125 Memorial Songs For Remembering Loved Ones Lost
A bride’s wedding is one of the most important days in her life that she plans from the time of being a young girl. However, not every wedding is a fairytale wedding with a father walking a bride down the aisle or a mother helping plan all the wedding details. Sometimes life is not what is expect and special people close to us pass away, whether it be a parent, sibling, special relative, or friend. Memorial songs celebrate the life and memories of loved ones lost.
At wedding ceremonies or wedding receptions, special songs can be played in remembrance of a special person who has passed away and not able to attend the wedding. These are the Best Memorial Songs. If you would like to play a song in remembrance at a wedding ceremony or wedding reception, we created a list of popular memorial songs. When remembering a loved one, who has passed during a wedding, we would recommend having a special object at the wedding ceremony and wedding reception in their honor. An example would be to have a lit candle in remembrance.
When selecting memorial songs, we would suggest a song that was special between the bridal couple and the person no longer living. It doesn’t matter the song or theme as it pertains to your relationship and memories together. If you do not have a specific song in mind we have listed our Top 100 Memorial Songs. We have listed many different types of music to cover anyone’s needs. We have rap, rock, country, jazz, r&b, and much more.
If you would like to think of someone who has passed away looking down on the bride and groom and/or looking over them, we would suggest the following songs: Holes In The Floor Of Heaven by Steve Wariner and Angels Among Us by Alabama. If it were a child that passed away we would suggest Angels In Waiting by Tammy Cochrane or Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton. Eric Clapton wrote the song after he lost his son.
If you would like to remember a soldier, we suggest Arlington by Trace Atkins or Live Like We Were Dying by Tim McGraw. The song played for Princess Diana, Candle In The Wind by Elton John, would be great for remembering a classy woman.
People come and go, but their memories will live on. It is very difficult for a bride and groom to have a special loved one pass early and not be able to physically attend their wedding. Therefore, we have assembled a list of our favorite in memory of songs. The songs can be played during the wedding ceremony or the wedding reception.
Top 3 Remembering a Father Songs
- Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
- In the Living Years – Mike & the Mechanics
- Thank You for Being My Dad – Jon Barker
Top 3 Remembering a Mother Songs
- Two Of Us – Louis Tomlinson
- Mama – Il Div
- Supermarket Flowers – Ed Sheeran
Top 3 Remembering a Child Songs
- Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
- Heaven Bound Balloons – Granger Smith
- Who’d You Be Today – Kenny Chesney
Top 5 Remembering A Friend Songs
- See You Again – Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
- Drink A Beer – Luke Bryan
- Broken Halos – Chris Stapleton
Top 3 Remembering A Loved One Songs
- Sad Song – We The Kings featuring Elena Coats
- Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
- My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Top 3 Remembering A Military Person Songs
- Arlington – Trace Adkins
- The Ones Who Didn’t Make it Back Home – Justin Moore
- Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus
Songs To Remember Loved Ones
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7. Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton
Eric wrote this song after the passing of his son.
Our favorite phrase in the song is as follows: “Beyond the door, there’s a peace I’m sure, and I know there’ll be no more, tears in heaven”.
6. One More Day – Diamond Rio
This is a great generic song for all the loved ones lost too early. One More Day is themed around having just one more day with a deceased friend or loved one and what we would do if we had the day.
5. Gone Too Soon – Michael Jackson
This song was dedicated to the memory of Micheal’s friend Ryan White, who was expelled from school for having HIV/AIDS.
4. Arlington – Trace Adkins
This is a great military-themed song.
Our soldiers are our heroes and should be remembered and never forgotten. They have provided us our freedom.
3. When I Look To The Sky – Train
This song is a great current mainstream rock song.
A great phrase in the song “When I look to the sky, something tells me you’re here with me and you make everything alright”.
2. People Are Crazy – Billy Currington
This is our oddball pick but one of our favorites.
The song is about a man meeting a second man in a bar and the second man passes away. The chorus of the song is said by the second man at the bar – God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy. The first man leaves a six-pack on the dead man’s grave out of respect.
1. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
This was the main theme song of the movie Titanic.
The song is about how to carry on after the death of a loved one.
Listen to our songs to remember loved ones playlist on Spotify.
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Last Updated: Jannuary 4, 2021
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