Looking for funeral songs from the 90s? Maybe your loved one who passed away grew up during this time? Or you first met during the decade? Perhaps you celebrated big milestones together like weddings or children being born that are tied to songs that bring back fond memories? Whatever your reason, here are some of the most popular that you might want to choose from.
Funeral songs from the 90s
Angels – Robbie Williams
Angels by Robbie Williams is without a doubt one of the most chosen 90s funeral songs. The song is about loved ones who’ve passed becoming guardian angels who offer protection. It’s a comforting choice with a 90s brit-pop feel.
“And do they know
The places where we go
When we’re grey and old
‘Cause I have been told
That salvation lets their wings unfold
So when I’m lying in my bed
Thoughts running through my head
And I feel the love is dead
I’m loving angels instead.”
I’ll Be Missing You – P. Diddy & Faith Evans (ft. 112)
One of the most popular 90s funeral songs is also the best-known R&B funeral song. Missing You by P. Diddy and Faith Evans is dedicated to anyone who’s lost someone close to them. It samples I’ll Be Watching You by the Police, another popular funeral song, and talks about the hope of maybe meeting again one day. Please be aware this song does have some strong language, which might not be for everyone.
“Every step I take
Every move I make
Every single day, every time I pray
I’ll be missin’ you
Thinkin’ of the day
When you went away
What a life to take, what a bond to break
I’ll be missin’ you.”
Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is one of the most popular 80s funeral songs. It’s been covered countless times, but Jeff Buckley’s 90s version is probably the best known. His voice is soft and emotional, breaking into strength as the verses go on.
“Baby, I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor
You know, I used to live alone before I knew you
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
And Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
Over the Rainbow is one of the most used funeral songs, with countless covers proving popular over the years. Eva Cassidy’s version is probably the best-known from the 90s. The lyrics stay true to the original, talking about letting go of troubles and going to a distant place where things will be better.
“Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.”
Fields of Gold – Sting
Sting’s Fields of Gold is slow, peaceful and talks about how we make memories and experience happiness despite knowing everything will eventually come to an end. Eva Cassidy, mentioned above, also recorded a cover a couple of years later. Both versions are popular 90s funeral songs.
“You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
Upon the fields of barley
You’ll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we walk in fields of gold.”
Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò) – Sarah Silverman & Andrea Boccelli
Time to Say Goodbye is a good choice of 90s funeral song for those who like opera and classical music. The original Italian title of the song, Con te partirò, means ‘I’ll leave with you’. Translated from Italian, the lyrics focus on saying goodbye.
More funeral song ideas
You might not find a funeral song that feels right straight away. It’s normal to look for a while before settling on something. Here are some more ideas that could help you find the right one.
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