Music is one of the most uplifting and inspiring ways for people to connect during challenging times. Death, grief, and missing someone are all common themes in music.
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It can be difficult to find the right songs to celebrate and honor an important person. And it’s an often overlooked piece of a memorial service, funeral, or virtual funeral service. But, the song selection of a service can go a long way towards helping people find peace of mind.
For many people, the idea that their loved one is in Heaven brings them a lot of peace. And can help them with their grief. If you’ve been searching for the perfect song about heaven, then you’ve come to the right place. This list includes some very moving songs about heaven. These songs encompass a variety of genres to suit your musical tastes. You are sure to find the perfect fit for your playlist.
Best Gospel Songs About Heaven
Gospel music is uplifting. And it can provide a beautiful feeling of peace and acceptance. Here are a few gospel songs about heaven that you may choose to play during a funeral.
1. "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe
When MercyMe hit the gospel music scene in the 1990s, this song was an instant crowd favorite. It focuses on the beauty and overwhelming sense of wonder a person will feel when they get to heaven.
2. "Goin’ Up Yonder" by Walter Hawkins
Walter Hawkins delivers a beautiful reminder with his song, “Goin’ Up Yonder”. His song talks about living your best life until you go through the gates to meet your savior.
3. "Heaven’s Jubilee" by Christian Gospel Choir
Many people associate heaven with a celebration. “Heaven’s Jubilee” is a song that celebrates what it means to finally be reunited with Jesus. And it talks about experiencing all the goodness that heaven has to offer.
4. "Heaven Came Down" by Eastman Trio Gospel Group
This song expresses the hope that many people have that they will enter heaven one day. “Heaven Came Down” is a beautiful reminder that death is not the ending. Rather it is only the beginning of something bigger and better.
5. "Mansion on a Hilltop" by Ira Stanphill
“Mansion on a Hilltop” is a simple melody. But the lyrics are touching. They explain that our earthly home is only temporary and our true home is in heaven. This song would be an especially uplifting funeral song. Its message will speak directly to people’s hearts.
6. "There Will be a Day" by Jeremy Camp
For those that long to go to heaven someday, this song is an excellent option to add to your playlist. It’s a lovely reminder of what is to come once you transition out of this life.
7. "When the Roll is Called up Yonder" by James M. Black
This song is a wonderful depiction of what to expect after death. It’s also a reminder that our time on earth is temporary. But heaven is waiting for us. For all those people hoping to enter heaven after they die, this song is a great choice.
8. "The Holy Hills of Heaven" by Bill and Gloria Gaither
“The Holy Hills of Heaven” is a wonderful song that depicts what it must be like in heaven. It is a beautiful way to remind mourners that their loved one is now somewhere much better.
9. "Heaven’s Sounding Sweeter" by The Dewey’s
Many people dream about the day that they get to enter heaven. This song is about when someone is finally ready to make that transition. This would be a wonderful selection for someone who is making peace with the end of their time on Earth. Or for the family of someone nearing the end of their life.
10. "I Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven" by Keith Green
Heaven is described as a beautiful and perfect place. There’s no denying that people of faith look forward to the day that they get to finally go there. Keith Green expresses that sentiment perfectly in this beautiful gospel song.
Best Christian Songs About Heaven
Searching for the perfect song to share with a Christian friend? Here are a few song choices that may fit the bill. Each of these songs talk about heaven through the lens of religion. For those with strong religious beliefs these are great songs to choose from.
11. "Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There" by Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson is known for her pop songs, but that isn’t the only music genre she works in. She delivers a soulful message in this powerful ballad. “Jesus Promised Me a Home Over There” is a reminder of what is to come after death. If you are a person of faith, this song is a good addition to your playlist.
12. "Heaven’s Now My Home" by Libby Allen
If ever you needed the perfect happy anniversary in heaven song then look no further than “Heaven’s Now My Home”. It’s a tune that expresses just how wonderful heaven is for the person who has passed on.
13. "All the Heavens" by Third Day
Simple, yet powerful, this song is sure to move you and help you find peace during the loss of a loved one. This song can do a lot to help if you are mourning and trying to make sense of your grief.
14. "Save a Place for Me" by Mathew West
When someone you love passes away, it can be hard to imagine life without them. But, this song provides some comfort. It reminds you that your loved one is saving a place for you on the other side.
15. "Dancing with the Angels" by Monk and Neagle
“Dancing with the Angels' ' offers a beautiful depiction of what it is like to die and go to heaven. This song is touching and offers an uplifting tone to any funeral ceremony.
16. "Majesty of Heaven" by Chris Tomlin
Just the title of this song stirs something deep within you. It is a clear reminder that heaven is the ultimate destination. Instead of mourning, celebrate the fact that those who have passed away are in heaven.
17. "Live on Forever" by The Afters
People with a religious background understand that when you die, it’s not really the end. Instead, you will live on forever in the great glory land of heaven. This song is a perfect explanation of that idea.
18. "Long Way Home" by Neon Feather
This song offers a lighter approach to the explanation of what heaven is like. It also explains the journey to get to heaven. It’s touching, moving, and an excellent addition to your playlist.
19. "Prince of Heaven" by Hillsong Worship
This song offers a lovely description of heaven. And it also reminds the listener of the importance of keeping Jesus as a cornerstone in your life. This is an excellent song for those who might prefer a more religious tone for their funeral.
20. "Heaven" by Hillsong United
This song depicts how much you are truly connected to God and heaven. It’s a sweet song that gently directs people to look toward the beauty of heaven. It also encourages the listener to celebrate their loved one’s journey to heaven. It reminds you to focus on the positive, rather than the negative.
Best Country Songs About Heaven
If you’re a country music lover, then you’ll appreciate this shortlist of country songs about heaven. Each song has a distinct sound and creates a certain mood. Try to consider the funeral as a whole when selecting the songs you will add to the playlist.
21. "Go Rest High on the Mountain" by Vince Gill
There have been several renditions of this classic song about heaven. Vince Gill can be credited with making it popular among country music lovers. It’s a song that reminds you that heaven is a place of peace and tranquility.
22. "Angels Among Us" by Alabama
This song explains that we are all simply angels waiting for our turn to go to heaven. It’s a sweet and precious song. It can help grievers find the peace that they need as they cope with the loss of a loved one.
23. "If Heaven" by Andy Driggs
Andy Driggs sings a moving ballad that describes what heaven must be like. If you’ve ever tried to imagine what heaven would look and feel like, give this song a listen. It can certainly help you explain what you imagine when you think of heaven.
24. "When I Get Where I’m Going" by Brad Paisley
Songs such as “When I Get Where I’m Going” can offer a level of comfort to those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. This song describes heaven and just how amazing it is.
25. "If Heaven Wasn’t so Far Away" by Justin Moore
This song takes on a slightly different tone. It focuses on the reality of how much we miss those that have passed away. If only heaven was closer, then we could easily visit the ones we're missing.
26. "When We All Get to Heaven" by Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley does it again with this incredible song. It’s about what it will be like once you get to heaven. This song is a reminder that we’ll meet our loved ones again someday. And when we do, it is sure to be a beautiful experience.
27. "Everyone Wants to Go to Heaven" by Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney’s song reminds us that entering heaven is the goal of many people. But for some, it may not feel like the right time to go there. It’s a song that depicts heaven for the paradise that it is, but also validates that it's hard to leave the life that we know.
28. "Streets of Heaven” by Sherrie Austin
This song describes what the streets of heaven could be like. And it imagines how joyous it will be to get there someday.
29. "If You Came Back from Heaven" by Lorrie Morgan
This song asks a challenging question. What would it be like if someone we loved was able to come back from heaven to see us once more? It's a song about mourning the loss of someone near and dear to you. It also tries to normalize how much we miss those who have passed away.
30. "Letter to Heaven" by Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton’s iconic voice delivers once again. This touching song is about communicating with someone who has passed away. Mourning is a critical part of the grieving process. This song reminds us that it is okay to grieve. And that we shouldn’t feel guilty or uncomfortable with our grieving process.
Playlists that Move Your Heart
The song selection is a critical part of a funeral plan. Music can be the thing that brings people together when they are grieving. And it can be the catalyst for helping them through their grief. When choosing a song or creating a playlist, consider the mood of the entire ceremony. And think about how you want people to feel. These songs are likely more suited for individuals who prefer a religious tone to their funeral. But they can be appropriate for a less religious ceremony too.
It all depends on the service and the person whose life you are celebrating. There isn’t a wrong choice on this list, but take the time you need to choose the song that most speaks to you. Chances are, it will speak to everyone else too.