What are the Top 20 songs for a funeral? 

Music is a beautiful way of making any service memorable and special. Live music can create the right atmosphere, whether it’s a joyous, happy celebration of life, or a more solemn and respectful occasion. 

When should there be music during a funeral?

Funeral services are often held either in a church, or with a celebrant. These are the appropriate moments during the service, when music can be played:

  • Entry Music
  • A Piece of Music During Reflection
  • Hymns (for church services) 
  • Ending and Exit of the Service 

How do I choose the right music for a funeral? 

Although this may seem like a daunting task, choosing music often brings family together and provides the time to laugh, cry and share memories. 

Sometimes, a loved one may have left a special music request they would like to be played, but often this is not the case. The best place to start, is to look at music they enjoyed listening to, whether it’s by browsing through a vinyl or CD collection, or a digital playlist. 

Music can be a reflection of the person’s life and can represent how they would like to be remembered. 

One of the most important parts of choosing music, is to think of the type of atmosphere you would like to create. Is it a day of celebration, or an event of remembrance? 

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What are the Top 20 songs for a funeral? 

Music choices can be very personal, but if you are struggling to find the right piece, why not have a look at these carefully selected suggestions. 

1. Time to Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli


2. Monsters – James Blunt 


3. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley 


4. Halo – Beyoncé 


5. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye – Train 


6. Wherever You Will Go 


7. Supermarket Flowers – Ed Sheeran 


8. Ave Maria – Schubert

9. Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi


10. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion 


11. Diamonds – Rihanna 


12. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross


13. Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy 


14. I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton 


15. Only Time – Enya 


16. In the Arms of An Angel – Sarah MsLachlan 


17. Candle in the Wind – Elton John 


18. Forever Young – Rod Stewart 


19. Someone Like You – Adele


20. We All Have – Julia Stone