Top Picks for Funeral Songs

How will a funeral service be without great music that will help all of the mourners celebrate the live of a loved one? Bid goodbye to the conventional bag pipes during a funeral, here are some top picks for funeral songs to say goodbye to our loved one in the most perfect way:

  1. Satisfied Mind by Jeff Buckley

The song was written by Joe “Red” Hayes and Jack Rhodes. Hayes revealed how the song came about in an interview. He said it came from his mother. The lyrics of the song is what he heard his mom telling him through the years. He gave his all to the song before he came up with the title. One day, his father-in-law asked me who he thought was the richest man in the world. He mentioned a few names. His father-in-law said that he hwas wrong, it was the man with a satisfied mind.

This song will not only help you emulate the life lived, but it will also inpire you to live a life based on love and not on material things.

2. You Can Close Your Eyes by James Taylor

It was written by James Taylor. It was first released back in 1971 on his first album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. It was also released on the B-Side to his number 1 single, You’ve Got a Friend. In a number of times, it was described as a lullaby.

Taylor considers this song as a secular hymn Hence, it has received positive reviews. An author named Dave Thompson thought it was one of the best songs Taylor had written up to that point. Bill Janovitz from Allmusic characterized it as “beautiful lullaby”. Ben Gerson from Rolling Stone Magazine calls it an “exquisite lullaby”.

This song is everything you would ever want from a funeral song. It is soft and acoustic. It is also inspiriting and gracious.

3. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton

This song was written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings. This was a soundtrack for the movie, Rush. It was about the pain and loss that Clapton felt when his four-year-old son, Conor, died. When Clapton was interviewd by Sue Lawley in 1992, Clapton said that he really wrote it for the movie. However, a part of him was still reflecting about his son.

4. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson

When mourning, we can always use a little humor to lift us all up.

This is a single from Willie Nelson’s 2012 album, Heroes.

It was written by Willie Nelson, Rich Alves, Buddy Cannon, John Colgin and Mike Mcquerry. It also presents the voices of Snoop Dogg, Jamey Johnson and Kris Kristofferson.

5. Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die) by Joe Diffie

It is a song written by Rick Blaycock, Howard Perdew and Kurt Phillips. As a second single from his album Honky Tonk Attitude, it was released in July 1993. It became number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart.

The song starts at a slow pace guided by the piano. Then there isa a narrator expounding that he is not afraid to die. However, he still wants to be hmself after he dies. Afterwards, the tempo raises. The narrator then expanded that should he die, he wants his body placed adjacent to a jukebox. As a result, he will still feel like he is in a familiar place.

This song will also guarantee to get everyone to talk about the good old times during the funeral. It is inspirative and soothing. After all, Joe Diffie’s voice is unbeatable.

6. Come Away with Me by Norah Jones

It is a song written by Norah Jones for her debut studio album back in 2002. It is also the title track of the album with the same name. It might not have made it on Billboard Hot 100, but it was number 21 on the US Adult Top 40. It was also number 2 in Canada and number 80 in UK Singles Chart.

As the title of the song implies, it may be playing on repeat mode up in heaven.

7. Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum

It was written and performed originally by Norman Greenbaum back in 1969. From 1969 to 1970, two million copies were sold. Thus, the single became a gold record and reached number 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

This song is definitely a crowd-pleaser. As a result, the lyrics are excellent for an instigative celebration of life.

8. Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

A ballad arranged by Harold Olen and written by E.Y. Harburg. It was written for the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. It was sung by Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale. It got an award from the Academy as the best original song.

The cover song of Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole on the other hand is very soothing and relaxing. Imagine this, the doves being released, what would you think? “What a wonderful world”.

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