Top Ten Funeral Songs


Published: 02/12/2011

by FHR Staff


Planning a funeral to honor your departed loved one can be a struggle during the aftermath of a very difficult time. Planning the music selection is a challenge, but a rewarding one if you choose songs that capture the essence of your loved one's personality. Bring some beauty to an otherwise difficult day with these 10 most popular funeral songs:

1. Amazing Grace. Many beautiful versions of this song have been recorded over the years and it is not a difficult arrangement for most solo musicians to play and sing. Amazing Grace is the most requested of all funeral songs.

2. Pie Jesu Requiem. This is a beautiful classical piece, with lyrics in Latin. It is common to hear at Catholic, Episcopalian, and Orthodox funerals, but is appropriate for nearly any Christian faith service.

3. Time to Say Goodbye. (Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli) Not just for opera lovers, this piece with lyrics in Italian and English is a lovely, uplifting recording with a European, classical flair.

4. Wind Beneath My Wings. (Bette Midler, others) A song about enduring love, friendship, and support, this is an excellent choice for the funeral of a parent. Midler sang the most popular version, but there are many other versions recorded by a wide variety of artists. This song is considered the most popular of all modern funeral songs. It is a popular request for live musicians and sheet music is widely available.

5. Yesterday. (The Beatles, others) Although the original version featured a simple string quartet and one vocalist, this song also works well as a piano arrangement or an "a capella" (vocals-only) piece.

6. Ave Maria. This is a challenging piece for a talented solo vocalist but there are numerous well-known recordings.

7. How Great Thou Art. (Elvis Presley, others) Originally based on a Swedish poem by Carl Gustav Boberg, this song has a beautiful message about the circle of life.