20 Best Funeral Songs and Memorial Songs

Music for a funeral service can be used for many reasons. For one, the act of playing music for a community can quite literally break an uncomfortable silence or help provide a distraction from people’s thoughts and grief. More often, funeral songs can help a community grieve together and allow for the sharing of ideas, thoughts, and feelings that only music can bring.

When it comes to picking funeral songs or memorial songs, there are a variety of genres that you can choose from. Whether you’re looking for something from a prominent country singer like Garth Brooks or Carrie Underwood, or a timeless classic like Mariah Carey or Luther Vandross, there are countless of funeral songs that can be used to help commemorate a loved one.

As with every other aspect of the funeral services, it’s best to find a funeral song that is personal to the bereaved, friends, and family or perhaps a memorial song by a singer or band that was a particular favorite of the loved one. That being said, when it comes to funeral songs, there are many to choose from that can make for the right mood for a funeral service.

Here are 20 of the most popular funeral songs that you can use for a memorial service for a loved one:

20. “Bye Bye” by Mariah Carey

Genre: R&B, Hip-Hop

19. “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle

Genre: Pop, Christian

18. “Nightingale” by Demi Lovato

Genre: Pop

17. “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” by Alicia Keys

Genre: R&B

16. “Sad Song” by We The Kings featuring Elena Coats

Genre: Pop

15. “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth

Genre: Pop

14. “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith

Genre: Pop

13. “Hello” by Adele

Genre: Pop

12. “God’s Will” by Martina McBride

Genre: Country

11. “River Of Tears” by Alessia Cara

Genre: Pop

10. “Well Done” by Deitrick Haddon

Genre: Soul, Gospel

9. “A Mother’s Prayer” by K. Michelle

Genre: R&B, Soul

8. “Purpose” by Justin Bieber

Genre: Pop

7. “Drink A Beer” by Luke Bryan

Genre: Country

6. “Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton

Genre: Country

5. “Hold Back The River” by James Bay

Genre: Folk Rock, Soul

4. “Let Her Go” by Passenger

Genre: Folk Rock, Indie Rock

3. “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross

Genre: Pop

2. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Genre: Pop, Rap

1. “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton

Genre: Soft Rock

February 2018