memorial songs to remember those lost

Memorial Songs For Remembering Loved Ones Lost


Music accompanies all phases of life. Birth. Graduation. Marriage. Holidays. Death. Music is power. It communicates with our souls — our very being. Where words fail, music takes the lead. Here is a list of the best memorial songs to remember loved ones.

Why Are We Listing Memorial Songs on a Wedding Site?

Unfortunately, life is complicated. Yes, a wedding day is one of the most important days for a bride. She has been planning it since her childhood. However, not every wedding is a fairytale wedding — at least not the Disney kind. Though you may have wished your father could walk you down the aisle, sadly, he has passed. Maybe you dreamed your mother would help plan all of the wedding details.

More than we’d like, life is not what is expected and special people close to us pass away, whether it be a parent, sibling, special relative, or friend. Memorial songs allow you to make room in your special day to celebrate the life and memories of your lost loved one.

memorial songs to remember those lost


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100 Memorial Songs To Play At Weddings

We have assembled a list of our favorites “in memory of” songs. The songs can be played during the wedding ceremony or the wedding reception. If we missed one that should be on the list, let us know in the comments.

Memorial dance song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: June 28, 2021

SongAmazon Link
Angels Among Us
1993, Country
Alan Jackson
Remember When
2003, Country
Alex Warren
One More I Love You
2021, Indie
Alison Krauss
The Lucky One
2001, Bluegrass
Alter Bridge
In Loving Memory
2004, Rock
Angelina Jordan
Million Miles
2020, Pop
Avenged Sevenfold
So Far Away
2010, Rock
Bee Gees
Wish You Were Here
1989, Pop
Billy Currington
People Are Crazy
2009, Country
Billy Ray Cyrus
Some Gave All
1992, Country
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Tha Crossroads
1996, Hip Hop
Boyz II Men
It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday
1991, R&B
Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton
When I Get Where I'm Going
2005, Country
Brett Eldredge
Sunday Drive
2020, Country
Brian Fallon
21 Days
2020, Folk
Brooks & Dunn
2005, Country
Carly Pearce
Show Me Around
2020, Country
Celine Dion
My Heart Will Go On
1997, Pop
Chris Stapleton
Broken Halos
2017, Country
Chris Young
2019, Country
Cole Swindell
You Should Be Here
2016, Country
Corinne Bailey Rae
Are You Here
2009, Pop
Craig Morgan
The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost
2019, Country
Dani and Lizzy
Dancing in the Sky
2016, Pop
Darryl Worley
I Miss My Friend
2002, Country
Diamond Rio
One More Day
2001, Country
Diana Ross
Missing You
1984, R&B
Dream Academy
Life In A Northern Town
1985, Pop
Ed Sheeran
Supermarket Flowers
2017, Pop
Elton John
Candle In The Wind
1997, Pop
Eric Clapton
Tears In Heaven
1992, Rock
Escape Club
I'll Be There
1991, Rock
Breathe No More
2005, Rock
Foo Fighters
The Last Song
2005, Rock
Granger Smith
Heaven Bound Balloons
2019, Country
Gwen Stefani
Wonderful Life
2006, Pop
Hollywood Undead
Coming Back Down
2011, Rock
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
1990, World
Jack Johnson
Go On
2008, Folk Rock
Jeff Buckley
2015, Rock
Jenn Bostic
Jealous of the Angels
2021, Folk
Angel Standing By
1995, Pop
Jo Dee Messina
If Heaven Was Needing A Hero
2010, Country
Joe Diffie
Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die)
1993, Country
John Michael Montgomery
I Miss You A Little
1997, Country
Jon Barker
Thank You for Being My Dad
2011, Folk
Jon Bon Jovi
August 7, 4:15
1997, Rock
Josh Groban
For Always
2001, Pop
Justin Moore
The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home
2019, Country
K. Michelle
A Mother’s Prayer
2013, R&B
Keith Urban
Song For Dad
2002, Country
Kenny Chesney
Knowing You
2020, Country
Kenny Chesney
Who You'd Be Today
2005, Country
Goodnight, Travel Well
2008, Rock
LeAnn Rimes
Probably Wouldn't Be This Way
2005, Country
Lorrie Morgan
If You Came Back From Heaven
1994, Country
Louis Tomlinson
Two Of Us
2019, Pop
Love Street Lovers
Not Far Away
2020, Pop
Luke Bryan
Drink A Beer
2013, Country
Luther Vandross
Dance With My Father
2003, R&B
Mariah Carey
Bye Bye
2008, Pop
Mark Wills
Wish You Were Here
1998, Country
Michael Jackson
Gone Too Soon
1993, Pop
Mike + The Mechanics
The Living Years
1988, Rock
2002, Hip Hop
Stop Crying Your Heart Out
2002, Pop
Patrick Droney
2020, Pop
Pearl Jam
Last Kiss
1999, Rock
Pet Shop Boys
Being Boring
1999, Pop
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
1975, Rock
Puff Daddy & Faith Evans
I'll Be Missing You
1997, Hip Hop
Robbie Williams
1997, Pop
1984, Rock
Sarah Brightman
Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro)
1995, Pop
Sarah McLachlan
I Will Remember You
1995, Pop
Call Me
2008, Rock
Simple Plan
Gone Too Soon
2011, Pop
Sonic Youth
1992, Rock
Tangled up in You
2008, Rock
Steve Wariner
Holes In The Floor Of Heaven
1998, Country
Stone Sour
Through Glass
2006, Rock
Sum 41
With Me
2007, Punk
Tammy Cochran
Angels In Waiting
2001, Country
Tanya Tucker
Forever Loving You
2017, Country
The Innocence Mission
On Your Side
2019, Folk
The Script
If You Could See Me Now
2012, Pop
Thomas Rhett
Heaven Right Now
2021, Country
Toby Keith
Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)
2009, Country
Trace Adkins
2005, Country
When I Look To The Sky
2004, Rock
Travis Smith
Fishing in the Sky
2017, Country
Trisha Yearwood
I'll Carry You Home
2019, Country
One Tree Hill
1988, Rock
Vince Gill
Go Rest High On That Mountain
1995, Country
Warren Zevon
Keep Me In Your Heart
2003, Rock
We The Kings featuring Elena Coats
Sad Song
2013, Indie
We Three
Heaven's Not Too Far (Radio Version)
2018, Pop
Willie Nelson
Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
1981, Country
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
See You Again
2015, Hip Hop
An Original Man (A Song for Keith)
2003, Rock

Have a favorite, not on our list? Be sure to share your song at the bottom of the list.

Top 3 Remembering a Father Songs

  1. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
  2. In the Living Years – Mike & the Mechanics
  3. Thank You for Being My Dad – Jon Barker

Top 3 Remembering a Mother Songs

  1. Two Of Us – Louis Tomlinson
  2. Mama – Il Div
  3. Supermarket Flowers – Ed Sheeran

Top 3 Remembering a Child Songs

  1. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
  2. Heaven Bound Balloons – Granger Smith
  3. Who’d You Be Today – Kenny Chesney

Top 5 Remembering A Friend Songs

  1. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
  2. Drink A Beer – Luke Bryan
  3. Broken Halos – Chris Stapleton

Top 3 Remembering A Loved One Songs

  1. Sad Song – We The Kings featuring Elena Coats
  2. Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
  3. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

Top 3 Remembering A Military Person Songs

  1. Arlington – Trace Adkins 
  2. The Ones Who Didn’t Make it Back Home – Justin Moore
  3. Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus

What Music Is Appropriate for a Funeral?

What songs should you play at a funeral or celebration of life? We have some suggestions of how you can celebrate a loved one’s passing with one of these memorial songs.

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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.

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When Can a Memorial Song Be Played at My Wedding?

At wedding ceremonies or receptions, a memorial song can be played in remembrance of a special person who has passed away. When is up to you? As always, we recommend chatting with your wedding planner and professional DJ.

When remembering a loved one during a wedding, we 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.

How Do I Choose A Good Memorial Song To Play at My Wedding?

When selecting memorial songs, we suggest finding a song that was special between the wedding couple and the person no longer living. It can be any song you like. It doesn’t have to be a slow or sad song either. It’s a time set aside to honor your parent, friend, or family member. If you do not have a specific song in mind, we have listed our Top 100 Memorial Songs. Maybe one of these songs will We have songs from all genres to meet your needs. We have rap, rock, country, jazz, r&b, and much more.

Looking Down From Heaven

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 was a child that passed away, we 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 you, as the wedding couple, to have a special loved one pass early and not be able to attend your wedding. Honoring them in song helps.

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12 responses to “Best Memorial Songs For Remembering Loved Ones”

  1. Bridget M Willard says:

    Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.

  2. Charles Jacoby says:

    I lost my son Michael who was only 18 tragically to a dui driver 2 months ago. Some very good songs are “Call Me” Shinedown “Pieces” Sum 41 Stonesour “Through the glass” “Coming Back Down” Hollywood Undead “Tangled up in you” Staind “Gone too soon” Simple Plan “Stop Crying Your eyes out” Oasis “If you could see me now” The Script “With Me” Sum 41 hope this helps some people out there as much as they’ve helped me.

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      Hi Charles. Sorry to hear about your son. Prayers for you and your family. Thank you for the song suggestions. We will add them to the list!

  3. Mackenzie says:

    So Far Away by Avenged Sevenfold?

  4. Rosie says:

    Great list! I have another addition cole swindale “you should be here”

  5. Patricia Meadows says:

    These are all really great suggestions but I have another that might be fitting… “if heaven wasn’t far away” by Justin Moore

  6. Donna bunch says:

    I recently lost my son he was 38
    I would like some suggestion for songs to play at his memorial

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      Hi Donna. Sorry for your loss. Many of the songs above are great. However, I would suggest playing songs more to his personality. For example, If he was an upbeat, fun loving guy, then have happy songs in celebration of his life instead of the stereotypical songs played at memorials. Hope this helps. God Bless.

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