18 Best Daniel O'Donnell Songs for a Funeral


Daniel O'Donnell is an Irish singer best known for his Irish ballads, Irish “country” songs, and Christian music. An Irish Catholic, much of O'Donnell’s music is religious in nature and plays on themes of God’s goodness and grace. O'Donnell also has a fair share of country music and classic Irish ballads loved by all.

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If your loved one enjoyed O'Donnell’s songs, you might want to choose one or two to play at their funeral. His songs can be played on their own or as a backing track to a funeral slideshow to share a message about your loved one’s life and legacy.

Sad or Sorrowful Daniel O'Donnell Songs for a Funeral

Daniel O'Donnell has plenty of songs that are slow, thought-provoking, and filled with sentiment. If you’re looking for some of the best funeral songs or songs about death that cause the listener to slow down, take in life, and think about their loved one, this list is for you.

1. “I Love You Because” from The Essential Daniel O'Donnell

This soft and somber song is a tribute to the love O'Donnell shares with his wife. The lyrics say it all, and you might want to play it in honor of your wife if you agree with O'Donnell when he sings,

“I love you because you understand, dear
Every single thing I try to do
You're always there to lend a helping hand, dear
But most of all, I love you 'cause you're you.”

2. “Danny Boy” from The Essential Daniel O'Donnell

Danny Boy is a classic Irish ballad that pays tribute to a boy that must leave his family for a time. He is told to return, even if those he left behind have passed away. The singer says that when he comes back, he should visit the graves of those he loves. Until then, his family will rest peacefully while they await his return.

3. “I Need You (Honest I Do)” from Greatest Hits

Do you feel like you’ll never be quite the same without your significant other in your life? Pay tribute to the way they impacted your life with this song. If you look forward to reuniting with them in heaven someday, then you’ll appreciate lyrics such as these:

“Two of us together hand in hand
We stand at heaven's door
Together forever
I'll be yours ever more.”

4. “Back Home Again” from Country Boy

Did your dad grow up on a farm or raise your family in the country? If the country was your dad’s life, you might want to play this song in his honor. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of returning to the old homestead after some time away, and that’s what this song is about.

5. “Forty Shades of Green” from Forty Shades of Green

This ballad is an all-out tribute to the beauty and diversity of Ireland from coast to coast. If your loved one couldn’t get enough of Ireland, whether they were from there or simply loved to visit, then this could be an excellent song to play in their memory.

6. “I Watch the Sunrise” from Faith and Inspiration

Life can cast the shadow of difficulty and hard times over our lives. When this happens, we can take comfort in knowing that God is close by. O'Donnell’s song can provide a ray of hope during grief, knowing that God is near to the brokenhearted.

7. “Here I Am Lord” from Faith and Inspiration

This song is fitting to be played in tribute to a family member that gave their lives to serve the Lord as a pastor or missionary. This decision to go into ministry is often a very momentous one and it’s this decision that is honored with the lyrics,

“I have heard you calling in the night
I will go, Lord
If you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart.”

8. “Galway Bay” from The Essential Daniel O'Donnell

O'Donnell sings a beautiful tribute to Ireland and paints a picture of simpler times. He shares his love for the land and states that he wants heaven to look just like Galway Bay. 

Whether your loved one was from Ireland and longed to return, or simply loved the Emerald Isle, this song can be played in their honor.

9. “How Great Thou Art” from The Essential Daniel O'Donnell

This classic hymn is sung and beloved by Catholics and Christians around the world. While it’s not specifically a funeral song, it does get used at funerals by those who want to honor their loved one’s faith. The song declares that God is great even when life on earth is difficult.

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Uplifting Daniel O'Donnell Songs for a Funeral

O'Donnell has plenty of uplifting and cheerful songs in his repertoire. If you’re planning a memorial service, a celebration of life service, or working on a funeral slideshow and you need some upbeat songs, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better options than these.

10. “Our House Is a Home” from The Very Best of Daniel O'Donnell

Play this song in tribute to your mom, who made your childhood house a home. The song talks about creating a home where everyone is welcome, there’s always hot water for a cup of tea, and everyone who enters will be welcomed in. 

11. “Roses Are Red” from The Essential Daniel O'Donnell

If you’re looking for a sweet, upbeat song that pays tribute to the love you share with your significant other, this could be what you’re looking for. The chorus reads like a love note with the lyrics,

“Roses are red, my love. 
Violets are blue. 
Sugar is sweet, my love. 
But not as sweet as you.”

12. “Dream Lover” from The Ultimate Collection

Play this in honor of the person who came into your life and changed it for the better. O'Donnell sings about dreaming about the person whom he could love and cherish for all of life. Reminisce about your spouse or significant other when you play this in their memory.

13. “Tipperary Girl” from The Ultimate Collection

Do you and your spouse have a fun story about how you met? Pay tribute to your story with this song that recounts a chance encounter with a Tipperary Girl. Lyrics like these are sure to make you smile in remembrance: 

“She just chanced to pass me by
Pretty as a peach in a pumpkin pie
Fresh as a flower in full bloom
Sweet as a sunny summer's afternoon.”

14. “Beautiful Sunday” from The Jukebox Years

If your significant other caused you to feel like each day was the best day simply because they were in your life, then this song is one you’ll want to play in their honor. Perhaps these lyrics will bring about a memory of spending time with your spouse,

“Birds are singing, you by my side
Let’s take a car and go for a ride
Hey hey hey, it's a beautiful day
We'll drive on and follow the sun
Making Sunday go on and on.”

15. “Footsteps” from Songs of Inspiration

This song is an especially comforting number in which O'Donnell talks about the way God is ever-present with him through the ups and downs of life. Though losing a loved one is incredibly hard, this song may provide comfort knowing that God is with you through this difficult season.

16. “Stand Beside Me” from The Essential Daniel O'Donnell

Did your significant other enter your life and make everything feel right in the world? Some people enter our lives and we’re never the same again, and that’s what O'Donnell sings about in this song. Perhaps these lyrics define your relationship:

“Ah, there'll be times when everything goes wrong
But darling, I won't care, if I know you're standing there
No matter what we have to do
Together we can see it through.”

17. “I Just Want to Dance with You” from Follow Your Dream

This song is a tribute to seizing every moment to enjoy life with your spouse. If you soaked up every moment you could when you were together, this song is fitting to play in their honor.

18. “You Raise Me Up” from The Essential Daniel O'Donnell

This song is a declaration that God can raise us up when we go through difficult times, such as the grief experienced when losing someone we love.

Honoring a Life Through Music

Choosing music to play for a loved one’s funeral certainly isn’t an easy task. After all, you’re trying to encapsulate someone’s life and legacy in just a song or two. If you find choosing a song too difficult, simply go with the songs you think your loved one would want to be played. 

Did they have a favorite artist? Choose a song by that person. Did they have a favorite playlist they listened to in the car? Pick a song or two from that list. As long as you think your loved one would be happy with the song choices, you can’t go wrong.

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