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What Songs Would You Want To Be Played At Your Funeral? April 20, 2011

Filed under: Music Questions — NVMP @ 4:31 PM

What song would you like to be played at your funeral and why?

I could list a full soundtrack of songs to be played at my funeral, so I’ll narrow it down to just three.  First would be “Imagine” by John Lennon.  I can’t listen to this song without getting emotional or even crying, it is so powerful.  The second would be “Ruby Tuesday” by The Rolling Stones.  “Ruby Tuesday” is one of my all time favorite songs and I think the lyrics would suit my funeral: “Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, who could hang a name on you? When you change with every new day, still I’m gonna miss you.”  The last song would be tribute to my mom, who also wants “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd to be played at her funeral.  “If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me? For I must be traveling on now, ’cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see” and “‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now, and this bird you can not change” make for a meaningful and spiritual departure from this earth.  Props to mama dukes who raised her twins on southern rock and metal.  ❤


I never really thought about what music I would have played at my funeral.  I can tell you that my mother has told me explicitly to play, “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum at her funeral.  All I really want is a mix of music that when played, makes people recall fond memories of me.  I imagine a nice mixture of Green Day, Silverchair, and Queen.  For any of my ex’s these may include songs like Finger 11’s “Paralyzer,” Silverchair’s “Love Your Life,” “Magic” by B.O.B. ft. Rivers Cuomo,  One Republic’s “Apologize” or even Evanescence’s “Sober,”  to name a few.


I don’t care to think of such a thing, but if I really had to pick I would like to start with Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata (1st Movement: Adagio Sostenuto)”.  Although it does present the immediate air of gloom and sadness, which would reflect the mood of the situation, it would be present more for the fact that it is one of my favorite songs and not to help make visitors increasingly more sad.  It would lead perfectly into some of my favorite Philip Glass compositions, specifically “Etude #1,” again for the fact that I love the song, and not to reflect the mood.  From there, it would morph into an 80’s and electro dance party, because the day should be about remembering the good times and to remind loved ones that memories are the key to immortality, especially the happy ones, which can be best illustrated by your favorite songs.

Considering most lives are much more dynamic than a single song can reflect, I have more than one.  One would be “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix, while the other would be “Music Is The Answer” by Celeda.  Hands Down.


I would like “The Time Has Come Today” by The Chambers Brothers to be played at my funeral (the long version).  I’ve always loved the energy and lyrics of this song.  It’s one of those songs that makes me feel really good every time I hear it, although near the end it gets a little creepy.  That creepiness is perfect for the occasion symbolizing the fear of death and the unknown.  The cowbell simulating the ticking of the clock with the band chanting “TIME!” emphasizes the undeniable truth that we only have so much time and it eventually runs out.

Daniel Edward
As I was searching through my music to try to find an appropriate funeral song, I kept coming back to one: “Heroes” by David Bowie.  It’s hard to imagine what your funeral will be like, and I put many soundtracks to my own funeral while answering this question (“Dance in My Blood” by Men Women & Children, Fiona Apple’s cover of “Across The Universe”, “Gimme Sympathy” by Metric), but something stood out about “Heroes.”

What song would you like to be I remember a long time ago, maybe even in a previous life, I remarked to a friend that I was thinking about what my funeral would be like.  The response was a strange one, as my friend looked at me like I had three heads or something, and moments later told me I was too morbid.  Morbid or not, I’m a fan of preparation and planning, and for literally the last social event centered around me in this existence, I want that party to seriously rock…within reason, this is after all a funeral.  There’s always been one definite, must-be-played track for my funeral and that is the Guns N’ Roses cover of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”  The guitar work on this track is amazing, and definitely helps to solidly define Slash’s Guitar Hero status, while at the same time helping to fill out this rendition of the Bob Dylan classic.  It feels full, it feels complete and I can only hope that I feel the same way when I take stock of my life in my final moments.  Some additional tracks for the funeral: “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty, “Send the Pain Below” by Chevelle, “Bug Eyes” by Dredge and “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” covered by Life of Agony.

One Response to “What Songs Would You Want To Be Played At Your Funeral?”

  1. j9 Says:

    Great songs!!!

    My choices would be:

    Danny Boy sung in-person by an old drunk Irish guy

    Pink Floyd – “Great Gig in The Sky”
    George Harrison – “When We Was Fab”
    Muse – Sing for Absolution
    Radiohead – “Lucky”
    Roger Waters – “4:50 AM (Go Fishing)”
    David Gilmour’s Gdansk performance of Pink Floyd’s Echoes
    Pink Floyd – “Any Color You Like” (instrumental)
    Pink Floyd – “Marooned” (instrumental)
    George Harrison – “Marwa Blues” (instrumental)
    Pink Floyd – On The Turning Away

    Live piano:
    Debussy – Claire de Lune
    Gershwin – Concerto in F, 3rd movement.

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