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Funeral Hymns

Religious songs or hymns are an important part of Christian funerals and memorial services. Most traditional services include one or two classic hymns depending on the length of the funeral service.

We've created a list of the most popular hymns played at traditional Christian funerals.

You may know some of the traditional funeral hymns in the table below. A number of these are instantly recognisable and are uplifting and stirring pieces of music.

Hymn name
Artist/Composer
Movement since 2016 chart
1
Abide With Me
Traditional
Up one place
2
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Traditional
Up one place
3
The Lord is My Sheperd
Psalm 23 / Crimond
Down 2 places
4
How Great Tho Art
Traditional
Non mover
5
Amazing Grace
Traditional
Non mover
6
Jerusalem
Traditional
Up one place
7
Morning Has Broken
Traditional
Up one place
8
Old Rugged Cross
Traditional
Down 2 places
9
The Day Thou Gavest
Traditional
Non mover
10
Calon Lan
Traditional
New entry

Some of the hymns in the chart above are popular with sporting occasions. For example, Calon Lan has been adopted by the Welsh national teams in both rugby union and football and can often be heard playing at and before matches. Likewise, Jerusalem has become the unofficial England Rugby team anthem and Abide With Me is traditionally played at the FA cup final and therefore a favourite with football fans.

All Things Bright and Beautiful is a well known Anglican hymn and is sung in many different churches within Christianity. It was initially published as a children's hymn due to its simple and beautiful descriptions of nature, but has become an extremely popular hymn that is sang in both weddings and funerals.

Traditional funeral hymns aren’t necessarily about grief and loss but about life and a new beginning and can be an uplifting part of the funeral service. If you’d like to discuss hymns, music or any other ideas you have for yours or a loved one's funeral, please get in touch with your local funeral director.

Funeral Music Charts

For more funeral music inspiration, from pop music to classical, have a look at our funeral music charts.

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