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Personalised funerals - how to be creative with funeral music options



The music you choose to play at a funeral can say much about the person you are remembering. Don’t feel you have to opt for traditional music if it doesn’t reflect your loved one, instead let us inspire you to make a personal choice.

While funerals are, of course, a sombre and sad time for everyone involved, they are also a celebration of a person’s life. The very best way to do that is to ensure that what happens at the funeral reflects the person’s spirit and personality.

When thinking about the music you would like played at a funeral, you may find that some of the more traditional hymns and ballads which many of us associate with a memorial service don’t reflect the deceased’s interests and tastes. As such, contemporary music is becoming an increasingly popular choice.

To help you decide which songs you might like to pick, we have looked at some of the most popular songs played at funerals in the past few years within different genres of music.

Contemporary Pop

As some of the most popular music around, it is not surprising that many people like to include pop songs that they associate with their loved one, or which the person might have owned. Popular songs are a great choice if you are comfortable with hearing the song again often. Whenever they hear the song played in public or on the radio, many people take great comfort in remembering their loved one.

Some of the most popular contemporary songs are:

  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Wiz Khalifa – See you again
  • Adele – Hello


If the person you are remembering would not listen to a song which did not feature an electric guitar and a strong drum beat then it is only right that the music at their funeral should match. Rock music is increasingly popular at funerals and ideal if the person had a good sense of humour. Some of the most popular rock songs played at funerals in the past few years have some of the most ironic titles given the occasion. They include:

  • Led Zeppelin – Stairways to Heaven
  • Meatloaf – Bat out of Hell
  • Queen – Another one bites the dust


With its emotive lyrics and storytelling qualities, country music is a wonderful addition to a funeral. Songs can be highly personal and perhaps say a lot of the things that you may not feel you can actually put into words yourself.

Some of the most popular country songs are:

  • Dolly Parton – I will always love you
  • Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers – Island in the stream
  • Eva Cassidy – Somewhere over the rainbow


For someone who appreciated a laidback sound with wonderful instrumentals and melodic vocals, jazz is a good genre to choose from. Like country, you will find many jazz records have emotive lyrics which can evoke fond memories.

Popular jazz songs include:

  • Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world
  • Nat King Cole – Smile
  • Frank Sinatra – Fly me to the moon

Other choices

If you want to make a funeral as personal as possible, your music choices are limitless. Some people choose to play music such as TV or sports show theme tunes – like the Coronation Street theme or the introduction to Match of the Day. While it might seem unorthodox, if the person you are remembering was a big fan, it is likely to lead to smiles from the congregation gathered.


We know that planning a funeral can be very difficult, with music being only one of the many choices and decisions that you will need to make. A funeral plan can make this process simple as a funeral director can help you make all the arrangements.

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