Most Popular Songs to Play at a Funeral

There’s a lot that goes into the funeral planning process, in addition to securing funeral financing and figuring out whether cremation or burial is right for a loved one. But one aspect of the funeral service process that many people might neglect is the music. The appropriate music can set the tone for an unforgettable funeral that perfectly reflects the personality of the deceased and conjures up happy memories of your loved one.

When it comes to funeral services, some songs are more popular than others. Here are a look at the most used ones.

Most Popular Funeral Songs

“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler

Of course, this song is used at funerals, as it’s from Beaches, a movie about friendship and death. Even though it’s overplayed, there’s a reason it still holds up; it gets to the heart of what it means to have a friend (“Thank you/Thank you/Thank God for you/The wind beneath my wings”).

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

All it takes is a ukulele and a classic song (and of course a beautiful voice) to make this a perfect sign-off song. Also give Eva Cassidy’s “Over the Rainbow” a listen.

“Amazing Grace” by Various Artists

Everyone from Elvis to Alan Jackson have covered this song. Sometimes the best version, though, is just the one on a piano, violin, or even bagpipes.

“My Way” by Frank Sinatra

“And now/the end is near/And so I face/the final curtain.” This song of reflection, looking back on the past, is an extremely popular funeral song.

“Time to Say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

This song has been covered many times before, but it’s this version that everyone goes to.

“Angel” by Sarah McLachlan

It’s a beautiful, haunting piece that may conjure up images of dogs and cats in ASPCA commercials (since it’s frequently heard in that ad).

“Ava Maria” by Various Artists

This song is almost always sung, played, or performed at funerals, for its angelic melody and light-as-air quality. Some beautiful versions include ones from Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Luciano Pavarotti.

Whatever song or songs you want to be played at your loved one’s funeral, Funeral Help is happy to help you with funeral loans from $1,000 to up to $10,000. To get started, let Funeral Help know how much you might need in expenses. After you submit your online application, we’ll give you an instant decision. Upon accepting the decision, we will instantly fund the funeral costs to you by working with the funeral home of your choosing.

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