What's the worst song to play at a funeral?
By - MemeDork
My roommate from college died a few years ago. He had tweeted once “at my funeral put my ipod on shuffle—if “laffy taffy” comes on while people are paying their respects, so be it”
Well you can be damn sure that song came on
Jesus how old was he? Sounds like he must have died pretty young for...pretty much any of those things to take place.
Yeah he was like 22 or 23. Blood clot. No warning at all. The whole thing was totally fucked. It was a dark day—but when that opening riff of laffy taffy came on we simply had no choice but to smile.
my father chose the music for my uncles funeral, I didn’t recognise the title, however at the intense moment that the curtains drew around the coffin. Out blurted the looney tunes theme. We were horrified and my dad sat there hunched over giggling to himself.
If there was a understanding between him and his brother that he would have enjoyed that joke too I think it's hilarious.
Especially if it was porky pig going "that's all folks". I'd love that to be at my funeral
Fun fact: the voice actor who played Porky Pig has "that's all, folks" on his tombstone
That is bittersweet.
It also says "the man of 1000 voices"
Mel Blanc had a great life. He was an actor and *comedian* who was famous for doing the voices of bugs bunny, daffy duck, porky pig, twenty bird, Sylvester the cat, Yosemite Sam, foghorn leghorn, and many others.
He was born in 1908, and lived to be 81 years old
Did it have the voice over of Porky Pig saying "That's all, folks!"?
Funny enough, that's what Mel Blanc has written on his epitaph.
That’s absolutely hilarious.
I'd personally want the Star Wars opening for mine
Celebrate...by Kool and the gang
So my grandmother recently passed and my dad played this at her funeral. Bless his heart he was really trying to be not do miserable. His perspective was that it is supposed to be a celebration of their life.
When I was in college a girl died when she was hit by a car on her bike. They held a service on the quad and played "Crash Into Me" by DMB. Not the greatest choice...
It's also a song about sex/fingering someone so it's even less appropriate for a funeral.
I went to a wedding a while back and this was what the bride had chosen for her father-daughter dance.
Bring me to life
##WAKE ME UP INSIDE
##WAKE ME UP INSIDE
##CALL MY NAME AND SAVE ME FROM THE DARK
The national anthem of anime music videos
And Linkin Park music! Lots of In the End AMVs 🤣 Good times.
As a funeral director there is no wrong answer. Had a service for someone before their cremation and it ended with the song Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson.
this song was played at a friends funeral. definitely sparked some giggles
One of my good friends sang Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen at her father’s funeral, but when they tried to play the music for it, someone messed it up and instead they blasted Let’s Get It On through the speakers first.
I'm Alright by Kenny Loggins
Bonus if you have a gopher puppet dancing while it plays.
Tetris theme song
well the long coffin piece does perfectly fit in the hole in the ground...
Baby, Come Back
My father died in 2019 (pre-covid) and during his wake me and the siblings with our mothers permission had a playlist during the wake. Here is a few of the songs from the list.
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
Kansas - Dust In The Wind
From The Sound Of Music - So Long, Farewell
The Doors - The End
Harry Chapin - The Cat's In The Cradle
Cat Stevens - Father And Son
Buddy Holly - That'll Be The Day
Vera Lynn - We'll Meet Again
There were other songs that were his favorites but we added some of those in to make people smile. It was more a celebration of life than mourning his death.
Pop Goes the Weasel at a closed-casket funeral.
I'd die from anticipation
Then you've come to the right place!
For the full effect, spring-load the coffin.
In slow motion
They had it coming - Chicago the musical
"So I'm standin' in the kitchen, carving up a chicken for dinner, **minding my own business!** When in storms my husband, Wilbur, in a jealous rage. "*You've been screwing the milkman,*" he said... He was crazy, and he kept on screaming, "*You've been screwing the milkman.*" And then he ran into my knife... he ran into my knife **ten times.**"
Ya know, some guys just can't hold their arsenic
*UH UH... NOT GUILTY!*
It's called cell block tango, no?
They played I Did It My Way at my great Aunt's funeral.
She killed herself.
Edit: No need for well wishes, it happened in 87, but thanks anyway.
Edit 2: It was the Sinatra version.
Well, your family's got a dark sense of humour, I'll give you that.
At least they didn't go with That's Life
> At least they didn't go with That's Life
or *Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (whistle, whistle)*...
Interestingly enough, that is a fairly popular song at funerals. They played it at my great uncle’s funeral.
^ IIRC in the UK at least it's the most requested funeral song.
Lol yup. The epitaph on my uncle’s tombstone reads “I told you I was ill.” Dude was a character gotta hand it to him.
I want mine to say “I wanted a pyramid.”
My wife's uncle fell off a ladder and died. At his memorial his two sons put a picture of him standing next to a ladder and titled it "dad in his element". I asked them if that was intentionally a dark joke and they said it absolutely was!
Goddamn. That's good.
People don't always acknowledge how well humor helps us cope in these moments...
Both of my grandparents died pretty young, 50s. We have a lot of cancer in our family. My uncle died in 1991 when he was 22. Grandpop died in 95. Grandmom in '05. The family had 4 plots prebought. At my grandmom's funeral, my aunts were joking and fighting over who was gonna get the last one Mom and Dad bought them.
3 years later my youngest aunt died of cancer... she was 27. Her sisters were cursing her for getting the last plot we had paid for and laughing about it in between the bouts of crying.
It was the only stuff keeping us going. You need to vent the feelings in a lot of ways.
Totally. Someone mentioned this in another thread and while many agreed, some people kept going on about how tasteless this is... I wonder if they ever lost someone close to them. Being tasteful is the least of your concerns.
What they are really saying is your grief is making them uncomfortable.
Oh shit, that's funny.
Sorry about your aunt.
That's awful and hilarious! So sorry about your aunt, I hope she was the type to have laughed at the song choice.
It's the best day ever from SpongeBob
I want that song for my funeral
My family wants that song for my funeral
If that's not playing, I ain't attending mine
Staying alive by the bee gees
Bad for a funeral but great for CPR.
I saw you in the parking lot earlier!
he has no wallet, i checked
That's how I know you!
*At first I was afraid - I was petrified...*
No, it’s–Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.
Alive by Pearl Jam
Went to a funeral once where they actually played this. It was the last song he listened to on his ipod.
"Wake me up before you go go" by Wham!
My mum legitimately wants this at her funeral
Don't leave her hanging on like a yo-yo
My dad died almost a month ago. We had to drive from England to Scotland after a call that he was in hospital and time was of the essence.
On the motorway, Spotify regaled us with such classics as ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’, ‘Break On Through (to the other side)’, and ‘Highway To Hell’.
At some point during this concert from Hades, a loaded hearse joined the motorway and we had to sit behind it for a while.
The Universe has a ‘Cards Against Humanity’ level sense of humour.
Edit: Majority of replies to this has cemented my last sentence on here.
My husband got cancer at 31 and when we where driving to the hospital for the operation and chemotherapy, the song "some die young" started to play.
I hope you’re both doing ok now. ❤️
Growing up my dad wasn't around. He wasn't a terrible person, just the epitome of a deadbeat dad. He never paid child support and was never around. I didn't have any kind of relationship with him until I was in my twenties and I was old enough to meet up at a bar with him. He always knew he fell far short as a dad, and I think he genuinely regretted it even though he could never really bring himself to actually DO anything about it.
One weekend we had to drive a couple states away to pickup his sister and move her out with us. It was a mostly uneventful trip with me, my brother and my dad on the way out. Heading back it was me and my dad in my truck and my brother and my aunt in her car. This was before mp3 players and I had a 6 disc changer in my car set to random play. At one point it puts on the Everclear song Wonderful. I just kept looking straight ahead hoping he wasn't really paying attention to the words (he was more of a 60s and 70's rock kinda guy) so that it wouldn't be too awkward. Song ends and the next "random song" that played was Father of Mine.
Oof. I can’t imagine listening to father of mine with my dad in a car with me. I would have had to pull over due to not being able to see the road.
I also had "father of mine" pop up on a drive i took with my dad, after I turned 20 and we reconnected.
We never really bonded and apparently he thought criticizing his 20 yr old daughters choice in music was the way to go.
I had to google those songs. Holy shit, that must have been hard.
I had the opposite. Dad and I drifted after my mum left. My sister stayed local to him. She collected his ashes.
On the road back down to England I almost lost it on the motorway when Spotify played ‘She’s Got You’ by Patsy Cline. My own fault for playing country and western because I grew up with it.
i kinda want highway to hell at my funeral
but i want it to be during a slide show of the most mundane photos from my life as possible, but edited to have like really bad clip art explosions and flames everywhere
*photo of me changing my oil "IM ON A HIGHWAY TO HELL"
*photo of me as a child playing with legos "NOOO STOP SIGNS, OR SPEED LIMITS!"
you get the idea
I was listening to classical music as my father died. I don't know when he passed away precisely, but the songs played around that time included Vaughan Williams' *The Lark Ascending*, Faure's *Cantique du Jean Racine*, and Beethoven's piano sonata *Les Adieux*. I'm not spiritual, I doubt he could hear anything, and I don't even care much for *The Lark Ascending*, but I think that was the piece he took his last breath during and I find that oddly appropriate.
If you’re happy and you know it…
You can't spell funeral without fun
If you're happy and you know it decompose
If you're happy and you know it and you really wanna show it
If you're happy and you know it decompose
Please play this in my funeral. I should arrange to have this happen
Clap your hands
Slap the casket
This bad boy can fit so much happiness in it
Clapping from inside the coffin
Cremation: this girl is on fire
If this were to ever happen at a funeral, and they were cremated, I'd more than likely piss myself with laughter.
Was at a funeral for a friend, ahit, about ten years ago, another friend wanted to sing at her funeral, I thought "well, how awesome is this?" Until he got up to sing. Voice cracking, off key, used wrong lyrics, and then there is me, lip quivering, sweating, and another friend looked back and saw me, we both had to get up and use the restroom. Laughter just exploded. After a good ten minutes , we walked out, eyes red, tears streaming still, and a family member of the deceased came up and hugged us, expressing how wonderful it was that the deceased touched us so much to be in tears.
That is such a great story!
Thr best part was he went down to his knee and had his fist shaking. Sort of like Elvis.
They’re tryin to tell me Coffin Flop’s not a show
If Corncob TV gets dropped from Spectrum's lineup I will be super pissed off
I've never been so angry in my entire life
I don't know what to tell you, Bud. We're just shooting funerals and showing the ones where the bodies fly out!
They’re saying “No way. You must have rigged something.” I didn’t do fuckin shit! I didn’t rig shit!
It’s just bodies busting out of shit wood and hitting pavement!
only on corncob tv
They say I'm just some dumb hick. They called me that at a dinner!
We're allowed to show 'em nude, because they ain't got no soul!!
Most under appreciated line in the whole bit.
I DON'T CARE. I'M DONE. PULL THE PLUG!
I'll kill you...
At my grandmother's funeral back in July I whispered to my brother "They're trying to say that CornCobTV isn't a real channel!" and he started giggling "Whyyyy would you say that right now"
Are you sure about that? Are you sure about that that’s why?
It’s impossible that one out of five of em are nude.
This sketch is so good.
It’s so good that just reading these quotes from the sketch are making me laugh my ass off. I love how defensive the guy is. “I didn’t rig **shit!**”
I didn't fucking **do this**
Catching any ITYSL references in the wild always has me laughing as hard as the skits did.
I just died in your arms tonight
Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Didnt people play this when Margaret Thatcher died?
It topped the UK charts the week she died.
The Hokey Pokey. It will take forever to get the burial over with.
"You put the left foot in, you put the left foot out... you put the left foot in and you shake it all about..."
Ain't nobody got time for that. Just put the whole body in and be done with it.
“You put the coffin in, you take the coffin out, you put the coffin in, and you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn the corpse around. That’s what it’s all about.”
Whenever I hear someone say the phrase “turned in his grave,” I will forever assume the corpse is doing the hokey-pokey
I WILL SURVIVE
Another one bites the dust
It's funny, pretty much every answer in this thread could be equally valid as an answer to "what is the *best* song to play at a funeral".
Cue the men dressed in black moonwalking into the funeral
But this is the best song to play at a funeral! It is the literal truth
"HEY! We're gonna get you, too!"
Complete with chase scene, I hope
There are instructions to play it at mine.
I get knocked down, but i dont get up again
I'm going six feet underground
No matter the situation, Who let the dogs out is the worst song to play.
What if somebody really did let a bunch of dogs out and you’re trying to find out who it was?
An air siren and asking loudly who released the canines is a preferable sound.
Going Underground by The Jam.
I was at a funeral and the family wanted to play "The Dance" by Garth Brooks. For whatever reason they chose to play the live version of the song, so when the song started playing the first thing everyone at the funeral heard was the crowd cheering from the concert.
We played “Time of Your Life” by Greenday at my sister’s funeral. I didn’t know that the actual title was “Good Riddance.” It’s been many, many years, and I still feel horrible.
Not really my business, but I don’t think you should beat yourself up about the song choice. The title notwithstanding, that song is recognized (pretty much universally) as one of warm remembrance and fond farewell.
Dead by MCR
Happy by Pharrell
A Dutch boy chose this song for his funeral. He didn’t want it to be a sad thing. Pharrell even met with his parents on live television and talked about it with them, how honored it made him feel.
Edit: some parts are Dutch and some English
They also show a little part of the funeral with the song being played.
And I didn’t remember it correctly, his mother chose this song because when alive the song always made her think about her son because he was always happy.
Cold as Ice
Highway to hell
My dad actually has that at the top of his "I'm dead" Playlist. There's like 30 or so songs in it last he talked about it, but Highway to Hell and Running with the Devil are the first two songs in it. Then Devil went down to Georgia about halfway thru
Your dad probably had a lot of sympathy for the Devil.
At least he doesn't fear the reaper
My uncle used to make funeral DVD's as a side gig back in the early 2000's. One time he screwed up and used Highway to Hell as the music playing for a slideshow for the dead guy. I don't think he kept that job after that.
There's never a wrong time for this song
Cannibal corpse have a song about fucking a corpse
Bye Bye Bye - NSYNC
Touch Me (I Want Your Body), by Sam Fox.
I Just Had Sex by The Lonely Island
Dick In A Box for a closed casket funeral.
Even better if you're a Richard
I would love that song at mine hahahaha
That'd be a good song, but Jizz in my pants is even better imo haha
Gansta’s paradise- for a 26 yr middle class, middle America, white boy. Who was NOT gansta
If they died at 23 the line "I'm 23 now but will I live to see 24?" would really hit hard
But Blink-182 says that nobody likes you when you're 23..
Just play a looped version of the choir part.
My 72-year-old mother wanted that played at her funereal gathering.
She probably was gangsta.
She sounds pretty gangsta
Granny was a G.
He stopped loving her today- George Jones
Not exactly a funeral but still terrible nonetheless.
About 8 years ago my grandfather passed. About a month and a half later it was what would have been his birthday and his headstone had just been placed. I made the suggestion that we all as a family visit on that day to see it and be together because I knew it would be a tough day for us all.
Somehow while we were all there around the new headstone, someone suggested we sing “Happy Birthday” to him. I don’t know how nobody said no but somehow the majority thought it was a good idea and started singing.
So imagine a group of people sobbing around a gravesite singing the saddest rendition of “Happy Birthday” you’ve ever heard between sobs while the cemetery worker who had guided us to the stone stood there looking extremely uncomfortable.
My sister, her husband and I all slowly backed away from the scene because it was the most surreal and awkward thing we had ever seen and wanted no part of it. We laugh about it now because it honestly felt like an out of body experience.
TL;DR Sang “Happy Birthday” at my grandfathers newly place gravestone
Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Edit: thanks for the Snek award
Especially if she was run over by one on Christmas eve
Never gonna give you up
Honestly, making a funeral playlist for yourself just to Rick roll the attendees sounds very up some people's alley
The Best Day Ever - SpongeBob SquarePants
Ding Dong the witch is dead.
*Fuck Her Gently* - Tenacious D
Ha Ha You re Dead by Green Day
Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
Metallica - shoot me again.
I want Jump in the Fire to play at the moment of my cremation
Curb your enthusiasm (Frolic)
Ring of fire at a cremation hehehe
Iron Maiden: Bring your daughter to the slaughter
Final Fantasy victory theme
I Touch Myself
**that’s the worship and prayer**
Solid contender right there.
A friend of mine rolled a car drinking and driving the day after she got her license, 16 years old, and they played alcahaulin ass by hell yeah as the family walked her casket out of the funeral. Apparently it was her favourite song. I was 18 and thought it was about the most disrespectful thing I’d ever seen. Not sure if it was her big sisters idea or what.
My cousin died at 19, the cause of death was never widely known, but pretty sure it was suicide. Anyways, this was in the UK, they played "You'll never walk alone", fair enough, they were big Liverpool fans. But then they played Flo Rida's "Whistle Song". Pretty sure it's about sucking dick. Me and my sister just looked at each other and I could hardly contain myself laughing at the incredulity of it all, it was so fucking strange
I can only describe as me looking at my sister with a slow-mo "Bertstare"
The theme from Happy Days
My uncle specifically asked for “highway to Hell” at his funeral... he’s the only atheist in a family of strict Christians..
"I cum blood" by Cannibal Corpse
Bonus points if the deceased died of testicular cancer.
Eulogy by Tool