10+ Most Inappropriate Funeral Songs That People Still Pick

Staying Alive - The Bee-Gees

This one might be a little too on the nose, but that doesn't make it a bad choice. On the contrary, from the opening note, everyone will suddenly be in the mood to dance.

It's tough to be sad while one of the most iconic riffs in disco history is airing, especially if you mandate everyone wear white silk flares and platforms to the wake.

Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Another One Bites the Dust is an all-time classic rock song, with a hook so ear-wormy that people can't help but stomp and nod along.

If you want people at your funeral to dance and even chuckle rather than sit somberly, then Another One Bites the Dust is an obvious but excellent choice.

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

Want your funeral to be a beautiful and emotional affair with a side of all-out cheese? Then you're going to want to play I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.

Is it inappropriate? Wildly. Is it equally likely to cause raised eyebrows, heavier crying, and scattered cackling? Of course.

Bodies - Drowning Pool

Some rock songs feel heavy enough to theoretically raise the dead, and that might be why so many people choose this one to play at their funerals.

Bodies by Drowning Pool has the kind of Earth-shaking vocals that are definitely not often heard in a church - but that's most of the appeal in picking it!

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!

Some songs are so irresistibly groovy that they soar past being inappropriate and become perfect for all occasions. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go is one of those songs.

It could be argued that such a peppy number isn't the right choice for someone going to their final resting place, but even George Michael's t-shirt in the video works!

Highway to Hell - AC/DC

This is kind of a self-deprecating pick, but the humor is evident. If you want your relatives to question where exactly you're headed in the next life, this is how.

Of course, it also helps that this song has enough sonic power to shake anyone out of their gloom, and even maybe inspire some pew-side air guitar.

The Final Countdown - Europe

The Final Countdown is such a universally beloved anthem that it's hard to imagine a context in which it doesn't work. Until you imagine a funeral, that is.

A chorus so powerful it blows your hair back might not be everyone's pick for such a solemn event, but there are some rockers who think it's the perfect choice.

I'm Still Standing - Elton John

If you want a funeral that drips with irony and humor, then there's really no choice other than I'm Still Standing by Elton John.

With that said, if you're going to pull this kind of auditory prank on your loved ones, you should probably at least institute a dress code that's similarly out there.

(I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew

If you're set on playing a seminal cheesy pop track at your funeral, but something about NSYNC just isn't right for you, you could always opt for Cutting Crew.

Hopefully, (I Just) Died In Your Arms isn't so much of an on-the-nose choice as to render it completely horrifying in a funeral context, and is instead just funny.

The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds to Mars

It's unlikely that anyone over the age of 35 would choose this to play at their funeral, but there are plenty of millennial emos who would get a kick out of it.

What makes this so inappropriate is that Jared Leto spends an inordinate amount of time on the track screaming "Bury me! Bury me!" at the top of his lungs.

Bring Me To Life - Evanescance

Bring Me To Life is another millennial emo classic that would make the worst choice at a funeral... unless your goal is to make people laugh while they cry, of course.

The inappropriateness of this pick is elevated even more by the fact that most people, upon hearing it, can't help but scream along to the chorus.

I Am The Ressurrection - The Stone Roses

Sure, it's kind of a grandiose move, but it's not hard to see why someone would pick this Stone Roses track for their final exit from the world.

Not only is the title objectively hilarious in this context, but the song has a hopeful and upbeat vibe that would be more than welcome at such a solemn event.

Hot In Herre - Nelly

Not every incredibly inappropriate song choice is ill-advised because it is too dark and edgy for the occasion. The opposite can also pose a huge problem.

Hot In Herre by Nelly is a great choice for a club or even a very cool barbeque, but it's less appropriate for a funeral, especially one ending in a cremation.

Going Underground - The Jam

Also in the category of Britpop songs with innocuous titles that become suddenly punny if played at a funeral, is Going Underground by The Jam.

Of course, for this song to be as funny as possible, one would need to be buried and not cremated. Otherwise, it's just a tonally inappropriate choice!

Everything is Awesome - Tegan and Sara

When it was released in the 2010s, Everything is Awesome instantly sparked panic and fury, because it was catchy to the point of maddening.

This makes it an inappropriate choice for a funeral on two fronts: it's way too joyful and upbeat, and it's likely to elicit groans from half the people in attendance.

Live Forever - Oasis

Live Forever is sonically the perfect choice for a funeral: it's contemplative but hopeful, and anthemic but not upstaging.

The only problem is the title and the central premise of the song. Depending on those in attendance, playing this at a funeral could cause mass laughter or mass sobbing.

Bye Bye Bye - NSYNC

Not every hilarious funeral option is a rock song - there are also darkly funny options for pop music fans!

Bye Bye Bye is a very succinct last message to give your loved ones, but at least everyone might do the choreography!

Tubthumping - Chumbawumba

It's worth saying that if you're laying in a coffin, you've certainly gotten knocked down, but you're probably not going to get back up again.

Nevertheless, Tubthumping by Chumbawumba is an upbeat and hilariously inappropriate pick that also has the benefit of shouting out the power of unions in the workplace.

Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash

You know the expression "one foot in the grave"? Well, if you play this at your funeral, it's going to seem like it really applies to you.

Should I Stay or Should I Go is an early punk classic that no one could object to hearing, but it also gives the impression that you're too indecisive for mortality.

Disco Inferno - The Trammps

Something inherent in the disco genre makes it the perfect choice for funerals, if what you're going for is a social faux pas that verges on legendary.

Disco Inferno is the kind of inappropriate pick that will have everyone nervously shifting in their seats and glancing around, both due to the audacity and because they're looking for fire exits.

I'm Not Okay (I Promise) - My Chemical Romance

If you want emo flair as you go to your grave, you really can't do better (or worse, depending on your view of social conventions) than I'm Not Okay.

While emo rockers My Chemical Romance have songs that are more directly about death, only I'm Not Okay has a deeply inappropriate soaring, almost defiant, chorus.

Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex

There are a lot of seemingly inappropriate funeral song picks on this list that can become understandable via context or specific circumstances in life.

Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex is not one of those cases. If you're considering making your loved ones sit through this despised one-hit wonder, you should at least allow the choreography.

Survivor - Destiny's Child

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, if you want a song that will bring a rueful smile and tear to the eye through pure defiance, you need Destiny's Child.

At least, that's what will happen if the people in attendance know you well enough to be in on the joke. If not, there will be a lot of awkward shuffling.

Down With the Sickness - Disturbed

Depending on the cause of death, Down With the Sickness by Disturbed could go from mildly inappropriate to in the worst taste imaginable.

Still, if it's always been your dream to have people headbanging as your coffin is carried away, there are worse songs you could pick.

(Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult

There's no denying that (Don't Fear) The Reaper has its own special kind of class, owing to its intricate guitar work and sweeping, romantic lyrics.

However, that will not insulate you from the angry shouts of relatives that may reach you beyond the grave if you decide to go with this very nihilistic choice.

Titanium - David Guetta & Sia

Technically, Titanium by David Guetta & Sia should be an okay pick. It's not silly or that bombastic, it's just affirming and anthemic.

The problem is the chorus, which mandates that whoever is knocked down will surely get back up. A funeral probably isn't the best space for that sentiment.

That's The Way - KC & The Sunshine Band

Considering most people's awareness of this song extends no further than one line, it's amazing how almost anyone could instantly recognize how inappropriate it is for a funeral.

Sure, it's as sunshine-y a song as you would expect, which might alleviate some of the gloom, but would you really want this song stuck in your head at a wake?

(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!) - Beastie Boys

The old saying goes that punk will never die, and playing this song at your funeral is certainly one way to embody that energy.

With that said, a song that mentions saucy adult literature, narcotics, and anarchy might not be the right pick for a church... unless you're super cool, that is.

Crazy Frog - Axel F

If we're being totally honest, no one should play Crazy Frog by Axel F anywhere. That means not in a nightclub, not at a rave, and certainly not at a funeral.

In any other context, this inexplicable one-hit wonder is grating and intolerable. At what should be a mournful occasion, it's almost blasphemous. Want to choose it? Proceed with caution.

House Of Fun - Madness

There are scant few occasions where ska is an unwelcome presence. After all, it's alternative without being inaccessible, and groovy without being overbearing. That's especially true for Madness.

However, even if House Of Fun is a bona fide classic, there are some contexts where it just doesn't work. We're sorry to say that a funeral is one of them.

I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters

If you really think about it, "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" is a sentiment that wouldn't be out of place at most funerals. Nevertheless, it's an inappropriate pick.

The problem is the Scissor Sisters' jolly delivery and screeching falsetto, which is perfect for a raucous wedding reception or karaoke session, but maybe not for a person's final earthly outing.

Hit Me Baby (One More Time) - Britney Spears

Hit Me Baby (One More Time) is a weird pop hit even outside of a funeral context, because its European lyricist incorrectly assumed "hit me" means "call me". It doesn't.

Even so, a funeral is an especially strange place to hear this song, unless you're going to go all out and mandate everyone wear schoolgirl outfits and fluffy hair accessories.

Loveshack - B52's

There's an obvious problem with choosing Loveshack by the B52's, and a less obvious one. The obvious one, of course, is how wildly tonally inappropriate the unabashed joy is.

Maybe the more pragmatic problem though, is that it's just a very long song! Too long for the joke to stay funny all the way through, at the very least.

Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-Lot

You could probably argue that Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot is an inappropriate song to play during any important occasion. Wedding ceremony? No. Baptism? Nope. Graduation? Nah.

There's something even more unacceptable about playing this ode to behinds during a funeral though, unless you're planning on being buried face down.

Mad World - Tears for Fears

On the face of it, Mad World might seem like it could work for a funeral. It's solemn and stoic, after all, and its themes of existentialism and doubt work.

The problem is, it's so perfect it could only ever sound like a meme in such a genuinely serious context. The song is a parody of itself and should be avoided.

Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie

Plenty of people have opted to go take their final voyage soundtracked by by the ethereal David Bowie. That would be a wonderful choice, except they're going with Ashes to Ashes.

This pick is obviously inappropriate if you're planning on cremation, but more than that, the song is actually about substance abuse and its associated problems. It just doesn't have a funeral vibe.

Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle

Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle is many people's favorite love song. So it makes sense that many would choose this in honor of a left-behind partner.

Of course, the elephant in the room is that when you assert that heaven exists on Earth, it begs the question: "Well, where is the deceased going then?" Whoops!

Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead

Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead is such a popular song choice to herald a death that it even once charted in response to the passing of a prominent British politician.

Nevertheless, if someone chooses to play this at your funeral, you probably could have stood to be a little nicer in life. If you choose it for yourself... just yikes.

Friday - Rebecca Black

There's a time and a place for memes, but the moment you go to your grave probably isn't one of them. As such, you should skip the Rebecca Black.

Is it worth wasting such a finite and important moment forcing your loved ones to sit through excruciating teen pop from over a decade ago? Actually, maybe it is.

Dear God - XTC

Dear God might be a New Wave classic with classy, sparse instrumentation and a very appropriate for a funeral minor key, but it's still a bad choice.

If you want to leave this Earthly plane to a song that grapples with the problem of evil and the validity of nihilism in response to it, that's your business though!