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Funeral Hymn's and Songs

Funeral Hymn's and Songs

Popular Hymn's

Abide With Me

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Amazing Grace

Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord

Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind

Eternal Father, Strong To Save

Give Me Joy In My Heart

Guide Me Oh Thou Great Redeemer

How Great Thou Art

I Vow To Thee My Country

I Watch The Sunrise

Lord of all hopefulness

Love Divine All Loves Excelling

Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

Morning Has Broken

Nearer My God To Thee

Old Rugged Cross

Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven

The Day Thou Gavest

The Lord’s My Shepherd

Thine Be The Glory

Our Guide To The Most Popular Funeral Songs

It is sometimes quite hard to find the appropriate songs for a loved one’s funeral. Sometimes they have had a favourite artist or a favourite song and have made this an easier task for you. Sometimes you need to think what they would have liked – poignant, happy or their favourite theme tune from a TV programme.

Choosing funeral songs that mean something to your family can be very challenging. In times gone by there wasn’t really a choice. If you were going into church the organist would play, now it’s more likely to be songs like the ones listed below.

Please use these songs as inspiration

Poignant
Happy
For Mum
For Dad
For a friend
TV themes
Poignant
  • 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
Happy
  • 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
For Mum
  • Like a River - Carly Simon
  • You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban
  • Mama - Il Divo
  • Goodbye’s the Saddest Word - Celine Dion
  • One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
For Dad
  • Thank You for Being My Dad - Jon Barker
  • In the Living Years - Mike & the Mechanics
  • My Father’s Eyes - Eric Clapton
  • Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
  • Hero – Mariah Carey
For a friend
  • Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds
  • Stand By Me – Ben E King
  • Smile – Nat King Cole
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone – Judy Garland / Gerry and the Pacemakers
  • Perfect Day – Lou Reed
TV themes

A different take on a funeral song

If you can’t find an appropriate song, why not the theme tune from their favourite TV show? For footy fans there’s ‘Match of the Day’ and for daytime telly addicts, how about the ‘Countdown’ clock music?

TV themes popular as funeral songs

  • Only Fools and Horses
  • Coronation Street
  • Match of the Day
  • Great British Bake Off
  • Test Match Special - Booker T & the MGs ‘Soul Limbo’
To Reassure
Classical
Popular
Funny
Modern
Unusual
Favourites
To Reassure

Perhaps the most touching song choices are those made by the deceased in their lifetime - songs they hoped would reassure and comfort the loved ones they left behind.

  • We’ll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
  • I’ll See You Again – Westlife
  • You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson
  • Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
  • Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
Classical
  • Ave Maria – Schubert
  • Nessum Dorma – Puccini
  • Amazing Grace – Various artists
  • Pie Jesu – Faure
  • Song for Athene – Sir John Tavener
Popular

Times have changed. It’s now more acceptable to have a mix of funeral hymns and popular music at a religious funeral service.

  • Abide With Me
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • The Lord’s My Shepherd
  • Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Funny

Good funeral songs for a last laugh

Choosing songs for your funeral can be a great way to make everyone smile and have the last laugh (literally). Rumour has it a schoolmistress known for her strict ways chose the song ‘Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead’ as her parting shot!

  • Highway to Hell – ACDC
  • I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – Bon Jovi
  • Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
  • Ding Dong the Witch is Dead – From Wizard of Oz
  • Going Underground – The Jam
Modern

Modern song choices follow trends

Every year the latest pop songs join the ranks of popular funeral songs. Some come and go quickly with changing trends. Others like Robbie Williams’ ‘Angels’ become a favourite almost instantly and remain popular.

  • Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
  • Lay Me Down - Sam Smith
  • Someone Like You - Adele
  • My Immortal – Evanescence
Unusual
  • Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum/Doctor and the Medics
  • Dancing Queen - Abba
  • We Are the Champions – Queen
  • Celebration – Kool and the Gang
  • I’m Still Standing – Elton John
Favourites

5 all-time favourites

  • 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