04 September 2020

What would your funeral song be?

Thinking about your own funeral is difficult at the best of times, but making a playlist of funeral songs can put a smile on your face. In this guide, we take a look at the most popular funeral songs, plus some pointers on how funeral music can capture the spirit of the deceased and honour their life.


What would your funeral song be?

That was the question we asked a number of people – ‘which funeral song would you like to be played at your funeral?’ Of those we spoke to, we found that not only had most thought about it, but they had a very definite idea of what funeral exit songs they’d like people to hear. You can see some of their answers here, ranging from classics to some more unexpected choices.


What are the best funeral songs?

Everyone’s tastes are different, so what makes a good funeral song is very subjective. Traditionalists may prefer orchestral music, while those with modern tastes may plump for pop, rock or hip hop. And of course, there are some classic Elvis funeral songs for those who want to roll back the years. You should also consider whether you simply want music for the entrance of the coffin, or the funeral exit song, or both. But let’s take a look at some of the best funeral songs for different tastes:

Celebration of life funeral songs

If you’re looking for something uplifting to put a smile on people’s faces at a difficult time, Norman Greenbaum’s ‘Spirit In The Sky’ is a great choice. Originally recorded in 1969 but covered by many artists since, this psychedelic rock number deals with death but with a catchy gospel groove. Or for something short and sweet, ‘In My Life’ by The Beatles is a trip down memory lane for the ’60s generation, so it’s a good bet if you’re looking for funeral songs for mum or dad.

Classic funeral songs

If you want a certified classic, Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ is one of the most popular funeral songs for dads in particular. Alternatively, ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman is a timeless orchestral piece, and was originally a farewell song for boxer Henry Maske. And one of the more poignant funeral songs is Queen’s ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’, which celebrates the inevitability of death, but also everlasting love.

Modern funeral songs

Not everyone wants to play baby boomer classics when they depart, and there’s a growing list of modern funeral songs that have fast become favourites. Robbie Williams’ ‘Angels’, from 1997, has entered the canon of great funeral songs. A more recent classic is Green Day’s ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ from 2004, which singer Billie Joe Armstrong wrote following his father’s passing. And for a moving piano ballad, Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ from 2011 is a beautiful funeral song to consider.

Humorous funeral songs

If the departed had a mischievous sense of humour, ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’, written by Eric Idle for the legendary Monty Python comedy troupe, will raise a smile. And if they had a darkly comic sensibility, AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’ could raise the roof.

After you’ve chosen your funeral song

They say the best things in life are free, and the lovely thing about choosing funeral music is that it doesn’t cost you a penny. But of course, you’ll need to budget for other aspects of the day.

One simple option to help towards those costs is over 50s life insurance. Our Over 50s Fixed Life Insurance allows you to choose a premium that suits you, starting from just £5 a month, depending on your age. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you can leave a cash sum to your loved ones to help contribute towards your funeral costs, unpaid bills or even to enjoy as a small gift when you’re gone.


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