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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 create the right tone for a funeral service.

There is no right or wrong song to play at a funeral. You should think about which funeral songs feel right to you and your family members, as songs can be a powerful factor when processing grief. Don't be shy about asking others for their feedback about potential funeral songs.

Many people also like to create memorial websites, where they can easily share funeral information with friends and family members and collect photos and stories.

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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

If you're planning a funeral, consider creating a free memorial website to share information with friends and family:

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February 2018