Best Classic Rock Funeral Songs

Best Classic Rock Funeral Songs

Classic Rock and Funerals are not often considered in the same breath and admittedly the paring is not for everyone. If the deceased was a fan and the selection appropriately reflects their personality, then go for it, a little splash of the unexpected may be just what is needed to make the ceremony unforgettable. Here’s a list of what we think are the best classic rock funeral songs to help you let the creative flag fly.

Best Classic Rock Funeral Songs


Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton – this is already a beautify song but it resonates so well in a funeral setting because the loss of a young son is what inspired Clapton to write this song.

Imagine – John Lennon – Lennon was a legendary song writer and this song is profoundly capable of capturing our (no pun intended) imagination.

Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin – Zeppelin is my favorite rock band so of course this tune will play at my funeral and it’ll make this list for me every time.

Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

Forever Young – Bob Dylan

End of the Line – Traveling Wilburys – This tune is a little playful so it’s not for everyone but in the right circumstance or setting it might be perfect.

Yesterday – The Beatles

Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon and Garfunkel – This is another favorite song of mine, I believe the tone and tenor of the song make it appropriate is a setting such as this.

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Guns N’Roses – This a Dylan classic but GnR did a respectable cover. There’s no subtly in the selection but that’s part of what makes it so great.

Let it Be – Beatles

Death is Not the End – Bob Dylan

In My Life – Beatles

The Long and Winding Road – Beatles

Turn, Turn, Turn – The Byrds – This is another great selection for a life celebration ceremony

You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

Beautiful Day – U2 – This is an upbeat and inspiring song. It would make a great selection for a celebration of life ceremony where the celebration of a well loved decedent, of a life well lived is indeed make for a beaultiful day

Fields of Gold – Sting


Do you have a favorite funeral song? Please help someone else in their time of loss by sharing your selections and experiences in the comments below.