With so many choices available, turning to traditional songs for funerals can make things less stressful.
What we define as traditional songs for funerals are those pieces that don’t easily fall into categories such as classical and spiritual. These songs might be those described as being part of the great American songbook or they may be referred to simply as “classics”. They are familiar to most of us and almost always evoke some type of memory. Traditional songs for funerals are not just popular for memorializing a loved one, they are timeless classics that have been recorded dozens of times. As such, you have many choices of versions to select. Amazing Grace, for example, has been covered dozens of time–from instrumental to chorale. The version you select is entirely up to you.
Be sure to look through all the lists we have provided when you are designing your service. You might be surprised by how many songs you had forgotten. And remember, there are no rules for selecting funeral music. As long as you choose music that is respectful and honors the person you are memorializing you can design the perfect soundtrack.
Top 13 Most Popular Traditional Songs for Funerals
|A Blossom Fell|
Nat King Cole
|Someone to Watch Over Me|
|All things Bright and Beautiful|
|Somewhere Over the Rainbow|
|America the Beautiful|
U.S. Army Field Band & Soldier’s Chorus
|Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World|
|Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year|
|The Last Words You Said|
|Beyond the Sea|
|They Can’t Take That Away from Me|
|Beyond The Sunset (Should You Go First)|
|Those Were the Days|
|I’ll Be Seeing You|
|Till There Was You|
|I’ll Remember April|
|Time to Say Goodbye|
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
|It Was A Very Good Year|
|Times of Your Life|
Nat King Cole
|On Eagle Wings|
|When the Saints Go Marching In|
As with any other music you select, you must follow copyright law when playing traditional songs for funerals and the rules for music that is piped in may be different than for that used in a slide show or video. Most funeral homes have arrangements with the top music licensing agencies and can legally provide you with music from the above lists, but be sure to talk with your funeral director to ensure that you can legally use the songs before making your final choices.