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Funeral Song Genres

funeral.songs.jpgIt is customary to place funeral songs within your printed material keepsakes such as the funeral service programs. We have compiled a list of our favorite collection of funeral songs. If you want to see the lyrics for these songs, you can easily find them online by searching the name of the song. You may also be able to hear by searching YouTube. We have listed the following songs in a styles or genres format.

It is always appropriate to play some sort of music in a funeral or memorial ceremony. It can add to the overall theme or mood of the service and has been known to soothe a mourning spirit. Always try and select songs that were favorites to the deceased or held some sort of meaning to them. In this way, you will personalize the service in a way that is a nice tribute to them.

Funeral songs do not necessarily have to be spiritual in nature or even labeled as a "funeral song". It certainly can be from any type of music selection from Classical to Rock 'n Roll. At my Aunt's funeral service, they played Elvis Presley's music intermittently through the service. It was very appropriate because she was a big Elvis fan all her life. It was an extension of who she was and it was very appropriate.

So although it may not seem like an appropriate song at first, consider whether or not it had some meaning. There are some songs that we hear that bring our memories back to whatever event or person it reminds us of. Music can do that to people and often the choice of funerla songs will bring back happy and cherished memories to the bereaved family.  You can purchase them online via iTunes if you would like to create a CD of a variety of songs.

There are even funeral music CDs that are instrumental that would serve as a good background music for prelude and postlude in the ceremony.  Almost all of the songs below are searchable online and you will be able to hear them. Make a list of songs that your loved one enjoyed listening to and then consider incorporating it into the service.

Funeral Song Titles

Agnus Dei, Choral Evensong for Ascension Day, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, I Know My Redeemer Liveth, Pie Jesu, Requiem, Johann Sebastian Bach’s organ pieces, The Lord’s Prayer, The Twenty-Third Psalm, When I’m Laid in Earth, St. Matthew Passion, Beethoven Symphony No, 7

Traditional Folk Songs:
Amazing Grace, Flowers of the Forest, Greensleeves, Scotland the Brave, Simple Gifts

All My Friends, Bridge over Troubled Water, Crying in the Chapel, Everything Happens for a Reason, Funeral for a Friend, Goodbye My Friend, Go Rest High on The Mountain, I’ll Go to My Grave Loving You, I’ll Remember You, In This Life, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, The Last Song, Last Train Home, Life Is Too Short, A Little Fall of Rain, Morning Has Broken, Stairway to Heaven, Tears in Heaven, You’ve Got a Friend


Climb Every Mountain, Dream a Little Dream of Me, Harbour Lights, The Impossible Dream, Somewhere, Sunrise Sunset, You’ll Never Walk Along, Red Sails in the Sunset

Going Home, Light of Day, Precious Lord, Soon I Will Be Done with the Troubles of This World

Caravan, Come Sunday, Don’t Get Around Much Any More, God Bless the Child, I’ll Be Seeing You, My Way, When the Saints Go Marching In

Abide with Me, Beautiful Savior, Because He Lives, Come Ye Disconsolate, How Great Thou Art, I Am the Bread of Life, Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Nearer My God to Thee, O God Our Help in Agest Past, Old Rugged Cross, On Eagele’s Wings, Peace in the Valley, The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done, Shall We Gather by the River  

Gospel Music Artists:

Vanessa Belle Armstrong, Helen Baylor, Shirley Cesar, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, Rev. James Cleveland, The Five Blind Boys, Rev. Edwin Hawkings, Tramaine Hawkins, Cissy Houston, Mahalia Jackson, The Jackson Southernaires, Rev. John P. Kee, Bobbie Mason, Hezekiah Walker, Richard Smallwood, Dorothy Norwood

Don't forget to visit our Online Superstore for the largest selection of funeral service programs. Use them to place funeral song lyrics and the order of service information.