Now that’s what I call mourning #1

Now that’s what I call mourning #1

Now that’s what I call mourning #1 1200 801 DeadHappy

Only music may speak about death.

Now while we may not agree with Malraux on everything (mainly because we’d never heard of him until we started writing this article), we have to agree with him on this one.

When it comes to saying goodbye to a loved one, words can often fail us. Music, however, never fails to articulate those emotions. And it’s not all doom and gloom either – sombre hymns are increasingly falling out of favour at modern funerals. While emotional songs are a mainstay of funeral playlists, people are feeling increasingly comfortable opting for pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, TV themes, and it turns out that reports of disco’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

Thank you for the music

As we mentioned in our previous post, there’s no shortage of ways to inject some fun into your funeral. There is, however, one key aspect of your funeral that we’d like to dive a little deeper into – the music.

At DeadHappy we’ve gone to the trouble of compiling a few thought-provoking funeral songs. Some are appropriate, some are possibly inappropriate, but it’s your opinion that counts at the end of the day.

Burial beats

What better place to start than with the traditional burial? While no longer the UK’s favoured funeral format, plenty of people are dying to buy a self-fertilising plot of land. Here are some potential tunes for those looking to be laid to rest six feet under.

Going underground

The Jam

in a box

Living in a box


Status Quo



Cremation chorus

Cremations have come a long way since their legalisation in 1884. They are now the most popular funeral choice in the UK with over 60% of people preferring to be cremated over buried. Here are some of our favourite combustible compositions:


Arthur Brown


The Trammps

in here



The prodigy

Set fire
to the rain


Funeral Fails

For good measure, we’d thought we’d throw in some tracks that you’re probably better off avoiding unless of course, you want to run the risk of alienating family members or reopening old wounds.

If you don't
know me by now

Simply Red


Bee Gees

to Hell



The Wizard of Oz

me up


Waiting for
the worms

Pink Floyd

Cold as


Take my
breath away


Play that funky music

Whatever music you choose for your funeral, make sure you’re choosing it for the right reasons. Forget about tradition and play the songs that will best celebrate your life.

Check out our deathwishes to see how you can make your ideal funeral a reality as well as take care of your nearest and dearest.

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