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14 Greatest Funeral Songs for the Older Generation

The passing of loved ones is a heart-rending experience that happens to all of us. Whether the lost person is a grandparent, an aunt or uncle or a family friend, you’ll be sure to find the perfect songs for their day of final rest. Categorised by decade of first release, this article will detail the most popular and also the most profound funeral songs for that special older person in your life. It is natural to want to give your loved one the best send-off possible, and music adds everything to an experience!

Most Popular Old Songs

  • We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn (1943)
  • Always, Ella Fitzgerald (1958)
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone, Gerry and The Pacemakers (1963)
  • To Love Somebody, Bee Gees (1967)
  • Mama Tried, Merle Haggard (1968)
  • Piece of My Heart, Big Brother & The Holding Company (1968)
  • Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
  • Everybody Hurts, R.E.M (1982)
  • Life Without You, Stevie Ray Vaughan (1983)
  • Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton (1992)
  • Go Rest High On That Mountain, Vince Gill (1995)
  • Candle in the Wind, Elton John (1997)
  • Death Has Lost Its Sting, Sojourn Music (2011)
  • If I Don’t Wake Up, The Williams Brothers (2011)

1940s Funeral Songs

The 1940s musical scene was saturated in romance, desire and yearning. During and after the Second World War, love was a form of escapism for many people, and many men returning from the front lines would marry within months of their return. Many tracks from this decade perform brilliantly as funeral songs due to their whimsical, wholesome themes of returning to someone beloved after a period of unrest.

We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn (1943)

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[Verse]
We’ll meet again
Don’t know where, don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
‘Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

[Pre-Chorus]
So will you please say “Hello” to the folks that I know
Tell them I won’t be long
They’ll be happy to know that as you saw me go
I was singing this song

[Chorus]
We’ll meet again
Don’t know where, don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day

[Verse]
We’ll meet again
Don’t know where, don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
‘Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

[Pre-Chorus]
So will you please say “Hello” to the folks that I know
Tell them I won’t be long
They’ll be happy to know that as you saw me go
I was singin’ this song

[Chorus]
We’ll meet again
Don’t know where, don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day

This song epitomises the strength and resilience of the British people during the Second World War and remains to this day a staple of wartime spirit. So much so in fact that as recently as 2020, Queen Elizabeth II referenced the song in a televised address. Featuring Vera Lynn as a vocalist and Arthur Young on the Novachord (a precursor to the modern synthesiser), this song provided morale to thousands of soldiers fighting in the war- and for those who remained at home, eagerly awaiting the return of their loved ones.

This song can provide a euphemistic allegory to the return of your passed loved one to their kin in the afterlife. Furthermore, the 1953 rerecording of this song features a military band and choir so it would be the ideal song to play at the funeral of a veteran. Especially if they fought in the Second World War!

“We’ll Mett Again, Dont Know Where, Dont Know When”

– Vera Lynn

1950s Funeral Songs

The 1950s were marked by postbellum jubilation and recuperation, rebuilding the economy and creating families. Lots of older people have many happy memories from this period, wherein many would frequent dance halls or devote their time to family or work.

Always, Ella Fitzgerald (1958)

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I’ll be loving you always
With a love that’s true always
When the things you’ve planned
Need a helping hand
I will understand always
Always

Days may not be fair always
That’s when I’ll be there, always
Not for just an hour
Not for just a day
Not for just a year
But always
I’ll be loving you, oh always
With a love that’s true always
When the things you’ve planned
Need a helping hand
I will understand always
Always

Days may not be fair always
That’s when I’ll be there always
Not for just an hour
Not for just a day
Not for just a year
But always

Not for just an hour
Not for just a day
Not for just a year
But always

This gem from Ella Fitzgerald’s song book era comprises a heart-warming, comforting message of love. A cover of Irving Berlin’s 1928 song for his wife, this cover translates the original loving message into a passionate ballad, certain to comfort those attending any funeral at which this song is played.

“I’ll be loving you, oh always, With a love that’s true always, When the things you’ve planned Need a helping hand”

– Ella Fitzgerald

Cry, Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads (1951)

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If your sweetheart sends a letter of goodbye
It’s no secret you’ll feel better if you cry
When waking from a bad dream
Don’t you sometimes think it’s real?
But it’s only false emotions that you feel

If your heartaches seem to hang around too long
And your blues keep getting bluer with each song
Remember sunshine can be found behind a cloudy sky
So let your hair down and go on and cry

If your heartaches seem to hang around too long
And your blues keep getting bluer with each song
Well now, remember sunshine can be found behind a cloudy sky
So let your hair down and go on baby and cry (cry, and cry)

Originally written by Churchill Kohlman for performance by Ruth Casey, this tune was popularised by the release of the cover by Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads. This cover hit Billboard No. 1 after release, and also hit No. 1 on the R&B Best Sellers list. This is interesting, because this song is completely different to the R&B of modern time, and modern musical classification classes this song as a pop song. However, there is nothing trite about this record! It is a passionate message to a lover, just like Always above. The lyrics remind the listener that it is normal and completely healthy to cry, which is always welcome reminder at a funeral.

“If your heartaches seem to hang around too long. And your blues keep getting bluer with each song. Well now, remember sunshine can be found behind a cloudy sky

– Johnnie Ray

1960s Funeral Songs

The 1960s was a turning point for music, with events such as Woodstock in 1969 setting standards for musical exploration for an era. Below, I’ll delineate the greatest tunes for a loved one’s funeral, fresh from the sixties.

You’ll Never Walk Alone, Gerry and The Pacemakers (1963)

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[Verse 1]
When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

[Pre-Chorus]
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
For your dreams be tossed and blown

[Chorus]
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

[Verse 2]
When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

[Pre-Chorus]
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
For your dreams be tossed and blown

[Chorus]
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk
You’ll never walk
You’ll never walk alone

First established as a tune from the 1945 musical Carousel by Rogers and Hammerstein, this cover by Gerry and The Pacemakers will never fail to comfort people at funerals. The thematic context of this song in Carousel also lends to its serendipity, with it being an expression of love from beyond the death by the musical’s protagonist, Billy Bigelow. Hence, it’s no surprise that this song tops as a comforting tear-jerker, reminding the attendees that their loved ones are still present above.

Furthermore, the song has close ties with the Liverpool Football Club, being chanted at every Liverpool match since the song’s 1963 release. This anthem is a perfect song to pay respects to a beloved Liverpool F.C fan.

“‘Walk on, walk on. With hope in your heart.And you’ll never walk alone

– Gerry & the Pacemakers

To Love Somebody, Bee Gees (1967)

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[Verse 1: Barry Gibb]
There’s a light
A certain kind of light
That never shone on me
I want my life to be lived with you
Lived with you
There’s a way everybody say
To do each and every little thing
But what does it bring
If I ain’t got you, ain’t got you? Hey babe

[Chorus]
You don’t know what it’s like, baby
You don’t know what it’s like
To love somebody
To love somebody
The way I love you

[Verse 2: Barry Gibb]
In my brain
I see your face again
I know my frame of mind
You ain’t got to be so blind
And I’m blind, so so sorrily blind
I’m a man, can’t you see
What I am
I live and I breathe for you
But what good does it do
If I ain’t got you, ain’t got? Hey babe

[Chorus]
You don’t know what it’s like, baby
You don’t know what it’s like
To love somebody
To love somebody
The way I love you

Oooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

[Chorus: Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb]
You don’t know what it’s like, baby
You don’t know what it’s like
To love somebody
To love somebody
The way I love you
(Noo noo no-no nooo nooooo)

[Outro]
You don’t know what it’s like, baby
You don’t know what it’s like
To love somebody
To love somebody
The way I love you

This beautiful song was written by Barry and Robin Gibb for Otis Redding, at the request of the manager of the Bee Gees, Robert Stigwood. Tragically however, Otis Redding never had a chance to record this track, having died a few months later in a plane crash. Therefore, this soft rock song is consumed in themes of wistful tragedy. This song is less emotionally evocative than others on this list and would be a perfect addition to the funeral playlist of that special person in your life who would never want to see you suffer for their loss.

“‘You don’t know what it’s like.To love somebody.To love somebody.The way I love you’

– Bee Gees

Mama Tried, Merle Haggard (1968)

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[Verse 1]
The first thing I remember knowing
Was a lonesome whistle blowing
And a young’un’s dream of growing up to ride
On a freight train leaving town
Not knowing where I’m bound
And no one could change my mind but mama tried
One and only rebel child
From a family meek and mild
My mama seemed to know what lay in store
Despite all my Sunday learning
Towards the bad I kept on turning
‘Til mama couldn’t hold me anymore

[Chorus]
And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole
No one could steer me right but mama tried, mama tried
Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I denied
That leaves only me to blame ’cause mama tried

[Verse 2]
Dear old daddy, rest his soul
Left my mom a heavy load
She tried so very hard to fill his shoes
Working hours without rest
Wanted me to have the best
She tried to raise me right but I refused

[Chorus]
And I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole
No one could steer me right but mama tried, mama tried
Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I denied
That leaves only me to blame ’cause mama tried

This country ballad by Merle Haggard speaks on themes of maternal loss, with lyrics detailing a son’s wish that he’d shown more love to his mother in life. Haggard was inspired to write this song after the passing of his own mother- an event which evoked abundant guilt in Haggard. The popularity of this song upon release should not be understated; Mama Tried was Haggard’s fifth Number One on the U.S Billboard Country Singles chart. This would be a perfect funeral song for any mother in your life to whom you feel things are still left to be said.

“One and only rebel child From a family meek and mild My mama seemed to know what lay in store Despite all my Sunday learning Towards the bad I kept on turning

– Merle Haggard

Piece of My Heart, Big Brother & The Holding Company (1968)

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[Intro]
Oh, come on, come on, come on, come on

[Verse 1]
Didn’t I make you feel like you were the only man? Yeah
An’ didn’t I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can?
Honey, you know I did
And, and each time I tell myself that I, well, I think I’ve had enough
But I’m gonna show you baby, that a woman can be tough

[Pre-Chorus]
I want you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it

[Chorus]
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby
(Oh, oh, break it)
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
(Oh, oh, come on)
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby
Well, you know you got it, if it makes you feel good
Oh, yes indeed

[Verse 2]
You’re out on the streets looking good
And baby, deep down in your heart I guess you know that it ain’t right
Never, never, never, never, never, never hear me when I cry at night
Babe and I cry all the time
But each time I tell myself that I, well, I can’t stand the pain
But when you hold me in your arms, I’ll sing it once again

[Pre-Chorus]
I’ll say come on, come on, come on, come on and take it

[Chorus]
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby
(Oh, oh, break it)
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah
(Oh, oh, have a)
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby
Well, you know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good

[Guitar Solo]

[Pre-Chorus]
I need you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it

[Chorus]
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby
(Oh, oh, break it)
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, c’mon now
(Oh, oh, have a)
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby
You know you got it, wow

[Outro]
Take it, take another little piece of my heart now, baby
Oh, oh, break it
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, oh, have a
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, hey
You know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good

Based on the original recorded by Erma Franklin in 1967, this iconic cover by Big Brother & The Holding Company featured Janis Joplin before her untimely loss from the band- and subsequently, life itself. The song itself diverted so heavily from Erma Franklin’s version that Franklin herself was unable to recognise it as a cover of her song until she was notified. This musical hit would be perfect at the funeral of someone who was into the original 1960s blues/psychedelic rock scene.

“‘Never, never, never, never, never, never hear me when I cry at night Babe and I cry all the time But each time I tell myself that I, well, I can’t stand the pain

– Erma Franklin

1970s Funeral Songs

The seventies produced some of the greatest music to ever be produced, including a whopping seven albums by Pink Floyd, and many other powerful recordings- including those listed below!

Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)

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If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on now
There’s just too many places I’ve got to see

But if I stay here with you, girl
Things just couldn’t be the same
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now
And this bird you cannot change
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

And this bird you cannot change
And this bird you cannot change
Lord knows I can’t change

Bye bye, baby, it’s been a sweet love yeah, yeah
And though this feeling I can’t change
But please don’t take this so badly
‘Cause Lord knows I’m to blame

But if I stay here with you, girl
Things just couldn’t be the same
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now
And this bird you cannot change
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

And this bird you cannot change
And this bird you cannot change
Lord knows I can’t change
Lord, help me, I can’t change

Lord, I can’t change
Won’t you fly high free bird?
Yeah

Released on their debut album (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd), this release achieved No. 8 on the Guitar World ‘100 Greatest Guitar Solos’ list. This song is commonly used as a finale to Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts, serving as a nostalgic call-back to freedom, love and post-Woodstock rock culture. Its use in concerts can be replicated in the funeral of your loved one, channelling nostalgia and appreciation of the rock lover in your life.

“‘If I leave here tomorrow Would you still remember me? For I must be travelling on now

– Lynyrd Skynyrd

1980s Funeral Songs

The music of the 1980s was defined by the use of the synthesiser, which was invented in 1980. This revolutionised the musical scene, making electronic elements in music much more prevalent than in the preceding decade.

Everybody Hurts, R.E.M (1982)

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Verse 1]
When the day is long
And the night, the night is yours alone
When you’re sure you’ve had enough
Of this life, well, hang on

[Chorus]
Don’t let yourself go
‘Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts
Sometimes

[Verse 2]
Sometimes everything is wrong
Now it’s time to sing along
When your day is night alone (Hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go (Hold on)
If you think you’ve had too much
Of this life, well, hang on

[Chorus]
‘Cause everybody hurts
Take comfort in your friends
And everybody hurts

[Bridge]
Don’t throw your hand
Oh, no
Don’t throw your hand
If you feel like you’re alone
No, no, no, you’re not alone

[Verse 3]
If you’re on your own in this life
The days and nights are long
When you think you’ve had too much
Of this life to hang on

[Chorus]
Well, everybody hurts
Sometimes, everybody cries
And everybody hurts
Sometimes
And everybody hurts
Sometimes

[Outro]
So, hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on
Everybody hurts
No, no, no, no, no, you’re not alone

Written by R.E.M to soothe those suffering from suicidal ideation, this song perfectly details the universality of loss. It impacts every single one of us, and this song can be a comfort to us all during those moments. Funerals are emotionally charged, and they can make even the most stoic person seem devastated. This is completely natural, and nothing elucidates that emotion like this song. This song was performed by Kelly Clarkson and Pink at the opening of the 2017 American Music Awards to pay respects to those lost to tragedies in the previous year.

“When the day is long And the night, the night is yours alone When you’re sure you’ve had enough

– REM

Life Without You, Stevie Ray Vaughan (1983)

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Well, hello baby
Tell me how have you been?
We all have missed you
And the way you grin
The day is necessary
Every now and then
For souls to move on
Given life back again
Fly on, fly on
Fly on my friend
Go on, live again
Love again
Day after day
Night after night
Sittin’ here singin’
Every minute
As the years go passin’ by
By, by, by
A long look in the mirror
We come face to face
Wishin’ our love
We took for granted
A love we had yesterday
Life without you

This slow, melancholic ballad was written in memory of Charley Wirz, a close friend Vaughan’s. Wirz owned an eponymous guitar shop based in Dallas, and built one of Vaughan’s signature Stratocaster-style guitars in 1983. This guitar was used in the recording of Life Without You. This song by Vaughan is saturated in pain, demonstrating how distraught he is at the loss of a wonderful person in his life- one who gave freely, supporting him in his musical dreams. Hence, this song would be a perfect tribute to a loved one who really supported you through your life.

“‘The day is necessary Every now and then For souls to move on Given life back again

– Stevie Ray Vaughan

90s Funeral Songs

Music from the nineties may not seem like the wisest choice for a funeral of an elderly person, but a few songs from this decade would serve perfectly at any funeral. Mariah Carey recorded more Billboard No.1 hits in this decade than any other artist, but the 90s wasn’t a decade defined by pop. Music from many genres rose to popularity during this decade, including many bands performing music inspired by loss.

Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton (1992)

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Verse 1]
Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same if I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

[Verse 2]
Would you hold my hand if I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand if I saw you in heaven?
I’ll find my way through night and day
‘Cause I know I just can’t stay
Here in heaven

[Bridge]
Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart, have you begging please
Begging please

[Instrumental]

[Verse 3]
Beyond the door, there’s peace, I’m sure
And I know there’ll be no more
Tears in heaven

[Verse 4]
Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven?
Would you be the same if I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
Because I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

This passionate track was written about the pain Eric Clapton faced after losing his four-year-old son. UK organisation PRS for Music voted this song and another on this list (Everybody Hurts, REM) as in the 50 songs make likely to make men cry. That deduction speaks to the poignancy and emotionality of this track: the perfect funeral song for your most treasured loved one.

“‘Would you hold my hand if I saw you in heaven? Would you help me stand if I saw you in heaven? I’ll find my way through night and day. ‘Cause I know I just can’t stay

– Eric Clapton

Go Rest High On That Mountain, Vince Gill (1995)

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Verse 1]
I know your life on earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain
You weren’t afraid to face the devil
You were no stranger to the rain

[Chorus]
So go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a-shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son

[Verse 2]
Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
Wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing

[Chorus]
So go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a-shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son

[Instrumental Break]

[Verse 3]
You’re safely home in the arms of Jesus
Eternal life, my brother’s found
The day will come, I know I’ll see you
That sacred place on that Holy ground

[Chorus]
Go rest high on that mountain
‘Cause son, your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a-shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son

In a move that is potentially controversial, we chose this tune by Vince Gill over Angel by Sarah McLachlan for inclusion in this list. Both are soothing yet mournful melodies including evocative vocals, but this track by Vince Gill is an under-rated hit. Gill’s eulogic ballad was perfected over the span of four years and half as many losses. The artist began writing this track in response to the 1989 death of fellow country singer Keith Whitley, but never finished writing his track until 1993, following the death of his older brother. The context of the song adds much to its melancholy nature, making a song ideal for any perfect funeral.

“‘‘You’re safely home in the arms of Jesus. Eternal life, my brother’s found. The day will come, I know I’ll see you

– Vince Gill

Candle in the Wind, Elton John (1997)

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[Verse 1]
Goodbye England’s rose
May you ever grow in our hearts
You were the grace that placed itself
Where lives were torn apart
You called out to our country
And you whispered to those in pain
Now you belong to heaven
And the stars spell out your name

[Chorus]
And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never fading with the sunset
When the rain set in
And your footsteps will always fall here
Along England’s greenest hills
Your candle’s burned out long before
Your legend ever will

[Verse 2]
Loveliness we’ve lost
These empty days without your smile
This torch, we’ll always carry
For our nation’s golden child
And even though we try
The truth brings us to tears
All our words cannot express
The joy you brought us through the years

[Chorus]
And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never fading with the sunset
When the rain set in
And your footsteps will always fall here
Along England’s greenest hills
Your candle’s burned out long before
Your legend ever will

[Verse 3]
Goodbye England’s rose
May you ever grow in our hearts
You were the grace that placed yourself
Where lives were torn apart
Goodbye England’s rose
From a country lost without your soul
Who’ll miss the wings of your compassion
More than you will ever know

Candle in the Wind is a wonderful threnody, originally written in 1973 in remembrance of Marilyn Monroe’s passing eleven years prior. The 1997 recording of this track was a rewrite of the 1973 edition, as a tribute for Lady Diana, Princess of Wales. The 1997 rewrite peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard UK Top 100 chart, evidencing the popularity of Lady Diana in the UK. This is a perfect song for the funeral of a woman who was very close to you- especially if they’re English! If not, there’s always the 1973 version.

“Your footsteps will always fall here. Along England’s greenest hills. Your candle’s burned out long before, your legent ever will.

– Elton John

Christian Music for the Older Generation

If the person who passed was religious in life, there is no better way to venerate them as through songs of God. Below are listed two amazing gospel songs that will comfort and guide you and other funeral attendees through your feelings.

Death Has Lost Its Sting, Sojourn Music (2011)

My God, how many are my fears?
How fast my foes increase
Conspiring my eternal death
They break my fleeting peace
The lying tempter would persuade
My heart to doubt Your aid
And all my swelling sins appear
Much greater than Your grace
Arise, O Lord, fulfill Your grace
While I Your glory sing;
My God has broke the serpent’s teeth
And death has lost its sting
But You-my Glory and my Strength-
Will on my tempter tread
Will silence all my threatening gulit
And raise my drooping head
Arise, O Lord, fulfill Your grace while I Your glory sing
My God has broke the serpents teeth
And death has lost its sting
And though the hosts of death and hell
All armed against me stand
No more will terrors shake my soul;
Secure within Your hand
Arise, O Lord, fulfill Your grace while I your glory sing
My God has broke the serpent’s teeth
And death has lost its sting

This is the most modern song included on this list, but it would be the perfect accompaniment to a Christian funeral. This is a perfect recreation of the gospel music many people grew up to, based on Isaac Watts’ original Hymn of Psalm 3. This hymn is largely based upon 1 Corinthians 15:50-59, a biblical passage focusing on the reasons why Christians never need fear death.

55: “O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
56: The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57: But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.’
1 Corinthians 15:55-59
Sojourn Music’s edition of this hymn seamlessly elucidates the same comforting ambiance as both the original hymn and its biblical precedent, making it an easy musical choice for any Christian funeral.

If I Don’t Wake Up, The Williams Brothers (2011)

If I don’t wake up, in the morning
It’s alright it’s gonna be alright
If I don’t wake up, in the morning
(I know) It’s alright it’s gonna be alright
I fixed it up with Jesus along long time ago I paid my dues yea mm
And if I should leave this old world before the morning comes
I got a crown waiting for and some golden shoes
Oh my friends there’s is no need to cry
God has prepared me a better home way up in the sky
If I don’t wake up, (If I don’t wake up)
In the morning (in the morning)
It’s alright (it’s alright it’s alright)
It’s gonna be alright (it’s alright)
If I don’t wake up
(if I don’t get up out of me bed in the morning)
In the morning (i know deep down in my heart)
It’s alright (its alright yea)
it’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
I promise the Lord when I made my start
Know matter what they do, I’m going through
Been through the storm, I been through the rain
I kept on thrusting in Jesus name
if I don’t live to see the sun rises
I know I got a home on the other side it’s alright oh yes it is
it’s gonna be alright oh my Lord
And this is what I like about it
There be no more tears to shade
There be no more barring to bair
No more hard ache and pain
Oh when I get over there yal
There’s something else
Trouble will be over yea
When i when I get home
It’s gonna be alright
I’m not worry about it
I lift my flowers to lay me barring down yea

The Williams Brothers are one of the most popular and enduring gospel bands, having been active from 1960 to present day! Their music connects Christians of all ages, since those born after 1960 are likely to have listened to their music in youth. Since this song’s 2011 release it has been a popular funeral song due to its comforting take on death and loss. The lyrics of this song are alike that of Death Has Lost Its Sting, posing a message to family members to not stress if he passes on, because God looks after all believers, and he is in a better place.

Oh my friends there’s is no need to cry God has prepared me a better home way up in the sky. If I don’t wake up, (If I don’t wake up). In the morning (in the morning)

The Williams Brothers