The top 13 best funeral music choices

The top 13 best funeral music choices

Music plays a vital role in funeral services, giving friends and family of the deceased an element that they can share and relate to during the ceremony. The music you select to play is a very personal choice and can help to evoke emotions and special memories of your loved one. At Lady Anne Funerals, we have helped a lot of clients choose the perfect music to create a beautiful, touching funeral ceremony in Sydney.

We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to choosing funeral music. While many people now choose contemporary music for their funeral services, others prefer to stick with tradition with popular hymns like “Amazing Grace” or “How Great Thou Art“, and these remain powerful and meaningful choices. Even though these hymns are Christian in origin, they have come to hold significance for people regardless of race or culture.


Celebrating life by choosing the right funeral song


In more recent years we have seen many families shift away from the use of sombre/religious hymns, choosing instead to focus on celebrating the life that has passed rather than the sorrow or grief. Playing vibrant, contemporary music at a funeral can be uplifting and comforting, helping to set a mood which can be humorous, poignant and bittersweet. Laughing at the end of a funeral can be cathartic, in the UK one of the most popular funeral songs is ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ by Eric Idle (of Monty Python).

Playing a loved one’s favorite songs at a funeral ceremony is also a powerful option that really captures the essence of a person and celebrates the legacy they are leaving behind. Not surprisingly, most people already have a fair idea of what songs they would want played at their own funeral.

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help you choose the perfect funeral music for your loved one, we’ve compiled a list of our ten favourite funeral songs.

We have seen some of these pieces of music create beautiful, meaningful experiences for countless families for decades; others have become popular choices much more recently:


1. My Way – Frank Sinatra


2. Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong


3. Time To Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman


4. Across the Universe - the Beatles (This version by Jim Sturgess)


5. The Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler


6. Jealous of the Angels – Donna Taggert


7. We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn


8. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen


9. Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland/Eva Cassidy/Israel Kamakawiwo'ole


10. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole


11. Supermarket Flowers - Ed Sheeran


11. Do You Realize - The Flaming Lips



13. Pure Shores - All Saints


We know that choosing the best music for a funeral ceremony can be very difficult during your time of grief. Our experienced lady funeral directors understand that the music you choose needs to be as unique and special as the person you are saying goodbye to, and we will gladly assist you with finding the right music for your service. If you’re not particularly religious, choosing more modern, popular songs may be a better fit. Or, perhaps you’d like to have a mixture of traditional funeral hymns with more contemporary songs.

Whatever your needs, our lady funeral directors in Sydney can help you find the right funeral soundtrack. At the end of the day, only you will know the best funeral music for your loved one’s service.


There is no right or wrong, and the way in which you choose to pay tribute to the dearly departed is an entirely personal choice. Our lady funeral directors are always available to provide advice and help you arrange this important aspect of your ceremony - reach out to our experienced, compassionate team today.

Planning a funeral is a difficult endeavour, which can be a large task. It can be made easier by downloading our Life Celebration Planning Guide below.


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Some of the families we've helped

“I just wanted to send you our sincerest thanks for everything you and your incredible team did for us in making the most perfect day, celebration and farewell of our beautiful Harper.

I have given a lot of thought to your business and the industry and I think it is perhaps the most important business for families to get it right when it comes to planning a funeral which may be sudden or may be a long time in the making. Either way, when one is faced with the unfortunate situation of needing to arrange a funeral, only then do you realise the importance of getting it right.

We experienced first hand the polar opposites the industry offers. It is not just about the cars, the booklets, the music and all the things that make up the day - its about the service, the care and most importantly it’s about the people.

From our very first conversation we could sense your genuine care to our situation and your attention to detail was obvious - this was very different to the previous conversations we had with others we had been referred to. Those other companies wanted to commence meetings with the paperwork side of things upfront which is a very confronting thing to do just days after losing your loved one - and when one of the others that I am referencing couldn’t even refernece our daughters name as our meeting started - we were horrified of how poor the service of care could be.

This is where you and your team shine. After feeling very lost in our search to secure the perfect funeral director to create the perfect day, my wife all of a sudden recalled you standing out the front of your office each morning watering the surrounding gardens to ensure a beautiful front of house. Well, I can assure you, it is not just the front of house that is beautiful - its the entire package that is beautiful.

Your manner, your direction and your expertise is evident from the get go. Nothing is too hard for you or your amazing team. The personal care made us feel like we were the only funeral you were working with at the time, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The finer detail, such as driving past our house so our daughter could go past our house one last time, then leaving the most beautiful flowers on our doorstep, to bumping into us at the Church because you were just doing your own research to make sure the day was seamless. This combined with your recommendations from every aspect as everything was very foreign to us, you were able to guide us to achieve the most beautiful farewell.

The day itself was simply perfect. Not once did we have a concern. The car was shining, your team dressed beautifully, cold water provided for us, directions for our guests, directions for us. Everyone commented on how amazing the day was and how incredibly your team were. Seamless is the only word I can use. It doesn’t stop here.

Your personal care and guidance then allowed us a more intimate farewell the following day (we are so grateful for for this recommendation and possibly would have missed this special day if you had suggested it was the best idea). Again, you and your team made us feel like you had nowhere else to be, and no one else to help. Just us. The setting was beautiful, the celebrant (that you arrange and recommend) is a delightful, your team make this day even more special than the last.

This is something we never want to go through again but there will be so many others, that like us, have no idea where to start to look for the right funeral director for their own special day. All I can say is that I hope that they appoint Lady Anne Funerals. We learnt a lot quickly and it is again a business many do not ever consider needing but without question one of the most important businesses to select the right person and the right team.

I welcome any of your future potential clients to contact me if they wish to discuss our experience with the amazing Lady Anne team. We thank you for giving our beautiful baby the most incredible farewell that was exactly how we imagined it, you just made it happen.”

Lee Dowdall

“We wish to thank you for having helped us put together a beautiful farewell for our mother, one which she would have been delighted with.

It was a difficult day and it would have been worse without your synchronised, seamless and consistent presence as well as attention to detail.

We value your candour as the people you are and the very sensitive manner in which you conducted the service.

Thanking you from the bottom of our hearts,

The Pastore Family
Karen has supported my Mum and me through the most difficult week of our lives as we not only planned a funeral, but interred my Dad to his new home. I will be forever grateful to Karen for her ongoing support, guidance, kindness, empathy and friendship over the last week. Karen has now become part of our extended circle of close family friends.
Daughter of the late Sveta Dordevich
Lady Anne Funerals has the compassion, understanding and empathy that many of the larger funeral homes do not possess. My aunts funeral was dignified and classy everything she deserved. I would highly recommend Lady Anne (and have) as they go above and beyond.
Joanne Marks
I am overwhelmed with the feedback on how beautiful it all was from all who attended. You and the other ladies were wonderful, looked so elegant, and made the day so very special for all who loved Paul.
Barbara Sommerville Enright
Karen and her staff treated us with the utmost respect we could not have been in better hands during this difficult time. My mum had organised her funeral with a prepaid funeral plan which she had purchased from Karen almost ten years ago this also made this upsetting time much easier to deal with and she got all the things that she wished for.
Malcolm Ellis
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Lady Anne Funerals for a beautiful service yesterday for my aunt Dot. All who attended commented on how lovely the service was & the professionalism of all the staff. Thanks again very much for helping making a sad day one of celebration of Dot’s life.
Judith Neville

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