Funeral Music & Songs

Funeral songs play a major part in a funeral service. Changing trends in funeral music from hymns to contemporary songs is a good example of this. Whether it’s a tear-jerker, rock anthem, upbeat or quirky song, demand for this type of funeral music is increasing.

What are good funeral songs?

Chosen carefully, the right funeral song can be a personal reminder to family and friends of happy times but with so many different songs to choose from, where do you start? To help, here is a list of the UK’s top 10 funeral songs, classical pieces and more unusual options.

In this section you will find the results of a recent survey conducted by The Co-operative Funeralcare showing some of the most popular pieces of funeral songs and funeral music. This includes:

  • Top 10 Funeral Songs
  • Top 10 Classical Funeral Music

Top 10 Funeral Songs

  • My Way - Frank Sinatra / Shirley Bassey
  • Time to Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
  • Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
  • Over the Rainbow - Eva Cassidy
  • Angels - Robbie Williams
  • You Raise Me Up - Westlife / Boyzone / Josh Grobin
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone - Gerry and the Pacemakers
  • We’ll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
  • My Heart Will Go - On Celine Dion
  • Unforgettable - Nat King Cole

Top 10 Classical Funeral Songs

  • Nimrod from Enigma Variations - Elgar
  • Canon in D - Pachelbel
  • Ave Maria - Schubert
  • Nessun Dorma - Puccini
  • Pie Jesu from Requiem - Faure
  • The Four Seasons - Vivaldi
  • Adagio - Albinoni / Bizet
  • Air on a G String - Bach
  • Largo from Xerxes - Handel
  • Clare de Lune - Debussy

Top Unusual Funeral Songs

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Eric Idle
  • Ying Tong Song Spike Milligan
  • Bat Out of Hell Meatloaf
  • Spirit in the Sky Doctor and the Medics
  • Match of the Day TV Theme
  • One Foot in the Grave TV Theme
  • TV Countdown music
  • Last of the Summer Wine TV Theme
  • Dr Who TV Theme
  • Top Gear TV Theme
  • The X Files TV Theme
  • Red Dwarf TV Theme
  • Six Feet Under TV Theme
  • The Muppets ‘It’s Time to Face the Music’ TV Theme

Rock & Modern Songs

  • Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  • Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
  • Who wants to live forever - Queen
  • Highway to Hell - AC/DC
  • Lay me down - Sam Smith
  • Another one bites the dust - Queen
  • Knocking on heavens door
  • My Immortal - Evanescence
  • Halo - Beyonce
  • I'll be missing you - P Diddy
  • Wonderwall - Oasis
  • Yellow - Coldplay
  • One day like this - Elbow 

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