I've been working on a living will and actual will and plans for my own funeral. I know that sounds morbid and maybe I'll list about the reasons why eventually, but for now I'm wondering if anyone else has a song that they want played at their funeral.
  1. Modest Mouse - Spitting Venom
    The entire song is appropriate but at 4:16 the horn starts and for some reason I always close my eyes and smile. I feel peaceful. I can't think of anything else that would make sense to be played.
  2. I Shall Be Released - Bob Dylan
    "I see my light come shining. From the West Unto the East. Any day now, any day now, I shall be released"
    Suggested by @hillary79
  3. My Way - Frank Sinatra
    we played this song at my Dad's funeral and it was just too perfect for him. It's a super special song to me. ☺️
    Suggested by @jessicaz
  4. One Sweet Day - Boys to Men and Mariah Carey
    My mom went to a funeral of a coworker's child when I was little and they played this song. She would cry every time it played on the radio for a couple weeks after. It's a pretty uplifting song but also represents my style of music and my favorite decade.
    Suggested by @Boogie
  5. Beam Me Up - Pink
    I listened to this song a lot when I was missing a friend of mine who had passed. It's basically saying "I just need to talk to you and hear your voice once more." It's a pretty ballad of hers, and again, it means something to me, so it would make my funeral quite personalized.
    Suggested by @Boogie
  6. I'll be missing you P.Diddy
    Suggested by @karlalucia
  7. The Parting Glass - Ed Sheeran
    It's an obvious choice for a funeral, but it also happens to play at the end of my very favorite movie ever, "Waking Ned Devine". There are a lot of great versions of this song out there, but Ed's is simple and gorgeous.
    Suggested by @brookbabbles
  8. Caravan - Van Morrison
    Nick Hornby wrote an excellent essay on this being his wake song (about gathering with old friends)
    Suggested by @dreadpiratemama
  9. Come a Long Way — Michelle Shocked (however ...)
    This was to be the anchor song on my party playlist. It was an homage to being an L.A. native. But then the singer had that horrifying rant against gays in a San Francisco nightclub, and now I just can't. I need to see if someone else has recorded it—or get someone to record it for me.
    Suggested by @Dashelamet
  10. Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
    A friend once told me that they wanted this played at their funeral because they liked the juxtaposition of the lyrics quite literally about the afterlife/dying but a kind of sonic/musical vibe absolutely the opposite.
    Suggested by @americson
  11. Sing Me Out - Kate Campbell
    Suggested by @solitarygigi