When planning a memorial service, the music is a critical part. Many people are using popular songs rather than the traditional organ music, for a more contemporary service. Here are the top 10 most popular songs we have found that people are using for funerals, memorials, and life celebrations.

We have monitored which songs are most often purchased by people looking for songs for a funeral. Most of the songs are contemporary, and many of them are about angels, which are a popular theme for a funeral.

Before choosing a song, you will want to listen to the song and read all of the lyrics to make sure it works well for you.

Angel – by Sarah McLachlan

This song is very modern and beautiful. The main lyric:

“You’re in the arms of the angel

May you find some comfort here”

To Where You Are – by Josh Groban

A moving song with a operatic and dramatic feel. Hearing the song makes you want to cry.

“Fly me up to where you are

Beyond the distant star

I wish upon tonight

To see you smile

If only for awhile to know you’re there”

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamamawiwo’ole

Mashing together the classic songs “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World”, this song has added a Hawaiian feel and very laid-back vibe. It features ukulele music and has been included in several movie soundtracks. The artist died at the age of 38 in 1997.

“Somewhere over the rainbow

Blue birds fly

and the dream that I dare to

Oh why, oh why can’t I

Well I see trees of green and

Red roses too

I’ll watch them grow for

Me and you”

Sissy’s Song – By Alan Jackson

This country song is a good song for the funeral of a young woman. It was written for the funeral of a woman who worked for Alan Jackson, after she died in a motorcycle accident.

“Lovely, sweet young woman

Daughter, wife and mother

Makes no sense to me…

…She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels

By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees

And she walks with Jesus and her loved ones waiting”

I Will Remember You – by Sarah McLachlan

Another by Sarah McLachlan makes the top ten. This song is tied with “Borrowed Angels” for the number 1 spot.

“But I will remember you

Will you remember me?

Don’t let your life pass you by

Weep not for the memories”

Borrowed Angels – By Kristin Chenoweth

There is a classical feel to this song. This song and “I Will Remember You” are the two most popular songs. The song was performed by Chenoweth during the 9/11 commemoration ceremony in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2010. This song would work especially well for a funeral of a child or baby.

“There must be Borrowed Angels, here in this life

They come along, into this world, and make this world bright

They can’t stay forever, cause they’re heaven sent

And sometimes, heaven needs them back again “

Angels Among Us – by Alabama

This song tends to get stuck in your mind. It’s a sweet, touching song with a catchy melody, and it was written by Becky Hobbs and Don Goodman.

“They wear so many faces

Show up in the strangest places

Grace us with their mercy

In our time of need”

When I Get Where I’m Going – By Brad Paisley

Featuring Dolly Parton, this country song is a nice one for a grandfather. The music video features several people holding photos of loved ones who have died, including Michael Reagan holding a photo of Ronald Reagan, Dolly Parton holding a photo of her grandfather, and John Carter Cash with a photo of his parents, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

“I’m gonna walk with my grand daddy

And he’ll match me step for step

And I’ll tell him how I missed him

Every minute since he left

Then I’ll hug his neck”

Dancing With the Angels – By Monk and Neagle

This is a Christian group from Amarillo, Texas. The song is perfect for a funeral and is very uplifting with an acoustic pop sound.

“You’re dancing with the angels

Heaven fills your eyes

Now that you’re dancing with the angels”

You’ll Be In My Heart – By Phil Collins

This song from “Tarzan” would be good for a grandfather or father because it speaks of “my arms will hold you safe and strong”. It’s a popular song that most people know.

“You’ll be in my heart

No matter what they say

You’ll be here

in my heart always

Always “

Any of these songs would be fitting for a funeral or memorial. If you use several songs, you could burn a CD with the songs and add some other favorite songs of your loved one. Give the CD to friends and family as a reminder of the person you have lost.

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