Losing a brother is such a uniquely hard time in anybody's life. After all, this is the person that shared valuable memories about your upbringing and childhood with you. In many cases, the relationship that you have with your brother helped to shape you into the person that you are today.
When it comes to planning the funeral arrangements or putting together a virtual funeral ceremony, song choice is so exceptional. You want to select a song that best depicts how you felt about this incredibly important person in your life.
Rock Funeral Songs for Your Brother
Rock may have a reputation of being funky and upbeat, but this doesn't mean that the genre doesn't have some songs that are perfect for a funeral. We've narrowed down a few of the top rock songs that can really express the love and loss that you feel for your brother.
1. "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd really hits the nail on the head with this simple, yet incredibly moving song. Sometimes, all we can say is that we miss someone and wish so desperately that they were still here.
2. "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel
"Only the Good Die Young" can be a tribute to losing someone in an untimely death. While the song itself isn't necessarily about loss, when put in this context, it can be an appropriate song for a funeral.
3. "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
Considered one of the greatest rock songs of all time, "Stairway to Heaven" is a famous funeral song for rock music lovers. It's a slow tempo song that increases in intensity as the song plays out.
4. "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
In a sense, "Free Bird" can depict letting go and moving on--two essential steps in the grief process.
5. "Knocking on Heaven's Door" by Guns N' Roses
"Knocking on Heaven's Door" was originally written by Bob Dylan, however this version crooned by Axl Rose is just as memorable and touching as the original.
6. "Shadow of the Day" by Linkin Park
This song depicts how difficult it is to say goodbye to someone who is dying. It's considered a touching tribute that is suitable for funerals and memorial services.
7. "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" by Oasis
While this song was initially written to depict the relationship between parent and child, in the context of death, it is also appropriate as a song about reassurance, love, and remembrance.
8. "Everything I Own" by Bread
For those that have a difficult time expressing how they feel during a time of loss, this song says it all. It's beautifully written and is sure to touch the hearts of all those who hear it.
Check out our picks for the best rock funeral songs if you're looking for more selections.
Country Funeral Songs for Your Brother
Country music offers up some of the most moving and uplifting funeral songs. Some of the songs here focus on the heartache of losing a loved one, while others explain that extraordinary bond that you have with that person.
9. "When I Get Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley
Many people see Heaven as this peaceful resting place. This song reminds us that for some, passing on is simply moving up to the perfect destination that is Heaven.
10. "You Should Be Here" by Cole Swindell
One of the hardest things about dealing with loss is all of the new memories you will make without that person. "You Should Be Here" perfectly describes how you may feel in moments that you wish that your brother was still there with you.
11. "Drink a Beer" by Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan beautifully sings this song about untimely loss. It tells the story of honoring someone who has passed and remembering times that were shared together.
12. "Who You'd Be Today" by Kenny Chesney
"Who You'd Be Today" is a song that talks about wondering how someone may have turned out if they would have had the chance to live their life. This song is especially relevant for someone who lost their brother at a young age.
13. "If Heaven" by Andy Griggs
Andy Griggs' song "If Heaven" is one of the loveliest country songs to play at a funeral. It has a beautiful melody and the lyrics are sure to touch your heart.
14. "I Still Miss You" by Keith Anderson
Perhaps we never stop missing those that pass away, but you may find some solace in knowing that so many of us understand that pain. This song is a beautiful reminder of that.
15. "If I Could Only Bring You Back" by Joe Diffie
Perhaps you've spent some time wishing that you could bring your brother back. This song by Joe Diffie explains how life could be different if only we had this power.
16. "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" by Justin Moore
Justin Moore's song "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" discusses how we could all just go visit our loved one if only Heaven was just like any other destination.
They say that nothing beats the love of a brother to his siblings and this must be true because of the many songs dedicated to brothers. From genre to genre, era to era, the love of a brother runs deep and shall forever hold a special memory in our hearts.
To celebrate our brothers, here is a list of the top brother songs of all time which you could dedicate to your brothers, anytime, any day.
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Top 20 Brother Songs of all Time
Our brothers are heroes without capes and here are the top 20 brother songs of all time that will immortalize how dear and beloved they are.
1. He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother (The Hollies)
This 1970s classic elemental song is a heartwarming ode to brothers helping brothers without limits, no matter the costs. It was inspired by the slogan of a Boy’s Town for homeless boys in London.
2. What’s happening brother (Marvin Gaye)
Coming on from tackling controversial world issues like the Vietnam War in What’s Going On, this song specifies a target as this was inspired by his veteran soldier brother returning from war and integrating in a very chaotic America.
3. My little brother (Art Brut)
This indie rock song offers a fresh take on brotherhood as this was song by literally, the little brother of the lead singer of Art Brut, Eddie Argos. It’s a coming of age song talking about that voice in his head that he is now letting out of control.
4. Boss of me (The Might Be Giants)
This punk rock song was actually used as one of the official anthems in the nerdy siblings TV show Malcolm in the Middle, which was aired in 2001. It playfully sings the squabbles of young brothers and the little brother fighting back because he doesn’t want to be pushed around just because he’s still young.
5. My brother’s a basehead (De La Soul)
This is that one song which might deviate from the list because it talks about the pain, anger and frustration of a big brother whose little brother became a drug addict moving from weed to crack and how drugs has engulfed his body and soul. But the vibe becomes warm as he goes through the ways he will help his brother to overcome this addiction.
6. Highway patrolman (Bruce Springsteen)
This old but gold bittersweet song talks about a devoted cop with obligations to the country and to his family so when his no-good brother does a mess he can’t clean up, he does not think twice and shoots him.
7. Brother (Kodaline)
This 2017 alternative-indie song will hit a homerun as it talks about the unconditional love and unbreakable bond between brothers from childhood to adulthood. It talks about careless days and mature reckonings and how they will forever see each other as safety blankets no matter the age.
8. Brother louie (Modern Talking)
Well we are not sure if this 1998 song really talks about a rival sibling for the love of a woman but this song tells the story of a guy, convincing Brother Louie that he should set free the woman who his brother loves because it is him she loves back and not her.
9. Hey brother (Avicii)
This 2013 electric pop song under the album True. It talks about a brother talking to his siblings that even if he’s far from home, he hears them and that there’s nothing he would do for them.
10. Brother (NeedToBreathe)
It could be a friend, it could be a sibling, it could be a stranger who needs help, this song is a song of hope and selflessness of a brother giving shelter for refuge, a fortress for your pain, a call away for all your distress. It was released in 2014 under the album Rivers in the Wasteland.
11. Brothers in arms (Dire Straits)
This 1985 Grammy winning war song under the album of the same title is a bittersweet celebration of all the brothers in arms who like him fought a war they didn’t choose but regardless, did not desert him at the brink of death.
12. Blood brothers (Luke Bryan)
From his 2013 hit country rock album Crash My Party, this song is a celebration of brotherhood, regardless if bound by blood or friendship, singing brother is a light that does not come cheap, you fight, you cry, you lie and you bleed but you will always lean on one another cause you are blood brothers.
13. Brother mine (Suzanne Vega)
Released in 2012 under the album Close-Up Vol. 4: Songs of Family, this folk song is a heart-tugging ode of a big sister to her younger troublemaker brother, attending to him with another swollen eye, talking to him that he’s go to grow up, man up and be the best version of himself as he goes through life.
14. On the wings of a nightingale (The Everly Brothers)
This 1984 song under the album EB84 talks about two brothers finding success together in separate ways, coming home through high above land and see, and going to that place of love where everything began.
15. The greatest discovery (Elton John)
From the master of emotions and ballads himself, this 1970 song is literally about being a little boy excited to meet his newborn baby brother who will have a life filled with love and whose green eyes shall always be filled with stories and adventures.
16. The bewlay brothers (David Bowie)
This song, like all David Bowie’s songs, is a fusion of symbolic meanings, dark art and pop rock themes. It talks about two misunderstood brothers, mistaken by society as evil men, killed one of them and how the living one shall hunt the town and the children for the rest of his days. It was released in 1971, the last song under Hunky Dory.
17. Song for my brother (Carlos Santana)
It starts with writing on a piece of paper, a song for a brother who stood with him through the hurricane and because of this, fills a gap in his heart no one else will ever replace. It was released in 1980 under the album The Swing of Delight.
18. My brother (Justin Hayward)
It was released in 1975 under the album Blue Jays and it talks about a little brother thanking his big bro of taking him to verdant greens and deep seas asking him at a very hard time if he could guide him through life’s tough decisions again.
19. Perfect love (Marc Cohn)
This 1991 easy listening acoustic rock can be dedicated to anyone whose love for you feels perfect and that could be your brother. It talks about dreaming together, making it all come true and realizing that along the way, you were given the perfect love.