Funerals are a sad event in life. But your best memories can be tied to music. Music can create a strong link to memories you have of a deceased love one. When a meaningful experience is associated with music, it creates strong emotional connections.
Sharing memories of the deceased is what funerals are for. Having the right music to commemorate your dad is important and when it’s difficult to articulate how you feel about your loved one in words, can be reflected through a song.
When it comes to funeral songs for Dad, it can be hard to choose a song for the occasion. Whether you are planning a virtual funeral ceremony or a memorial service for your dad, here are our top 20 funeral songs to play that will resonate with you and your loved ones.
1. Tears in Heaven — Eric Clapton
This classic funeral song will make you tear up. If you choose this as your father’s funeral song, there won’t be a dry eye in the place. It’s one of our top picks.
2. Dance with My Father — Luther Vandross
A deeply personal track about the singer’s late father that pulls at the heartstrings.
3. Wake Me Up When September Ends — Green Day
Another song about the loss of the frontman’s father, this track is a little more upbeat but also allows you to think when you listen to the words. A very beautiful song.
4. Song for Dad — Keith Urban
An unforgettable country funeral song for Dad. The tune is upbeat and positive while the lyrics are thankful and considerate of how much a child can look up to their father. The singer discusses how he wants the same amazing qualities his father possessed when he becomes a father of his own. This song is a good one to start the funeral with.
5. Hero — Mariah Carey
This song is classic and meaningful to many children, since many dads are heros to their kids. It provides an excellent choice of song for a father’s funeral. If you are a daughter planning a father’s funeral and are looking for a tune that will let people know how much you have learned from your personal hero, then this is a great choice.
6. Thank you for being my dad — Jon Barker
This song is a self-explanatory choice of funeral music for a funeral for Dad. The message expresses gratitude to the main male role model in your life. The lyrics simply communicate, “thank you for being my dad,” and help remind us that even if we don’t say thank you to our dads every day, the emotion will always exist.
7. Old man — Neil Young
An uplifting song choice to play during a funeral for dad, this song also has a soothing feel to it. It’s more of a pleasing melody to celebrate the life of a dad and the amazing person he was.
8. Mike + The Mechanics — The Living Years
Choose a meaningful song for your father's funeral such as The Living Years. The lyrics are about what a son wants to say to his father while he is still alive, and analyse which elements of his father the singer could see in his newborn baby. Essentially, it is a funeral song dedicated to the father to commemorate the connection between the past, the present, and the future.
9. In Loving Memory — Alter Bridge
Such a simple yet powerful song that tells your dad “thank you” for everything he has done for you and your family.
10. Wind Beneath My Wings — Gerald Levert and Eddie Levert
A traditional choice for a funeral. This version of the R&B version of the Bette Midler classic is sung by the father-son soul duo who base the song on their own relationship. A great song for the start of a funeral for Dad.
11. Forever Young — Bob Dylan
This is a simple song with a clear message based on the singer’s hopes and dreams for his son.
12. Love Without End, Amen — George Strait
A passionate and significant funeral song,this country track reflects on the never-ending and unconditional love between a father and son.
13. Drops of Jupiter — Train
A gentle song that is great for releasing those memories and sentimental emotions you have for your father. Part of this song reminds you of heaven, which is referenced through the “big open sky”. A great song to end a funeral, and celebrate dad’s life.
14. I’ve Had The Time Of My Life — Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Celebrate the man he was with this great classic which will put a smile on your face and help you remember all the great moments you shared with Dad.
15. Halo — Beyoncé
This song is a top pick for us. It really touches our hearts and you can really feel the emotions and love portrayed through the lyrics.
16. My Way — Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's classic big band has a provocative and upbeat style, and many families have found it an ideal funeral song for parents. I did it. In my way, it's about a person's unique turn in their life, leaving a mark on everything they leave behind.
17. Stairway to Heaven — Led Zeppelin
Another classic rock song, this one is an ideal song for your father’s funeral. The lyrics are beautiful and will really spark that emotional connection you and your family had with your dad.
18. We’ll Meet Again — Vera Lynn
This song is perfect for those moments when you know in your heart that you will meet again, but do not know how or when it will happen. It’s a very touching and memorable tune, and perfect for a funeral.
19. Bye Bye — Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey’s opening line of this 2008 hit song dedicates it to all those who have lost a loved one. The steady rhythm emphasises the soft, contemplative lyrics, expressing the pain of losing loved ones and their confidence that they are now in peace.
20. Footprints in the Sand — Leona Lewis
An emotional song that will help us remember Dad forever. This funeral song is based on the theme from the “Footprints in the Sand” poem which shows how a dad is always present for those around him.
When it comes to funeral songs, these are heartwarming and memorable and will be a good way of celebrating the life of your loved one. Picking a song that is significant to your relationship with the deceased will make the funeral one you’ll never forget.