The Beatles are a timeless band that requires no introduction. They took the world by storm and Beatlemania was unlike anything that the world had seen before.
Choosing funeral songs for a Beatles-themed playlist can come with its own challenges. The playlist should have a balanced mix of upbeat as well as slower songs to be an apt choice for a funeral service.
Maybe your parents might’ve been fans of the Fab Four, or your friend might have been a fan of classic rock. In such a case, what better way to cherish their memories than through a couple of Beatles songs during their funeral?
But with the vast variety of hits that the Beatles have put out, coming up with a mere 10 or 20 songs can seem like a daunting task. Which songs to include? Which ones would be apt? Well luckily for you, we’ve made a list of the top 10 Beatles songs to play at a funeral or memorial service.
Note that these are merely our suggestions, and if your loved one had a special song that isn’t on the list, be sure to include it in your playlist
1) In My Life
A song about introspection, In My Life talks of how everyone leads different lives that ultimately has some meaning.
2) Twist And Shout
Based on ‘La Bamba’, a Mexican tune, Twist and Shout is a simple song about dancing and just having fun.
3) With a Little Help from My Friends
Out of the Fab Four, Ringo was often the one who stood out due to his absence on vocals. As the title of the song suggests, this song is about relying on your friends when you’re faced with any trouble. Ringo’s involvement in the song is perhaps the most notable aspect of the song
4) Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
While the title might seem a bit random, it actually means ‘Life Goes On’ in Nigerian. And that is exactly what the song is about.
5) Here Comes the Sun
Here Comes The Sun is a sweet song that reminds you that no matter how tough things might get, better things will eventually come around
A song that was written in support of the civil rights movement. In a fight that is still going on, this song stays relevant more than ever.
7) Hey Jude
A song that was written by Paul McCartney to John Lennon’s son as he was dealing with the divorce of his parents, Hey Jude is one of their biggest hits.
One of their most-covered songs, Yesterday is a song about longing for times when things were simpler. This song reminds you to never take the good times for granted.
9) Let It Be
Another hit by the Fab Four, Let It Be is a song about just letting things be when it is clear that there’s nothing that we can do.
10) Long And Winding Road
A song which was written in the aftermath of The Beatles’ split, Long and Winding Road is a song that offers a degree of closure to its listeners.
Funerals can be somber affairs, and it should be noted that creating a playlist and playing it is done in accordance with the deceased’s wishes from when they were alive. For a more comprehensive guide on creating a general playlist, check out the Top 30 Funeral Songs of All Time.