My Top Songs to Play at My Funeral :: MusicListography


List the songs to play at my funeral
courtesy of Music Listography : Your Life In (Play)Lists
Listen via Spotify Playlist – Here

Editor’s Note: The actual next list in the book was to list the bands that I do not like, but I do not like writing about things I do not like, so I’m skipping that. Seems the book has a morbid sense of humor, and my consequence of skipping is contemplating the playlist of my death. Good thing I’m a morbid kinda girl.

1. Bitter Sweet Symphony :: The Verve

Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony,
this life

2. The Trapeze Swinger :: Iron & Wine

And please remember me,
in the car behind the carnival,
my hand between your knees,
you turn from me and said the trapeze act was wonderful,
but never meant to last.

3. The Funeral :: Band Of Horses

Really too late to call,
so we wait for morning to wake you,
is all we got.
To know me as hardly golden,
is to know me all wrong.

4. Wake Up :: Arcade Fire

“With my lighnin’ bolts a glowin’,
I can see where I am goin’ to be,
when the reaper he reaches and touches my hand.”

5. The Engine Driver :: The Decemberists

“There are power lines
in our bloodlines.”

6. Starlite Diner :: Ryan Adams

“Fare thee well my old friends,
fare thee well.”

7. Breath of Life :: Florence & The Machine

“To get a dream of life again.
a little vision of the start and the end,
but all the choirs in my head sang,
no oh oh oh.”

8. This Modern Love :: Bloc Party

“This modern love,
breaks me.”

9. On Melancholy Hill (acoustic) :: Gorillaz

“If you can’t get what you want then you come with me.”

10. The Universal :: Blur

“Every night we’re gone,
and to karaoke songs,
how we like to sing a long,
although the words are wrong.”

11. Happy Phantom :: Tori Amos

“So if I die today I’ll be the happy phantom,
and I’ll go wearin’ my naughties like a jewel.
They’ll be my ticket to the universal opera,
there’s Judy Garland taking Budda by the hand,
and then these seven little men get up to dance.
They say Confucius does his crossword with a pen.
I’m still the angel to a girl who hates to sin.”

12. Let Me Back In :: Rilo Kiley

“Let it be printed,
let it be known,
I’m leaving you,
I’m going home.
And, all you can do is watch me go.”

13. The Luckiest :: Ben Folds

“I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you.”

14. Chrissie Hynde :: Butch Walker

“All I got right now,
is all I want,
Chrissie Hynde singing through a blown dash speaker,
about Ohio.
All she wants right now,
is to be the way it was,
the same as when you and me were one.”

15. Back on the Chain Gang :: Pretenders

“Those were the happiest days of my life.”

16. Pictures of You :: The Cure

“Remembering you,
standing quiet in the rain,
as I ran to your heart to be near.”

17. Close :: Pete Yorn

“Just stay close,
wait for the sun,
learn to live this life,
learn to get along.”

18. Nightswimming :: R.E.M.

remembering that night.
September’s coming soon,
I’m pining for the moon.”

19. Under the Milky Way :: The Church

“And it’s something quite peculiar,
something that shimmering and white,
leads you here despite your destination,
under the milky way tonight.”

20. Solsbury Hill :: Peter Gabriel

“Grab your things,
I’ve come to take you home.”

21. Verdi Cries :: Natalie Merchant

“Holidays must end as you know.
All is memory taken home with me:
the opera, the stolen tea, the sand drawing, the verging sea, all years ago.”

22. Between the Bars :: Elliott Smith

“Drink up baby,
look at the stars,
I’ll kiss you again between the bars.”

23. Lua :: Bright Eyes

Cause what is simple in the moonlight,
by the morning never is

24. Dancing Barefoot :: Patti Smith

“I’m dancing barefoot,
heading for a spin,
some strange music draws me in,
makes me come on like some heroine.”

25. Space Oddity :: David Bowie

“Tell my wife I love her very much,
she knows.”

26. Into the Mystic :: Van Morrison

“I want to rock your gypsy soul,
just like way back in the days of old,
and magnificently we will flow into the mystic.”

27. Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters :: Elton John

“While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,
sons of bankers, sons of lawyers,
turn around and say good morning to the night.”

28. Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me) (live) :: Duran Duran

“Come up and see me,
make me smile,
or do what you want,
running wild.”

29. Avalon :: Roxy Music

“Now the party’s over,
I’m so tired.”

30. Famous Blue Raincoat :: Leonard Cohen

“She sends her regards.”

9 Replies to “My Top Songs to Play at My Funeral :: MusicListography”

  1. I love the fact that you have that song ‘Chrissie Hynde’ (which I’d not heard before) & then a Pretenders song following it. Of course! Also adore that 10,000 Maniacs song. It’s just gorgeous.
    Patti Smith is a great addition but the whole list is inspired.

    I agree with Stephen, my list would include Radiohead & The Smiths too but not sure which songs I’d choose. I’d have to include New Order, Psychedelic Furs & Peter Murphy and many other artists I know I’m forgetting now.

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    1. Thanks – I love that Chrissie Hynde song (and the entire Butch Walker album) – and Verde Cries – I love it so much. Thanks for your thoughts on this.

      What Peter Murphy song would you pick? I had Psyche Furs and Radiohead on a bigger list, but was trying to narrow it to 30 songs.


      1. You’re quite welcome! I really don’t know what Murphy song I’d choose. There are so many I love. It would take some serious consideration to narrow it down but that time isn’t now. I think for PsyFurs it would be a song off their World Outside album which is my fave. It’d be hard to narrow down a list to 30 songs!


  2. Interesting idea and so many ways to approach it. To play songs I myself loved or do I use it to get the last word or send a message, to bring comfort to those mourning or a combination of all of that. Do I take into consideration songs that could become reminders of me, making people sad every time they hear them from then on and in a way ruining those songs for them or do I want that so I have an assurance that I’m still alive in some way to them…do I avoid all that and stick to uplifting music or just take it head on and play what sounds like a goodbye. So much to think on! I don’t want a funeral or even a wake unless it’s what everybody else would want in order to grieve or feel closure so I guess if I’m to make my own list I might just pick my favorite songs that also express the way I tried to live or as one last expression of myself since everybody’s listening. Has me thinking, cool post.

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    1. I don’t want a funeral either, or a wake, or any of that, but I do understand the need for those left to have something to give closure. I’d rather have a party with music I loved playing.

      That said, you got me thinking – I’d hate to ruin songs for people by inadvertently (or, I guess if I’m choosing them, “advertently”) creating an association with my death and a playlist full of songs. Yikes!

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