What Songs Should I Play At A Memorial Service?

Have you ever wondered what music you should select for your own funeral? Choosing a full playlist or even a song on behalf of a loved one can be a challenging task, especially if they did not make their wishes known beforehand. Selecting the right tune will ultimately set the mood for any funeral or memorial service and can go a long way in helping truly celebrate the life of your loved one.

Simple Cremation provides online cremation services catered to individuals who seek affordable cremation services in their area. Our caring team of cremation experts can connect with you directly to ensure a dignified and simple service, no matter where you are. If you are looking for the best way to honor a loved one through music, we have provided a few popular song suggestions below.

Choosing Songs Based On Personality

Music preferences are highly personal. While playing music is a means of expressing yourself, most people find that their listening preferences are inspired by the highs and lows they face in their own life. So when selecting music, think about the person you are remembering. Did they have a preferred style, such as rock, pop, or country? Did they play an instrument or have a favorite song? If traditional choices do not work for your situation, you can get creative and choose songs with significance to them.

The playlist you choose should be based on several factors, such as the overall mood of the service. For a celebration of life, you may want to find something more uplifting and positive. During a traditional memorial, many families like to choose religious hymns, classical overtures, and simple instrumentals. Since there is no one-size-fits-all solution, music can also be customized depending on your own taste.

Top Song Suggestions

To get you started, here is a list of some of the most popular songs played at funerals and memorial services today, in no particular order:

To Where You Are – Josh Groban

Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo

Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton

Amazing Grace – LeAnn Rimes

The Old Rugged Cross – Alan Jackson

Have I Told You Lately – Barry Manilow

Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

It Is Well With My Soul – Bill Gaither Trio

One Sweet Day – Boyz II Men & Mariah Carey

When I Get Where I’m Going – Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton

See You Again – Carrie Underwood

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan

The Prayer – Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli

You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Elton John

In My Life - The Beatles

One More Day – Diamond Rio

Ave Maria – Perry Como

There You’ll Be – Faith Hill

My Wish – Rascal Flatts

I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan

Holes In The Floor Of Heaven – Steve Wariner

You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

Send In The Clowns – Judy Collins

Who You’d Be Today – Kenny Chesney

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

I’m Already There – Lonestar

I Can Only Imagine – MercyMe

Unforgettable – Nat “King” Cole & Natalie Cole

Mama, I’m Coming Home – Ozzy Osbourne

You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

Purple Rain – Prince & The Revolution

See You Again – Wiz Khalifa

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Simple Cremation Online

Following cremation, we can help you plan the memorial service around your music selection. Most like to play songs softly in the background or feature music as part of the service. Some even have a member of the family play an instrument or sing in memory of the deceased. Either way, music is an excellent way to express yourselves when in mourning.

If you would like to learn more about memorial service planning, funeral planning, or cremation, turn to the compassionate staff at Simple Cremation. Our online service makes it easy to plan everything from the convenience of your home. We also offer live support as needed to make sure you have a smooth experience. Reach out today to learn more.


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