This may sound morbid, but I was listening to a song today and thought to myself “This would be perfect to play at a funeral”. I don’t feel like Funeral songs should be generally “Sad” or “Depressing” always. I would enjoy songs played at my Funeral to Have a generally positive outlook, but somewhat subdued. I think these next fifteen songs achieve just that!
Here are the fifteen songs I would love played at my funeral, starting at fifteen.
15. Travilin’ Thru – Dolly Parton
The song that should have won the Oscar a few years back, was created for the movie Transamerica (great movie), but I feel the song just has such a wonderful message. If you Don’t wanna listen to the whole thing, start at 3:30 for a part that will give you goosebumps from the amazing Dolly Parton
14. Keep Breathing – Ingrid Michaelson
One of my favourite Artists today, and I was introduced to her through this song, which was played during an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Enjoy.
13. Like A Star – Corinne Bailey Rae
I heard this song quite a while ago, and then about a year ago I heard it again, downloaded it and it has hundreds of plays as of now. It’s an amazing song, Sung by a girl whose voice is almost as beautiful as Adele’s
12. Helpless – K.D. Lang
Yes, I know this song was originally Neil Young’s, but this version suits the theme better for me. This is the Live version below.
11. Home – Foo Fighters
Maybe one of the more depressing songs on here, but you can’t doubt the sheer talent of the Foo Fighters.
10. Shelter – Ray Lamontagne
A tad more upbeat than the last song, Ray Lamontagne’s voice is exquisite, and the chorus is haunting.
9. There’ll be Peace in The Valley – Elvis Presley
Who doesn’t love Elvis’ sweet and tender voice, and this song, which is no stranger to Funerals, sure does showcase it.
8. I Want To Hold Your Hand – Chris Colfer/ Kurt from Glee
Another cover, Which I enjoy better than the original, is from Glee. Don’t make fun, this song is amazingly beautiful and wonderful. I included the clip from the episode so you have something to watch while enjoying the song, but there is a longer version.
7. Kiss Goodbye – Little Big Town
Yea, This song is not exactly about a death, but it just works amazingly.
6. Where The Road Meets The Sun – Katie Herzig & Matthew Perryman Jones
I was introduced to this song through the movie “The Greatest” starring Carrie Mulligan, Pierce Brosnan, & Susan Surandon (great movie). The movie, and the song, are both about death, and I just love this song.
5. Beautiful Goodbye – Josh Kelley
Okay, so You might recognize this as the song that played during Oprah’s final show, and that is where I first heard it, but the lyrics and his voice are just beautiful.
4. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Johnny Cash version
Any version of this song will work, but The Man In Blacks version is the best in my eyes (or ears).
3. Believe – Brooks & Dunn
Probably one of my favourite songs ever, is also a song that talks about life and death.
2. Life & Death – Michael Giacchino – Lost Soundtrack
Although almost every song could be used at a Funeral, because it is so uplifting and heartbreaking, this is some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. I love this and always will. If you like it, also listen to “theres no place like home” by Michael Giacchino
NUMBER ONE IS…
1. The Rainbow Connection – Kermit The Frog
Is this silly? Maybe! But I love the muppets, and this song is so uplifting, and sweet that it just works and would love to hear it at my funeral. I will also include the Sarah Mclachlan version as the second link below, because it’s good too.
Kermit version – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSFLZ-MzIhM
Sarah Mclachlan version – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAEoPKwBJfo