.
Best Funeral Songs – Final Thoughts
Even if you didn’t find a song in this list that is right for you or your loved one, I truly hope that you gained some ideas for the perfect send off.
A funeral is personal, intimate, and loving, and I hope these memorial songs will help you to achieve that special touch.