Funerals are a time for healing and coming together as a family. Music is one of the best ways to connect with one’s feelings. Throughout history and across the globe, people use music as a way to honor their loved ones.
Jump ahead to these sections:
- Funeral Songs for a Husband and Father
- Country Funeral Songs for a Husband
- R&B or Hip-Hop Funeral Songs for a Husband
- Rock or Alternative Funeral Songs for a Husband
- Traditional Funeral Songs for a Husband
With so many songs to choose from, how do you find the best funeral songs for a husband? While you’ll want to choose a song that’s meaningful to him, you’ll also want to consider the type of service, tone of the event, and what feeling you’re trying to evoke. This might be similar to a funeral song for dad, or it could be a more mature, classic tune.
There are no right answers when it comes to planning a funeral for a husband. As long as it’s meaningful to you, you’re on the right track. For some inspiration, here are 50+ amazing funeral songs for a husband. And, f you're responsible for other end-of-life tasks in addition to the music for the funeral, check out our post-loss checklist for help.
COVID-19 tip: If you're hosting a Zoom funeral using a service like GatheringUs, test your audio before the ceremony, so you can anticipate any day-of-funeral issues. Make sure to create a unique playlist for the digital reception, wake, or other gatherings and send the playlist URL to the guests with the funeral thank-you cards.
Funeral Songs for a Husband and Father
Husbands and fathers are the supportive foundation of our lives. They’re a part of life’s biggest moments, and it’s important that we remember all of their roles as part of their funeral service. These songs are perfect for capturing their full selves.
1. “My Father’s Eyes” by Eric Clapton
This song was inspired by Clapton’s own life experiences, having never met his father who died early in his life. He shares his perspective looking through his father’s eyes and his own eyes as a father.
2. “Song for Dad” by Keith Urban
Urban sings about noticing things through a maturing perspective. As an adult, he feels closer to his dad than ever before.
3. “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill
The message behind this song is that your loved ones never leave you. They’re always waiting in your dreams and memories.
4. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
This Bette Midler classic is about those who lift us up when we need support most.
5. “You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins
Phil Collins is the master of emotional music, and this song is about the strong bonds between parent and child.
6. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
When life passes quickly, it’s important to take advantage of every moment. In this song, the narrator urges you to “never lose your sense of wonder” and “never take one single breath for granted.”
7. “Footprints in the Sand” by Leona Lewis
Lewis sings of the person who brought her the most strength. He walked with her when she was alone, and he’s always with her.
8. “I Learned From You” by Billy Ray Cyrus
This song is all about learning from your father and becoming a better person.
9. “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python
For the dad who always had a sense of humor, remind the family to “always look on the bright side of life,” even when life “seems jolly rotten.”
10. “I Lived” by OneRepublic
When the narrator of “I Lived” looks back on his life at the edge of death, he isn’t sad because he knows he lived each moment to the fullest.
Country Funeral Songs for a Husband
Country funeral songs are a popular way to connect with your husband’s favorite genre. If he was a country boy through and through, honor his legacy with these selections.
11. “Angels Among Us” by Alabama
Our loved ones are always looking over us, and these angels even walk amongst us in this Alabama song.
12. “When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley
This song is an ode to all the things the narrator will do once they reach Heaven, finally at peace.
13. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
Denver wrote this song about West Virginia, though he’d never visited himself. Still, it’s a glorious song about the beauty of one’s homeland.
14. “Remember When” by Alan Jackson
“Remember When” takes a trip down memory lane to explore a life full of love. Though those days are gone, they’re still a happy memory.
15. “Go Rest High on That Mountain” by Vince Gill
This song reminds the listener that there is so much to be thankful for.
16. “Believe” by Brooks & Dunn
“Believe” is a song about believing in a higher power when all else fails.
17. “When a Hero Falls” by Stephen Cochran
This song is about the bravery men and women face in the military, and just how far their legacy goes beyond their service.
18. “I Won’t Let Go” by Rascal Flatts
Even when life gets you down, the narrator promises to always be there.
19. “Please Remember Me” by Tim McGraw
McGraw sings about the days after his death, encouraging his love to move on and live life to the fullest. His only last wish is that she remembers him in the small things.
20. “Jealous of the Angels” by Donna Taggart
Taggart laments not knowing that her last interaction with her love was the final one. Now, she thinks upon him in Heaven.
R&B or Hip-Hop Funeral Songs for a Husband
Many R&B and hip-hop songs grapple with complex emotions like grief and mourning. These songs highlight the importance of a life well-lived, while also staying relatable.
21. “Miss U” by The Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie pays tribute to one of his closest friends, asking for “daydreams of how we used to be.”
22. “Life Goes On” by Tupac Shakur
In one of 2Pac’s most emotional songs, he honors his deceased friend while also thinking about his future death and what it means.
23. “Can’t Stop This” by The Roots
Another tribute song, “Can’t Stop This” discusses the importance of facing the worst of life in order to get to the better parts.
24. “Miss You” by Aaliyah
Released on Aaliyah’s posthumous album, this ballad is about feeling lost without your love.
25. “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa
“See You Again” is a tribute to the actor Paul Walker, and it featured many different voices on the track. Though Walker is in a better place, we’ll all be together again in the future.
26. “Life Changes” by Wu-Tang Clan
The Wu-Tang Clan dedicated this song to a deceased member, and the surviving artists share their emotions after his passing.
27. “Coldest Winter” by Kanye West
This song is an opportunity for West to say goodbye to the strongest women in his life. Though they’re gone, their memories live forever.
28. “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boys II Men
This Boys II Men classic is about the challenges people face when they’re forced to say goodbye to the past, old friends, and memories.
29. “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith
Though simple, the message behind this Sam Smith song is clear. When someone you love leaves, you just want to be near them.
30. “These Three Words” by Stevie Wonder
In this ballad, Wonder urges listeners to cherish their loved ones because they won’t be around forever.
Rock or Alternative Funeral Songs for a Husband
For the husband that always liked to rock out, pay tribute to his lively spirit and personality. Like the songs above, rock often includes emotional ballads and meaning in even the simplest of songs.
31. “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ Roses
This Guns N’ Roses classic is about an officer contemplating his life’s choices wondering if he’ll be let into Heaven at the end of his life.
32. “In My Life” by The Beatles
One of the Beatles’ biggest hits is about loving someone above all else. That makes life worth living.
33. “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC
Though it might not be appropriate for a religious or traditional funeral, there’s something bad-to-the-bone about blasting “Highway to Hell” at a funeral. Why not go out with a bang?
34. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day
Written after a breakup, Good Riddance is about trying to be level-headed when you really just want to be angry and upset.
35. “Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World dedicated this song to two sisters who were big supporters of the fan. It follows the story of their hometown dealing with their passing.
36. “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John
John’s song is a metaphor for dying before your prime. Though we all burn like the brightest flame, that light is only temporary.
37. “The Show Must Go On” by Queen
When things seem down, the show really must go on. It’s okay to feel sad, but you have to keep moving.
38. “Heroes” by David Bowie
This is one of the greatest love songs of all time. Though the love in the song is doomed to fail, “We can be heroes, just for one day.”
39. “The Funeral” by Band of Horses
“The Funeral” emphasizes the singer’s disdain for social gatherings, which they actually compares to funerals. He takes this time to question his own mortality and what comes next.
40. “Time” by Pink Floyd
This Pink Floyd song is about how time passes you by, but you’ll only realize this when it’s already gone.
Traditional Funeral Songs for a Husband
Finally, some songs are just classics. These are the picks that everyone at the service appreciates, and they’re sure to do your husband justice.
41. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
Over the rainbow is a place full of beauty and wonder. There are no troubles or worries.
42. “Rocket Man” by Elton John
This song follows the story of an astronaut who leaves for space daily, his son staying behind. The song is him explaining to his son the loneliness on such a “timeless flight.”
43. “You Can Close Your Eyes” by James Taylor
James Taylor takes the cake when it comes to funeral songs. This song is sad, but it still reminds you that better days are ahead.
44. “Asleep” by The Smiths
This song almost sounds like a lullaby, despite being intended for a funeral. Though it’s a bit dark, it’s also one of the most haunting funeral songs.
45. “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Though it’s notoriously known for its appearance in the film Dirty Dancing, this song encourages guests to look at the long, happy life your husband led.
46. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
You’ll definitely need a sense of humor for this pick, but you can’t deny this song makes you want to smile and dance.
47. “Satisfied Mind” by Johnny Cash
Another Johnny Cash classic, “Satisfied Mind” is about finding joy in the only thing that really matters: love.
48. “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Billie Holiday
This classic is as romantic as it is beautiful. You can never go wrong with Billie Holiday.
49. “Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice
This romantic song can really open the floodgates, but sometimes that’s just what the funeral needs.
50. “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
As the song goes, “And in my heart you will remain, forever young.” Is there a more touching sentiment?
Celebrate Life with Music
Music truly is a celebration of life. Even the saddest song reminds us that we’re never alone with our emotions or experiences. If your husband is no longer with you, honor his memory with the perfect funeral song.
This list above proves there truly is something for everyone. With some imagination and the perfect eulogy for a husband, you’ll craft the best playlist for your husband’s service.