Choosing the music for a funeral

May 23, 2022 

Saying goodbye to a loved one is emotional. For many families they want to make a difficult day more personal and focus on the joy the individual brought into their lives.

The choice of funeral music is a good way of bringing personality into the service. It’s a lovely way to add something meaningful to the funeral proceedings and you can choose a song that reflects your loved one. 

If you’re struggling for ideas, we’ve written a list below of some popular funeral songs that may help:

Your loved one’s favourite song 

An easy way of choosing the best and most fitting funeral song is by picking a favourite song of your loved one. It doesn’t matter if it’s not a traditional funeral song – what matters is that it represents the person who has passed. Lots of people at the funeral will most likely know it was their favourite song, and you’ll be able to see lots of smiles as they think about them. 

If you aren’t sure what their favourite song was, look through their music collection. You could end up getting some inspiration or find something that looks well played. If they didn’t have a favourite song, maybe play a TV theme tune, or a song from a musical. 

Popular funeral songs 

When arranging a funeral, you’ll have full control over what music you would like to play. It can be songs that are uplifting, something classical or maybe even something softer. Here are some of the most popular funeral songs:

  • You’ll never walk alone – Gary and The Pacemakers 
  • My way – Frank Sinatra 
  • Always look on the bright side of life – Eric Idle 
  • Supermarket flowers – Ed Sheeran 
  • The chain – Fleetwood Mac 
  • Somewhere over the rainbow – Eva Cassidy 
  • This is me – The Greatest Showman 
  • Wind beneath my wings – Bette Middler 
  • Angels – Robbie Williams 
  • Let it be – The Beatles 
  • The best – Tina Turner 
  • A thousand years – Christina Perri
  • Time to Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

Soothing and peaceful music ideas 

  • I’ll see you again – Westlife 
  • You are not alone – Michael Jackson 
  • We’ll meet again – Vera Lynn

Classical music ideas 

  • Adagio – Albinoni 
  • Ave Maria – Schubert 
  • Canon in D – Paachelbel

Happy and uplifting music ideas

  • Ain’t no mountain high enough – Marvin Gaye 
  • Spirit in the sky – Norman Greenbaum 
  • Three little birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers

Popular funeral songs from TV and film

Always look on the bright side of life 

Humour is something that can change the feel of the funeral. If the person was a Monty Python fan, this tune is a great message that although the day is sad, memories will never be forgotten. 

The Great British Bake-Off

Were they a fan of baking and Mary Berry? Why not go for a classic and play the introduction to the Bake-Off. Everyone will recognise it and it’s sure to bring a smile to their faces. 

Only Fools and Horses 

If they were a fan of Rodney, Del Boy or Trigger, think about including the music from this classic sitcom as part of the service. 

Match of the day 

For those football fans, what better way to celebrate their passion than by playing match of the day theme tune. 

Arranging your funeral with One Life 

If you’re looking to arrange a funeral for your loved one, or are planning your own for the future speak to our team. You can find more information about planning ahead on our help and support section

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