A Funeral Directors List:

In days gone by, music at funerals was probably made up of the traditional funeral march and a couple of selected hymns. In most cases the service was held in a church. These days funeral music has modernized dramatically with more and more people ditching the church for a more casual chapel service. A celebration of the persons life is embraced rather than the old fashioned Bible readings.

Music at a funeral is an important part of the ceremony with most services containing 3 or 4 songs. The songs are usually reflective of what you have shared with a loved one. I have put this Top Twenty list together from my first hand experience as a Funeral Director. These songs were the most requested songs during my 15 years serving families in Australia during their time of loss.

It is interesting to note who the most popular artists are.

Top Ten Funeral Songs for Men

20. Looking Forward, Looking Back – Slim Dusty

19. Amazing Grace – Harry Secombe

18. Yesterday – The Beatles

17. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

16. Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon and Garfunkel

15. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

14. Green, Green Grass Of Home – Tom Jones

13. Danny Boy – Foster and Allen

12. Always On My Mind – Elvis Presley

11. Hero – Mariah Carey

10. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson

9. True Blue – John Williamson

8. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole

7. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

6. We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lyn

5. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – The Hollies

4. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

3. You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers

2. Time To Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

1. My Way – Frank Sinatra

Top Ten Funeral Songs for Women

20. Goodbye My Friend – Linda Ronstadt

19. Angels – Robbie Williams

18. Maggie – Foster and Allen

17. The Prayer – Anthony Callea

16. Ave Maria – Celine Dion

15. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland

14. From A Distance – Bette Midler

13. In The Arms Of An Angel – Sara McLachlan

12. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

11. Time To Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

10. Goodbye’s The Saddest Word – Celine Dion

9. Candle In The Wind – Elton John

8. Amazing Grace – Leann Rhimes

7. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

6. The Rose – Bette Midler

5. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

4. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

3. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

2. We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lyn

1. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

Source by Sharon Roberts