It’s a healthy approach to deal with the weighty issue of death to mourn someone you love via music. Make sure to stock up on tissues before you watch this. We’ve compiled a selection of the best 15 songs about death to help you let go of your sorrows.
- 1 1. “Tears In Heaven” by Eric Clapton
- 2 2. “Hurt” by Johnny Cash
- 3 3. “One More Day” by Diamond Rio
- 4 4. “(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight” by Cutting Crew
- 5 5. “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw
- 6 6. “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
- 7 7. “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan
- 8 8. “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum
- 9 9. “Dream On” by Aerosmith
- 10 10. “Live and Die” by The Avett Brothers
- 11 11. “Five More Minutes”
- 12 12. “One More Day”
- 13 13. Going, Going, Gone by Bob Dylan
- 14 14. The Killing of Georgie by Rod Stewart
- 15 15. Fire and Rain by James Taylor
1. “Tears In Heaven” by Eric Clapton
The loss of a child is the most devastating thing imaginable. This song was written by Eric Clapton as a tribute to his 4-year-old son, who died of cancer. In the wake of his devastating loss, Clapton chose to use it as a form of self-healing.
2. “Hurt” by Johnny Cash
Nine Inch Nails’ original version of the song, “Alone in the Dark,” has a stronger emotional impact when confronted with mortality.
3. “One More Day” by Diamond Rio
As a song, “One More Day” conveys the sadness of not spending enough time with loved ones before they die. Although we may not always have one more day, it’s best to live in the moment and appreciate the time we have left with those we love.
4. “(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight” by Cutting Crew
Although this song isn’t about an actual death, it focuses on the small deaths that occur when we make mistakes. The lead singer’s New Year’s Eve affair with a female while in a relationship with someone else inspired the song.
5. “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw
What would you do if you only had a limited amount of time left? This is the premise of the song. I believe it pushes people to live their best life possible.
6. “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
The female narrator paints a picture of death that is both serene and comforting. She has no regrets about her life and understands that catastrophic events like death might eventually bring attention to the issues that are important to people.
7. “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan
This one’s going to be a tearjerker. Hope and comfort can be found in this tragic song.
8. “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum
A bouncy melody about facing death and what might happen to us when we die.
9. “Dream On” by Aerosmith
A reminder to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment till the bittersweet end.
10. “Live and Die” by The Avett Brothers
An uplifting song that serves as a reminder that we all die at some point in our lives.
11. “Five More Minutes”
“Five More Minutes” is a tribute to McCreery’s grandfather, who had recently gone away, who had been such an important figure in the singer’s life.
He exclaimed, “There are angels in this room” at the age of 86, and we all knew it was coming.
“Five More Minutes” is sung by McCreery in the song.
When I realized I had so much to say, I asked God, “Lord, I ain’t through. / Just give us five more minutes.””
12. “One More Day”
“One More Day,” a heartfelt song written by Bobby Tomberlin and Steven Dale Jones, is about longing a deceased loved one might return for one more day. With one more day with you, I’d pray for time to slow down / I’d unplug the phone and keep the TV off / I’d hold you every second and say a million I love yous / That is exactly what I’d do if I could.”
Additionally, “One More Day” climbed Diamond Rio’s list to the top of the adult contemporary and the Hot 100 charts. A Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal was also nominated for the song.
13. Going, Going, Gone by Bob Dylan
I’m closing the book/On the pages and the text/And I don’t really care/What happens next is a classic song by Bob Dylan that captures suicidal ideas in a powerful way. For those who have never been in a state of sadness like this, the words are genuinely heartbreaking.
14. The Killing of Georgie by Rod Stewart
On the pages and in the text/And I don’t really care/What happens next is a famous Bob Dylan song that conveys suicidal thoughts in a dramatic manner. The words are quite distressing for people who have never experienced such pain.
15. Fire and Rain by James Taylor
One of James Taylor’s most poignant songs deals with a close friend’s suicide and the singer’s own difficulties with drugs and stardom. Listeners will get an idea of what it’s like to be alone after a loss from the lyrics, “I’ve seen lonely days when I couldn’t find a friend/But I always imagined I’d see you again.”