Top 10 Funeral Songs

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1My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

This is a relatively new song (2000) and many of you may not know it. But this masterpiece would be a new pearl to every serious music collection. You just have to hear it - vocals alone would send shivers up and down your spine. This is probably the most intense power ballad I've ever heard - emotions are unmatched.

"These are my last words - I need to rest
In fear and anger, I'll lay down my head
A faithless spirit in a broken man
... The hope became another lie
Like the non-existing Father-God
I'll close my eyes, goodbye
Don't wait for me on the other side". - Metal_Treasure

2Fiddler On the Green - Demons & Wizards
3Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas PriestV1 Comment
4The Show Must Go On - Queen

This was one of the first songs that came to my mind when I saw the list title. Freddie was dying when he sang this song and it's about his own death. You have to read between the lines because Freddie's diagnosis was still a secret.
Freddie was barely able to walk and Brian May wasn't sure whether Freddie was physically capable of singing it. But recalling Mercury's performance, May states: "I said, 'Fred, I don't know if this is going to be possible to sing.'
And he went, 'I'll f-cking do it, darling' - vodka down - and went in and killed it, completely lacerated that vocal."
That's just mindblowing. It was Freddie's last song and I think it's his most emotional vocal performance and one of his best, if not the best. - Metal_Treasure

5Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron MaidenV1 Comment
6Dust In the Wind - Kansas

Its about a man knowing he has little more to live. All the lyrics is poetry about death and how small we humans really are. No one can live forever and the time will come for everyone and everything will end one time. The final lyrics also displays that money doesn't make you imortal, nothing makes you imortal.

'' I close my eyes, only for a moment and the moments gone. All my dreams, pass before my eyes of curiosity, dust in the wind. All we are is dust in the wind. ''

7One - Metallica

One of the best Metallica songs. A soldier is severely wounded - blind and unable to move and speek. He waits helplessly for his death. His only hope is to devise a way to communicate with the hospital staff.
The video's story is intercut with scenes taken from the 1971 anti-war film 'Johnny Got His Gun'. - Metal_Treasure

8Knocking On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan

The song was written specifically for a character's death, in a movie. And Dylan gave it a far better performance than Guns 'N Roses, who did it well, despite the popularity of the band among top tenners - Billyv

The original is always the best? I can agree that the more popular version of this song by Guns N�' Roses is more empulsing. Altthough the original is simply amazing, Bob Dylans chilling vocals and choir makes up for a very emotional song. The song may have many different messages and it may not even have anything to do with death at all. But you can clerly see it being interrelated with heaven, hell and the afterlife.
'' Mama take this badge of o' me, I can't use it anymore, its getting dark to dark to see, I feel I'm knocking on heavens door.''

9The Unforgiven - Metallica

"A tired man they see no longer cares
The old man then prepares
To die regretfully
That old man here is me". - Metal_Treasure

10Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

This cover is not the definitive version of this song, nothing can top the original by the man who wrote it and lived it, Leonard Cohen. The only version anywhere close to Cohen's is K.D. lang's, and she puts a little female spin into it, with Rufus Wainwright's cover probably being the next best after that.

I don't think I really have to say much about this song, Jeff Buckley completly owns this song, originaly made by Leonard Cohen. Jeffs chilling and uprising voice towards the middle of the song may be the most sad things you can hear in a song.Jeff putted his soul into this song and it lives on with him through eternity. R.I.P

'' 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.''

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11Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Made when the founder of Pink Floyd, Syd Barret passed away, a really obvious message but still really sad when you listen to it. I think it can be related by anyone who have lost anything, the desire to see that one person again.

'' We're just 2 lost souls swiming in a fish bowl, year after year, running over the some old ground, and how we found, the same old fear, wish you where here, ''

12Yesterday - The Beatles

Its about have fast you can loose something so important and that you should never take anything for granted, one of the sadest song ever made by The Beatles and it has really powerful lyrics.

'' Yesterday, all my trouble seemed so far away, now they look as they are here to stay, oh I beileve in yesterday''

13Cemetery Gates - Pantera

Anselmo said this song was about two of his friends who committed suicide but the song may be interpreted in different ways - all they funeral though. - Metal_Treasure

14Hurt - Johnny Cash

Cash made a cover on the nine inch nail song 7 years later after its realese in 1995. Johnnys powerful voice makes you loose breath and you really get draged into Cashs situation, when he has nothing left and he's about to loose himself.

'' And you can have it all, my empire of dirt, I will let you down, I will make you hurt. ''

15Love's Tragedy Asunder - Demons & Wizards

Another amazing power ballad by Demons & Wizards who seem to be funeral ballads experts.
It's about a man whose wife is terminally ill, and he assists her suicide, and ends up killing himself.

"Dead leaves to dust, the seasons bloom
A glimpse of Heaven showed an angel cry
Tenfold the cries of Crack of Doom

Love's tragedy asunder
Wanted peace for me
Love's tragedy asunder
Will I be free". - Metal_Treasure

16Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel

This is a beautiful and uplifting song about friendship and real love. About giving from the heart, someone promising to be there for another. I don't see where it has much to do with funerals - Billyv

I could have gone with sound of silence or the boxer but this chilling song has a very strict message. Its about someone who have lost everything and that's the exact feeling you get when you�'ve lost someone close. Its about moving on, and the chorus is really teardripping.

'' Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down''

17Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton

Made by Eric Clapton when his 4 year old son died, a tearworthy song about loosing someone and never being able to see that one person again. One of the most tragic songs ever and its clearly one of the sadest songs ever.

'' Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven, would it be the same if I saw you in heaven. ''

18Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

This song made me cry when it appeared on the show South Park. This song is about, as always, loosing someone and the fear of changing completly due to the loss.


'' And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills, well the landslide will bring you down.''

19The Weight - The Band

A song about a man on his deathbed, fearing bouth hell and heaven, all he wants is just some rest.
The song is chilling if you understand the message, may be bit to high tempo in the chorus but its very emotional.
'' I pulled into nazareth, was feeling about half past dead, I just need some place where I can lay my head.''

20Over the Hills, and Far Away - Led Zeppelin
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