41 Touching Songs For A Funeral Slideshow

Funeral slideshows can help memorialize passed away loved ones through a series of photos. Choosing a song to play in the background can be difficult because of how personal a funeral can be.

The song you choose can help bring emotions forward. Whether you want the memories to feel bittersweet, joyful, or sorrowful, there are plenty of touching songs to choose from.

Here are the best songs for a funeral slideshow.


“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

Song Year: 1992

“I Will Always Love You” is a funeral classic for an assortment of reasons, the main being how lyrically beautiful this song is. With this version having the stunning voice of Whitney Houston, it’s perfect.

It’s a gentle farewell full of love, peace, and acceptance. A slide show for a loved one with this song in the background is certain to make us cry but also remember the life of our loved one was full of love.

“To Build a Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra

Song Year: 2007

The Cinematic Orchestra blows us away with their powerful instrumental in their song, “To Build a Home.” The lyrics are about building a home with someone you love and watching it crumble. It’s a beautiful way to describe a deep and meaningful relationship with someone.

While it may be a heartwrenching song lyrically for a funeral, the violin, piano, and other instruments present throughout most of the song make it perfect for a slideshow.

“When We Were Young” by Adele

Song Year: 2015

Looking at past photographs of a loved one, especially a significant other, can be difficult when you think back on the memories you share. “When We Were Young” is a song about missing the feeling of being young and in love.

Adele delivers a heart-wrenching performance with strong vocals that evoke pain, desperation, and sorrow. It’s a beautiful song, despite its mournful tones, one that would fit perfectly behind a slideshow of your passed wife, husband, lover, or friend.

“Photograph” by Ed Sheeran

Song Year: 2014

“Photograph” is not only a great fit because of the name but because of the emotions evoked in the lyrics and singer’s voice. Ed Sheeran has a large number of songs that stun us with how emotionally taxing they can be to listen to, and photograph is one.

Yet, it’s almost hopeful in a way. It’s a song about holding onto pictures of loved ones and how we can capture such strong emotions through an image. Looking back on their photos at a funeral is bittersweet.

We can cherish the memories we have but feel sorrow for the ones we’ll never make again.

“Yellow” by Coldplay

Song Year: 2000

“Yellow” is a beautiful song about loving someone with your entire being; because of them, you’re joyful just to be alive. They make you happy and give your life purpose.

Coldplay reminds us that even though love can be painful, it makes you think about how significant it is to even feel love and be loved so strongly by another.

Our loved ones make our lives brighter, and losing them is the worst feeling in the world, but it’s better to have felt love than none at all.

“Yesterday” by The Beatles

Song Year: 1965

“Yesterday” is a song about wanting to go back in time, even a day would do, just to right the wrongs of the past. It has sorrow and regret, but it’s also about wanting our loved one to return to us.

It has gentle lyrics, which makes it lovely to listen to while reminiscing on our loved ones. There is also a part in the song that questions why they had to leave, but sometimes there is no answer.

“Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Song Year: 2009

“Home” is one of the more upbeat songs on our list because its lyrics are full of life, love, and joy. While a song this happy isn’t for everyone on the day of a funeral, this song pays tribute to the love and light our loved one felt in life and death.

They will always be a part of us, and home will always be with them and never be the same without them.

“If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks

Song Year: 1989

Garth Brooks breaks hearts with his rendition of “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” This song is even more difficult to process once you’ve lost a loved one, but the reason it’s on our list is that sometimes we need to hear it.

Our loved ones loved us as much as we loved them, and that’s something to never forget. Although their tomorrow never came, we knew they loved us.

“Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson

Song Year: 2009

“Breakaway” is a song about exploring dreams and leaving the life you once lived to find a new and better one. While the lyrics revolve around dreams, the mention of having wings and flying can also be relatable to a loved one who passed on.

Kelly Clarkson sings beautifully and evokes an intense need to break free, and although their passing is tragic, looking through a slideshow with this song uplifts and remembers our loved ones in a positive light.

“I’m Already There” by Lonestar

Song Year: 2001

Lonestar creates heartwrenching yet uplighting lyrics in their song, “I’m Already There.” Although we may not be beside our loved ones physically anymore, this song expresses how they never leave us. They are with us everywhere we go.

“Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas

Song year: 2011

“Little Wonders” is a beautiful funeral song. It focuses on the small moments in life, the same way a photograph does. The same way we remember these precious moments in our minds is the same way these photos capture our loved ones.

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