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16 Best Rock Funeral Songs


Rock and roll has a timeless appeal, with bands like Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses, and solo acts like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, creating songs that tug at our heartstrings. While the genre might not dominate the music scene as it once did, it still has a passionate following. If your loved one was a rock fan, creating a rock funeral playlist is a fitting tribute. Here’s a list of 16 rock songs that are perfect for a funeral.

  1. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Guns N’ Roses)
    Originally by Bob Dylan, this version with Axl Rose’s voice and Slash’s solos reflects on life and its fleeting nature.
  2. Stairway To Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
    Known for its mystical lyrics and shifting tones, this iconic song transitions from a slow pace to a powerful guitar solo, making it a popular choice for funerals.
  3. Yesterday (The Beatles)
    A song about longing for simpler times and loved ones, making it a heartfelt choice for remembering the past.
  4. Candle in the Wind (Elton John)
    Written in memory of Marilyn Monroe and later re-written for Princess Diana, this song is a poignant tribute to lives lost too soon.
  5. The Show Must Go On (Queen)
    Written by Freddie Mercury near his death, this song is about determination and continuing on despite the odds.
  6. Who Wants to Live Forever (Queen)
    Written by Brian May during Freddie Mercury’s battle with AIDS, it addresses the fear of death and the question of immortality.
  7. Tears In Heaven (Eric Clapton)
    A deeply emotional ballad written after the tragic death of Clapton’s son, expressing hope of reuniting in heaven.
  8. Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley)
    Buckley’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s song is melancholic and conveys deep sorrow, making it a touching choice.
  9. Good Riddance [Time of Your Life] (Green Day)
    Despite its title, the song is about cherishing every moment of life, making it a fitting tribute.
  10. November Rain (Guns N’ Roses)
    A rock ballad offering closure, reminding us to cherish the past and be grateful for what we had.
  11. In My Life (The Beatles)
    A song about introspection and the meaning people bring to our lives, emphasizing the importance of relationships.
  12. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
    A song about longing for someone who’s no longer in your life, expressing deep yearning and loss.
  13. Everybody Hurts (R.E.M)
    A reminder that pain and sadness are universal, and it’s okay to feel and express grief.
  14. Shadow Of The Day (Linkin Park)
    This modern rock song teaches us the difficult lesson of letting go for the sake of everyone involved.
  15. I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing (Aerosmith)
    From the movie Armageddon, it’s about cherishing every moment with loved ones and not wanting to miss a single moment.
  16. Funeral for a Friend (Elton John)
    Written about the fast-paced life of a rock icon, it’s a fitting tribute to those who lived life to the fullest.


Creating a rock funeral playlist should reflect the tastes and personality of the deceased. Include songs that were precious to them and that describe their life and spirit. These songs not only pay tribute but also bring comfort and a sense of connection to everyone present. Now that you have a list of the greatest rock songs for a funeral, you can also check out the Top 30 Funeral Songs of All Time for a more comprehensive guide on creating a general playlist.