Top10 Inappropriate Funeral Songs

Script written by Sean Harris There are just some records you really don't want played, when you're laid to rest! Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 inappropriate funeral songs! For this list, we've looked across all genres of music to find those songs that really just don't match the mood of a funeral! Special thanks to our users mac121mr0 and IV USER for submitting the idea at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Inappropriate Funeral Songs

There are just some records you really don't want played, when you're laid to rest! Welcome to where today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 inappropriate funeral songs!

For this list, we've looked across all genres of music to find those songs that really just don't match the mood of a funeral!

#10: "Highway To Hell" (1979)

We begin with a classic... But that doesn't make this AC/DC number funeral friendly! "Highway To Hell" includes arguably one of the world's most recognisable riffs and chorus lines, but it's difficult to imagine any roomful of mourners ever singing along! With lyrics originally penned about band vocalist Bon Scott's frequent pilgrimage to a favourite watering hole of his, should this start playing at any point, then the entire room will fancy a stiff drink too, pronto!

#9: "Runnin' With The Devil" (1978)
Van Halen

The first song on Van Halen's first album, this record's not the first you'd think of when it comes to paying last respects! With simple lyrics concerning the quest for a simple life, the major problem is with the main hook... Regardless of anybody's religious sway, the suggestion that the recently departed might now be rollin' with Satan, is a little difficult to drop into any funeral service! An iconic rock record? Yes... Made for the funeral march? No!

#8: "Forget You" (2010)
Cee Lo Green

A funeral is all about gathering to remember... And this song is all about trying to forget! Quite clearly, there's a clash here! Cee-Lo's lyrics lament a lost love, but they're nowhere near appropriate for a lost loved one! With a chorus as catchy as anything else out there, the only way this record could get any more inappropriate at a funeral, is if the explicit version played! With sixteen f-bombs in under four minutes, it'd be a day ironically impossible to forget!

#7: "Down With The Sickness" (2000)

Unless you want the funeral party to leave feeling exactly how our next band is named, then best not request this record at your send off! A heavy, hate filled-tirade against the society that the deceased has recently departed, with this as soundtrack the mood simply couldn't be any more sombre! Again, like Cee-Lo Green's "Forget You", the only way this record could be worse is if the full edit is used, instead of the radio version… Abusive mothers don't make for good funeral guests!

#6: "Bye Bye Bye" (2000)

There's a time and a place for turn of the century bubblegum pop, and the funeral parlour is certainly not it! Especially in relation to this particular record! Lyrically, "Bye Bye Bye" lacks even a little sensitivity, as the song plays out a romantic break up, but also brings down the deceased's curtain waaay too abruptly! Sure, say goodbye at a funeral... That's what they're there for! Say it three times if it makes it any easier... But whatever you do, don't start singing this song!

#5: "Happy" (2013)
Pharrell Williams

It 'might seem crazy, what Pharrell's about to say'.... And if you're at a funeral, that's because it is! One of the coolest, catchiest, full on feel good records of recent times, "Happy" is designed for the dance floor, not for the deathbed! “Happy” appearing upon a funeral playlist would be just plain wrong and weird! Has any funeral-goer ever felt like 'a room without a roof'?? We'd seriously hope not! No right-minded mourner is clapping along to anything, let alone these lyrics!

#4: "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" (1969)

An instantly recognisable 1960s classic, this song is probably Steam's most enduring record, mostly because it has been adopted by sports fans the world over! Universally used as a taunt toward any opposing team or player about to be beaten, or about to leave the field of play... The reasons why this song will never get the thumbs up for a funeral are obvious! Unless you're about to boo at, hiss at, and generally insult the recently departed as well (which we really hope you're not!), this song's entirely unsuitable!

#3: "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead" (1939)
Glinda and The Munchkins

We've all heard of a 'fairy tale wedding', but a 'fairy tale funeral' doesn't really work as well - especially if this song's the soundtrack of choice! Sung during "The Wizard of Oz" following the Wicked Witch of the East's death, there isn't an ounce of sorrow to its sensationally celebratory lyrics! "Ding Dong"s inappropriateness turned into controversy in 2013, however, when it charted at number 2 in the UK following the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

#2: "Stayin' Alive" (1977)
Bee Gees

If there's one general genre of music that doesn't match the mood of a funeral, it's disco! And if there's one disco classic that can surely never be played, then it's this one! With a pulsating beat medically recommended as a guide when giving CPR, it's awfully ironic that the subject of any funeral is beyond saving! While we’re on the topic of disco, Gloria Gaynor’s "I Will Survive" is inappropriate in its own right, but “Stayin’ Alive” would make for a slightly more awkward time.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

"Disco Inferno" (1976)
The Trammps

"Bat Out Of Hell" (1979)

"Best Day Of My Life" (2013)
American Authors

"Going Under" (2003)

"A Song for the Dead" (2002)
Queens of the Stone Age

#1: "Another One Bites the Dust" (1980)

People live. People die. Why bother making a scene over it..? Today's toe-tapping winner, when played in a funereal situation, asks exactly that question! An iconic record, it'd bring an apathetic edge to any funeral party, inspiring an indifference toward death that could only dampen spirits further! With the song asking if we're 'ready? Are we ready for this?'... We'd have to answer 'No, not really'! A group of people gathered to grieve, this is the last song on Earth we'd ever be 'ready' for!

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