Traditionally funeral music has been classical and sombre. These days it’s more usual to choose a song that meant a lot to the deceased, either a favourite song, or something containing lyrics that are meaningful to close family.

We have a selection here of some of the most popular modern music for funerals nowadays.


Below are 10 alternative choices

1 My Way

Frank Sinatra

2 Time to Say Goodbye

Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

3 Wind Beneath My Wings

Bette Midler

4 Over the Rainbow

Eva Cassidy

5 Angels

Robbie Williams

6 In My Life

The Beatles

7 You Raise Me Up


8 Time after Time

Cyndi Lauper

9 My Heart Will go On

Celine Dion

10 You’ll Never Walk Alone

Gerry and the Pacemakers

10 Popular Alternative Choices

Sometimes a song can really reflect the humour and personality of the person being celebrated.  Here are 10 popular alternative songs that can lift the mood of a funeral and remind everyone of the joy that they shared together.

This is particularly true when the deceased has chosen the song themselves, knowing that their friends and loved ones can join together with them, and smile and laugh one last time.

1 Always Look on the Brightside of Life

Monty Python

2 Cabaret

Liza Minelli

3 Wish Me Luck

Gracie Fields

4 My Way

Sid Vicious

5 They’re Coming to Take Me Away

Napoleon XIV

6 Fame

Irene Cara

7 We Gotta Get Outta This Place

The Animals

8 Going Underground

The Jam

9 Spirit in the Sky

Dr and the Medics

10  Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)

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