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50+ Best Gospel Funeral Songs

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Gospel Funeral Songs

With inspiring and uplifting lyrics and melodies, gospel funeral songs are a meaningful way to mourn someone’s passing and ask for God’s strength during a sad time.

Gospel hymns for funerals are also a wonderful way to personalize your loved one’s funeral, memorial service or celebration of life service, and to remind us all that God promises eternal life to all those who believe in Him.

We’ve created the Ultimate List of the best gospel funeral songs — which includes the subcategories of traditional black funeral songs, southern gospel funeral songs, and urban contemporary gospel hymns for funerals — to help you easily find the kind of gospel music that you are looking for:

All gospel funeral songs in our list are available for purchase and download today. (So you can cross ‘funeral music’ off your funeral planning ‘to do’ list.)

Have a listen, view the lyrics and easily purchase your favourite gospel funeral songs to include in a loved one’s service.

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Gospel Funeral Songs

Gospel Funeral Songs

The gospel hymns for funerals included in this section are more traditional songs such as “Jerusalem the Golden” and “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” making any of these hymns suitable choices for a traditional, religious funeral service.

Gospel hymns for funerals (and other religious occasions) usually have dominant vocals and a strong use of harmony.  Musical accompaniment is usually with instruments such as piano, organ, guitar, drums and tambourine.

The best gospel hymns for funerals provide us with hope and comfort during a time of deep sadness.  They also remind us of our faith and give thanks to God for His enduring love.  The gospel funeral songs listed here definitely reflect these powerful sentiments.

Harlem Gospel ChoirAmazing GraceLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Susan BoyleMake Me a Channel of Your PeaceLyricsPlay SongPurchase
George HarrisonMy Sweet LordLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Andrea Bocelli (feat. Celine Dion)The PrayerLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Gareth GatesSpirit in the SkyLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Alison KraussDown to the River to PrayLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Mormon Tabernacle ChoirThe Lord is My ShepherdLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Angelis Pie JesuLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Eric ClaptonSweet ChariotLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Libby AllenHeaven's My Home NowLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Martin Luther A Mighty Fortress is Our GodLyricsPlay SongPurchase
King's College ChoirAbide With MeLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Daniel O'DonnellBe Not AfraidLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Judy Collins & ChoirAmazing GraceLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Dan SchutteHere I Am, LordLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Crystal LewisHoly, Holy, HolyLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Live Church WorshipBeautiful SaviourLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Andrea Bocelli Ave MariaLyricsPlay SongPurchase
The Choir of the Abbey School of TewkesburyThe Day Thou Gavest, Lord, is EndedLyricsPlay SongPurchase
The Choir of the Abbey School of TewkesburyJerusalem The Golden LyricsPlay SongPurchase


Black Gospel Funeral Songs

Black Gospel Funeral Songs

Black gospel funeral songs have a long and proud history.  The Golden Age of Gospel music dates back to the 1960’s and the civil rights movement.  This style of music was adopted by African-Americans during their struggle against oppression where the church served as a sanctuary for those who enjoyed praising the Lord.

Many black gospel funeral songs are performed a cappella, or performed in a “call and response” pattern that is repeated several times.  You may also hear hand clapping or foot stomping as rhythmic accompaniment to black funeral songs, giving this type of music a distinctive style and joyousness, even in times of sorrow.

Black funeral songs continue to be popular choices for funeral music as a moving way to remember a loved one who has passed away and to honour God.  This collection of black funeral songs by some of the greatest black vocalists of all time are sure to give you peace, hope and comfort.

Soweto Gospel ChoirAmazing GraceLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Edwin Hawkins SingersOh Happy DayLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Georgia Mass ChoirBye and ByeLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Mahalia JacksonTake My Hand, Precious LordLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Mighty Clouds of JoyNearer My God to TheeLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community SingersI'm FreeLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Aretha FranklinGod Will Take Care of YouLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Yolanda AdamsThe Battle Is Not YoursLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Kirk FranklinMore Than I Can Bear LyricsPlay SongPurchase
Donnie McClurkinStandLyricsPlay SongPurchase
The Williams BrothersIf I Don't Wake UpLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Marvin GayeWholy HolyLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Kirk FranklinTill We Meet AgainLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Douglas MillerMy Soul is AnchoredLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Walter HawkinsI'm Going AwayLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Jennifer Hudson Jesus Promised Me a Place Over ThereLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Hezekiah WalkerI'll Fly AwayLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Whitney HoustonHis Eye is On the SparrowLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Patti LabelleWalk Around HeavenLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Mahalia JacksonTrouble of the WorldLyricsPlay SongPurchase


Southern Gospel Funeral Songs

Southern Gospel Funeral Songs

Southerners in the United States are known for their spirituality, often speaking of death in their music not as the end of life but as the beginning of a return journey back home to God.

Southern gospel funeral songs — like all Southern gospel music — was traditionally sung by four men accompanied by piano and was commonly referred to “quartet music.”  However, the style of southern gospel music has since evolved to include more solos and duos, and a broader range of instrumental accompaniment.

Several secular artists have expressed their love for and influence of the genre by recording southern gospel albums or performing gospel songs in concert. Among them are Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Leann Rimes, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley.

Here is a collection of Southern gospel funeral songs that are commonly heard at funeral services in the South.

Carrie UnderwoodHow Great Thou ArtLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Patsy Cline and Willie NelsonJust a Closer Walk to TheeLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Alan JacksonSweet Hour of PrayerLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Brad PaisleyIn the GardenLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Amy Grant ft. Vince GillRock of AgesLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Johnny CashI Won't Have to Cross Jordan AloneLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Hank WilliamsBeyond the SunsetLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Willie NelsonThe Uncloudy DayLyricsPlay SongPurchase
The Carter FamilyGospel ShipLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Southern RaisedWhat a Day That Will BeLyricsPlay SongPurchase

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Urban Contemporary Gospel Hymns for Funerals

Urban Contemporary Gospel Hymns for Funerals

Urban contemporary gospel music is a recent sub-genre of gospel music, though early forms can be dated back to the 1970’s when songs like The Clark Sisters’s “You brought the sunshine,” Edwin Hawkins’s “Oh Happy Day” and Andrae Crouch’s “Take Me Back” became mainstream hits.

Urban contemporary gospel hymns for funerals can also trace it’s origins to traditional black gospel music.  The sub-genre has kept the spiritual focus of traditional black gospel songs, but uses modern musical forms.

Characterized by dominant vocals, usually performed by a soloist, urban contemporary gospel hymns for funerals are dominated by themes of one’s personal relationship with God and His love for mankind.

If you are planning a contemporary funeral service, here are some gospel hymns that would be suitable.

Monk & NeagleDancing With the AngelsLyricsPlay SongPurchase
MercyMeI Can Only ImagineLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Matthew WestSave A Place for MeLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Josh GrobanYou Raise Me UpLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Steven Curtis ChapmanWith HopeLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Cece WinansComforterLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Diamond RioOne More DayLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Third DayCry Out to JesusLyricsPlay SongPurchase
Phil WickhamHeaven SongLyricsPlay SongPurchase
MercyMeHomesickLyricsPlay SongPurchase

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Additional Resources

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