100 Songs about Grief and Loss: Volume Two

Back in April we posted 64 Songs About Grief and Loss: Volume One. Some songs on our grief mix were WYG picks and some were suggested by you, our readers. After posting the first volume we received tons of song suggestions which told us we clearly needed to make a Volume Two.

If you read WYG with any regularity, you know we (arbitrarily) like our lists to be 64 things long, but we received so many song suggestions we had to make a special exception this time.  As long as I could find a reader’s recommendation on iTunes, I included it (my apologies if I missed any).

I won’t take up too much of your time with talk, but as I was going through these I was really struck by the diverse range of music recommended.  Pop, religious, rock, soul, country, folk; some with vague meanings, some with literal interpretations; and for all different types of loss.  I guess this just reinforces the idea that we’re all unique individuals with personal ideas about what we find comforting in our grief.

Alright I guess I’ll let the music take over from here….

Over You by Miranda Lambert

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Busted Heart by For King and Country

Anchor Me by The Tenors

Go Rest High on That Mountain by Vince Gill

The Lord Bless You and Keep You by Westminster Abbey Choir

Landslide by Dixie Chicks

Plus about 90 more which you can check out via this playlist:

Or in list format:

1.  Over You – Miranda Lambert

2.   Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

3.   Busted Heart – For King and Country

4.   Anchor Me – The Tenors

5.   Someone’s Watching Over Me – Hillary Duff

6.   Go Rest High on That Mountain – Vince Gill

7.   The Lord Bless You and Keep You – John Rutter

8.   Landslide – Dixie Chicks

9.   You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker

10. I Wish I Was the Mood – Neko Case

11. Breathe Me – Sia

12. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross

13. Poems, Prayers and Promises – John Denver

14. I’ll See You Again – Westlife

15. Radios in Heaven – Plain White T’s

16. All My Trials – Peter, Paul and Mary

17. Sadko – Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra

18. You Are My Sunshine – Elizabeth Mitchell

19. Homesick – Mercy Me

20. Life By the Drop – Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble

21. Seasons of Love – Glee Cast

22. Gloryland – Ralph Stanley

23. If I Had Only Known – Reba McEntire

24. Heaven Was Needing a Hero – Jo Dee Messina

25. Madama Butterly, Act 2: Humming Chorus – Chorus of the Vienna State Opera

26. My Man’s Gone Now – Ella Firzgerald

27. The Last Beat of My Heart – DeVotchKa

28. Mother and Child Reunion – Paul Simoon

29. I Will Carry You – Selah

30. Smile – Nat “King” Cole

31. Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel) – Billy Joel

32. I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan

33. How Can I Help You Say Goodbye – Patty Loveless

34. Leader of the Band – Dan Fogelberg

35. The Greatest Man I Never Knew – Reba McEntire

36. The Parting Glass – The Wailin’ Jennys

37. South Tacoma Way – Neko Case

38. Wish You Were Here – Avril Lavigne

39. Breakeven (Falling to Pieces) – The Script

40. Beautiful – Amy Grant

41. Daedalus – Errollyn Wallen

42. Band the Drum Slowly – Emmylou Harris

43. Farther Along – Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris

44. Love Never Dies – Patti LaBelle

45. Please Remember – LeAnn Rimes

46. I Do Love You – Billy Stewart

47. Without You – Rent

48. 5 – 10 – 15 – 20 (25-30 Years Of Love) – The Presidents

49. Ripple – Grateful Dead

50. Sunshine On My Shoulders – John Denver

51. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam

52. One More Day – Diamond Rio

53. Never Let Go – David Crowder Band

54. The Hurt & The Healer – Mercy Me

55. Sunshower – Chris Cornell

56. Who Knew – Pink

57. Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way – LeAnne Rimes

58. There You’ll Be – Faith Hill

59. Will the Circle Be Unbroken – June Carter Cash

60. Tonight – FM Static

61. When You Come Back to Me Again – Garth Brooks

62. It Is Well With My Soul – River City Music

63. That’s What Angels Can Do – The Wood Brothers

64. The Scientist – Coldplay

65. Angel Standing By – Jewel

66. Dreaming With a Broken Heart – John Mayer

67. Clouds – Zach Sobiech

68. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

69. Paganini

70. I Think Of You – Rodriguez

71. Goodbye Stranger – Supertramp

72. Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons

73. Rose of Sharyn – Killswitch Engage

74. Cab – Train

75. Goodbye – Lionel Richie

76. Terri Clark – Damn Right

77. Need You Now – Plumb

78. Save a Place For Me – Matthew West

79. Fall On My Knees – The Browders

80. The Dance – Garth Brooks

81. Someday – JJ Heller

82. I Do – Linda Jones

83. Catch the Wind – Donovan

84. Where’ve You Been – Kathy Mattea

85. Life Ain’t Always Beautiful – Gary Allan

86. Forever Love – Reba McEntire

87. Goodbye To You – Michelle Branch

88. I Want You to Live – George Canyon

89. If I Don’t Make it Back – Tracy Lawrence

90. Not a Day Goes By – Lonestar

91. Round About Way – George Strait

92. To Where You Are – Josh Groban

93. If You Could See Me Now – The Script

94. Happy Ending – Mika

95. Grace – Kate Havnevik

96. Irish Rose – O.A.R.

97. Forever – Rascal Flatts

98 Still Holding Out for You– SheDaisy

99. Hello Young, Lovers – King and I

100. I’ll Fly Away – Gillian Welch & Alison Krauss

If you’ve looked through both Grief and Loss Volumes and still have a song to recommend, please do! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to receive posts straight to your e-mail inbox.  


Keli Burfield

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm

So when I close friend died when I was 19 my songs were “It Was Almost Like a Song” and “When You Remember Me” along with several others. I still have a hard time listening to “Seasons in the Sun” and “Vincent” has come to mind with several recent acquaintances. With my mom my songs have been “I’ll Fly Away” (last one I sang to her) and “Edge of the Moon” from Celtic Thunder. I probably have my own very long list of grief songs because there are quite a few that make me cry!


john burton

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm

These ARE good. Where do we find the other 90 or so?



Posted on July 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Hey John,

Right below the videos and where it says there are another 90 or so you should see an iTunes playlist. You may have to wait a few moments for it to load.



Mary Y

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm

1. Even the Best of Friends – Randy Stonehill
2. I Will Remember You – Amy Grant
3. Willie by Doug Howell
4. Your Wildest Dreams – Moody Blues
5. Pieces of April – Three Dog Night
6. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton


Lonely Ocean

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Great list….thanks ! Heard an amazing song a few days ago by Mindy Smith called “One Moment More”. For your next list…. Also want to thank you two for all you do for us here at WYG. This site has been a daily ‘go to’ for me in these first 7 months since the love of my life died. You have helped through the tough times more than you can know.



Posted on July 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Oh thank you so much! You really have no idea how much your positive feedback means to us. We write this blog as a hobby and often question ourselves so your comment is really meaningful to us. Thank you for the song suggestions and we will definitely add them to the list for Volume 3.



Posted on July 26, 2014 at 3:24 pm

An old country song, sung by Vern Gosdin and also Randy Travis, I believe it may have been written by George Jones, Chiseled in Stone is my current favorite.



Posted on July 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Thank you for your suggestions!! We’ll add them to the list for volume 3!


john burton

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

From Here to the Moon and Back – Dolly Parton w/Kris Kristofferson



Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Message In A Bottle – the Police
Through Glass – Stone Sour
castle of Glass – Linkin Park



Posted on August 1, 2014 at 8:51 am

Afire Love – Ed Sheeran
You wouldn’t cry for me today – Mandisa
6 Weeks – James Morrison
Oceans (Where my feet may fail) – Hillsong

Perfect World – Simple Plan


Jennie Akins

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Avril Lavigne- Slipped Away, one of the best ones I’ve heard recently, and i don’t usually like her stuff. I don’t know if this song is here but I didn’t see it so I thought I’d add it.



Posted on August 13, 2014 at 2:38 am

Let it Hurt by Rascal Flatts



Posted on October 2, 2014 at 3:03 am

Spirit Carries On – Dream Theater
The Best of Times – Dream Theater
Take away my pain – Dream Theater
Ne me quitte pas – Jacques Brel
Save me – Avenged Sevenfold
Victim – Avenged Sevenfold
So Far Away – Avenged Sevenfold
Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd
Nobody Home – Pink Floyd
Remember Tomorrow – Iron Maiden
Only – Nine Inch Nails
Time: The Beginning – Megadeth

This basically my playlist since my brother died last week. It just matches whatever the hell is going on inside my head. Hope it helps.



Posted on January 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm

my 29 year old older brother died in 2002-Kite by U2. My husbands best friend died in 2008-apologize by OneRepublic


Trish Jackson

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 12:59 am

My mother passed away suddenly June 3rd, 14. She was my world. Not a day goes by that I don’t hurt and cry for her. I planned the funeral. It was the hardest thing in my life to do. I tried to keep things the way my mother would of liked them. She was on 58. Here are the songs we played
One More Day by Dimond Rio (that was played during her lifeline slide show
Amazing Grace sang by the little girl. (It was one of her favs but mom was so much like a child. )
To Make You feel my Love by Adele
Go Rest High on the Mountain by Vince Gill. I pray you all can find peace



Posted on January 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm


I’m so sorry. These are beautiful song choices, I’m sure the funeral was lovely although I’m sure it was very difficult to plan. My heart goes out to you.




Posted on January 23, 2015 at 10:07 am

Nice posts and thoughts from many – as well as many beautiful songs! One I did not see on your list (although the song right before it, from the album ‘American Beauty’ – Ripple) is Brokedown Palace. Sweet, sad, beautiful song!



Posted on January 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm

I guess I should have mentioned ‘Brokedown Palace’ was by The Grateful Dead. Sorry!



Posted on June 21, 2015 at 6:25 pm

‘I Try’ by Macie Gray is really poignant, I feel.



Posted on July 24, 2015 at 11:21 am

Pink- Beam Me Up
Evanescence – My Immortal
Rascal Flatts- Forever
Rascal Flatts- Why
Evanescence – My Heart Is Broken
We Are The Fallen- The Only One
Duran Duran – Ordinary World



Posted on September 8, 2015 at 6:12 pm



Posted on September 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm

My Husband passed away unexpectedly at the age of 44 Aug 3rd. He loved grunge and these were not over the top, something he would have like and appropriate. Well maybe he would have preferred we rocked that place out since he was a singer but his friends had a get together afterwards for him (music and all) I know he would have wanted it that way.
Pearl Jam-Just Breathe
REM- you are the everything


Helen Zz

Posted on October 17, 2015 at 8:23 pm

This one too is beautiful, Sad Roses by Idan Raichel. The video has a translation.



Posted on November 13, 2015 at 9:47 pm

Here is a link to my Google+ page that contains songs that speak to widowhood.
Tessa <3



Posted on November 13, 2015 at 10:05 pm

The songs include some off the beaten track tunes…
If I have To Go, Tom Waits
My Least Favorite Life, Lara Lynne
Underneath The Weeping Willow, Grandaddy
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hank Williams
The Living, Natalie Merchant




Posted on November 18, 2015 at 5:10 am

My dad died when I was a teen and a lot of the songs for him are on one of these two lists. The songs that get me through my boyfriend’s death that aren’t already on those lists are:

Vanilla Twilight – Owl City
Silhouette – Owl City
Talking to the Moon – Bruno Mars
Only One – Kanye West (though it’s for his mother)
See You Again – Carrie Underwood
See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
When I Look at You – Miley Cyrus
War of My Life – John Mayer
In Repair – John Mayer

Please don’t judge these…
I’ll Always Remember You – Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana
Every Part of Me – Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana
I Miss You – Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana

I hope these help someone. I have a lot more, but my iPod is upstairs and it’s 4am, so I had to do this from memory. I have a massive playlist if anyone needs more suggestions. Take care of yourselves.



Posted on January 13, 2016 at 4:10 pm

I would add “the Luckiest” by Ben Folds


GR Gallagher

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Little Boy – Kingston Trio
Three Stars – Eddie Cochran
There are others, but I either can’t remember the artist(s) or the correct song name



Posted on March 4, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Louise- Bonnie Raitt



Posted on April 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Up to where you are by Josh Groban ..was the one we played at my twin grandsons funeral…and my mom The Dance by Garth Brooks


Tiffany Anderson

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 6:13 pm

My brother passed away 4 years ago.I’m still hurting by the fact that I was the last person to see him before he went to his room and have a heart attack. I’ve never told him that I love him. I didn’t say goodbye to him. But I hope he’s in a better place now❤️



Posted on October 16, 2016 at 11:15 pm

Brother- falling in reverse
The memory- Mayday parade
What hurts the most- Rascal Flatts