Losing a brother is such a uniquely hard time in anybody's life. After all, this is the person that shared valuable memories about your upbringing and childhood with you. In many cases, the relationship that you have with your brother helped to shape you into the person that you are today.
When it comes to planning the funeral arrangements or putting together a virtual funeral ceremony, song choice is so exceptional. You want to select a song that best depicts how you felt about this incredibly important person in your life.
Tip: Creating a funeral playlist might be just a small part of your post-death responsibilities. If you need helping sorting it all out, check out our post-loss checklist.
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- Rock Funeral Songs for Your Brother
- Country Funeral Songs for Your Brother
- Rap or Hip-Hop Funeral Songs for Your Brother
- Funeral Songs for Your Younger Brother
- Funeral Songs for an Older Brother
If you're struggling to find the best funeral song to play at your brother's funeral, then you've come to the right place. We've created a list of a variety of songs that range in genre and tone, making it more likely that you'll find something that suits your feelings about your beloved brother.
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Rock Funeral Songs for Your Brother
Rock may have a reputation of being funky and upbeat, but this doesn't mean that the genre doesn't have some songs that are perfect for a funeral. We've narrowed down a few of the top rock songs that can really express the love and loss that you feel for your brother.
1. "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd really hits the nail on the head with this simple, yet incredibly moving song. Sometimes, all we can say is that we miss someone and wish so desperately that they were still here.
2. "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel
"Only the Good Die Young" can be a tribute to losing someone in an untimely death. While the song itself isn't necessarily about loss, when put in this context, it can be an appropriate song for a funeral.
3. "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
Considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time, "Stairway to Heaven" is a famous funeral song for rock music lovers. It's a slow tempo song that increases in intensity as the song plays out.
4. "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
In a sense, "Free Bird" can depict letting go and moving on--two essential steps in the grief process.
5. "Knocking on Heaven's Door" by Guns N' Roses
"Knocking on Heaven's Door" was originally written by Bob Dylan, however this version crooned by Axl Rose is just as memorable and touching as the original.
6. "Shadow of the Day" by Linkin Park
This song depicts how difficult it is to say goodbye to someone who is dying. It's considered a touching tribute that is suitable for funerals and memorial services.
7. "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" by Oasis
While this song was initially written to depict the relationship between parent and child, in the context of death, it is also appropriate as a song about reassurance, love, and remembrance.
8. "Everything I Own" by Bread
For those that have a difficult time expressing how they feel during a time of loss, this song says it all. It's beautifully written and is sure to touch the hearts of all those who hear it.
Check out our picks for the best rock funeral songs if you're looking for more selections.
Country Funeral Songs for Your Brother
Country music offers up some of the most moving and uplifting funeral songs. Some of the songs here focus on the heartache of losing a loved one, while others explain that extraordinary bond that you have with that person.
9. "When I Get Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley
Many people see Heaven as this peaceful resting place. This song reminds us that for some, passing on is simply moving up to the perfect destination that is Heaven.
10. "You Should Be Here" by Cole Swindell
One of the hardest things about dealing with loss is all of the new memories you will make without that person. "You Should Be Here" perfectly describes how you may feel in moments that you wish that your brother was still there with you.
11. "Drink a Beer" by Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan beautifully sings this song about untimely loss. It tells the story of honoring someone who has passed and remembering times that were shared together.
12. "Who You'd Be Today" by Kenny Chesney
"Who You'd Be Today" is a song that talks about wondering how someone may have turned out if they would have had the chance to live their life. This song is especially relevant for someone who lost their brother at a young age.
13. "If Heaven" by Andy Griggs
Andy Griggs' song "If Heaven" is one of the loveliest country songs to play at a funeral. It has a beautiful melody and the lyrics are sure to touch your heart.
14. "I Still Miss You" by Keith Anderson
Perhaps we never stop missing those that pass away, but you may find some solace in knowing that so many of us understand that pain. This song is a beautiful reminder of that.
15. "If I Could Only Bring You Back" by Joe Diffie
Perhaps you've spent some time wishing that you could bring your brother back. This song by Joe Diffie explains how life could be different if only we had this power.
16. "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" by Justin Moore
Justin Moore's song "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" discusses how we could all just go visit our loved one if only Heaven was just like any other destination.
For more country songs picks, read our selections for the best country songs for a funeral.
Rap or Hip-Hop Funeral Songs for Your Brother
Rap and hip-hop have generated some of the most poignant songs that epitomize all the feelings that a person may have as they cope with the loss of a loved one. Beautifully written, deep, and expressive--many of these songs say everything that words simply can't.
17. "Missing You" by Aaliyah featuring Jay-Z
"Missing You" is a great hip-hip song that simply means that we miss those who are no longer with us. This relatable song is an excellent choice for a funeral playlist.
18. "6 Feet Deep" by Geto Boys
This hip hop song not only discusses the sadness of someone passing, but also the importance of remembering them.
19. "The Message" by Dr. Dre
This song is largely about violence, drug use, and crime, but it also reminisces about the loss of loved ones, too.
20. "Good Die Young" by D12
This song talks about how only people who have the best hearts die before their time.
21. "They Reminisce Over You" by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth
Remembering people is one of the best ways to manage grief. This song reminds us that it's okay to think of those that have passed on.
22. "Miss U" by Notorious B.I.G.
"Miss U" is a rap song by Notorious B.I.G that depicts his childhood. However, part of the song pays homage to those from his neighborhood who passed away.
24. "Pour Out a Little Liquor" by 2Pac
Pouring out liquor in the name of someone has been a timeless tribute, and this song reminds us to keep our loved ones in mind as we live our lives.
Funeral Songs for Your Younger Brother
Losing a younger brother can have a distinct sense of loss. If you want a song that truly depicts your relationship and love for your younger brother, then you are sure to find it listed here.
25. "Down the River" by Chris Knight
This beautifully written song may depict the relationship that you had with your brother. It's moving and also reminiscent of someone who is incredibly special in your life.
26. "I'll See You in My Dreams" by Joe Brown
"I'll See You in My Dreams" is an uplifting and comforting song as it clearly explains that we never truly lose the ones we love because they come to us in our dreams.
27. "He Ain't Heavy; He's My Brother" by The Hollies
This is a touching song about the relationship you have with those nearest and dearest to you.
28. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
If you prefer a more classical song, then 'What a Wonderful World" is one of the most often-played funeral songs.
29. "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas
This song talks about how we are all but just dust in the wind. Our time here is fleeting and this serves as a reminder that we should make the most of it.
30. "Brother" by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
This song talks about someone who is gone and may really connect with the feelings you have about the loss of your brother.
31. "The Other Side of Life Now" by Emmylou Harris
This song explains what someone may be feeling once they pass away. "The Other Side of Life Now" explains the transition from Earth to Heaven, which may provide comfort to those who are left behind.
32. "Brother" by Beck
This song is about yearning and loss of someone. It is especially relevant because it actually discusses that "someone" is your brother.
Funeral Songs for an Older Brother
The loss of an older brother can certainly have an impact on the siblings that are left behind. Here are a few songs that cover a number of genres, but all express a level of loss and mourning of that very special person in your life.
33. "Daniel" by Elton John
This popular song is about finding peace and calm after something incredibly difficult happens in your life. In the context of a funeral, it is certainly relatable for mourners who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
34. "Go Rest High on the Mountain" by Vince Gill
This classic song serves as a reminder that our loved ones are simply somewhere better--somewhere that is peaceful and without worries or pain.
35. "Funeral for a Friend" by Elton John
Elton John's "Funeral for a Friend" is a commonly played tune that is often played to remember those who have passed away.
36. "Brother Up in Heaven" by Alan Parsons
This song talks about missing a brother that passed away. It discusses how sometimes you may feel them so close to you that it's like they are really still there.
37. "Brother in the Wind" by High on Fire
Many people have found comfort by listening to this song that is commonly played at funerals.
38. "All the Colours" by Finn Brothers
This song is about the difficulty of saying goodbye--something we all experience when we have to let a loved one go.
39. "Don't Say Goodbye" by Buddy and Julie Miller
Julie Miller wrote this song after the passing of her own brother.
40. "Will I See You in Heaven" by The Jayhawks
Those who mourn the loss of someone simply need to be reminded that you will be reunited again someday.
Music that Touches the Heart
Music touches the heart and puts words with what so many of us feel during the hardest times that we face. The songs listed here can provide peace and reassurance during such a difficult time.