Many next of kin choose to play music at funerals, and a deceased person may leave instructions regarding music to play at the funeral. Many of the most popular funeral songs are classical pieces or hymns, but mourners may also choose to play popular music and pop standards.
Popular classical pieces for funerals include both instrumental and choral pieces. Some common classical pieces include "Symphony No. 9, Largo, 2nd Movement," by Anton Dvorak; and "La cathédrale engloutie," by Claude Debussy. Popular music for funerals include songs by Johnny Cash and The Beatles, or a favorite song that the deceased person enjoyed during life.