The right song or instrumental can express a depth of emotion that people find difficult to convey through words. This is why music has long been an integral part of a funeral service. Click here to jump straight to our funeral song playlists.
Whether it's a hymn, a moving symphony, or a cheerful ditty, the music you select for the funeral service will set the tone and help family and friends to reflect on the life that's being commemorated.
Music brings people together
Even if people are not familiar with the song being played, music can help to create a sense of unity among mourners and provide a common emotional experience.
Music offers comfort
The right music can provide a great deal of comfort to those who are grieving. Hearing a song that reminds them of their friend or loved one can help to soothe and provide comfort.
Music personalises the service
Music often represents people's character. Depending on the circumstances of the funeral you could choose to play a humourous song because that was the nature of the person in life.
A well-planned funeral playlist can move people from sadness to reflection and then hope. You could consider a format like this:
As friends and family arrive: Play your loved one’s favourite song or a song from their younger years. This will immediately help people to connect with memories of the person they are commemorating.
During a photo presentation: Again, you could choose a favourite song alternatively, select a soothing piece of music that encourages reflection.
At the conclusion of the service: If you would like people to leave with a sense of hope, now would be the time to play a song that is moving but upbeat.
Best Funeral Song Playlists
We have created hundreds of funeral song playlists for families over the years and people often ask us for recommendations. To make sampling and selecting songs easier, we created several Spotify playlists.
Most Popular Funeral Songs
These are the songs that have been requested most often in the past few years.
Modern Funeral Songs
Meaningful, modern and moving - these are songs that appeal to multiple generations.
Popular Church Funeral Songs
Ranging from sombre and reflective to joyful and uplifitng, these songs are perfect way to remember your loved one.
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Uplifting and Celebration of Life Funeral Songs
Funny Funeral Songs
Most Requested Artists for Funeral Songs