Songs for the End of Life

What’s the last song you want to hear before you die?

Photo by Namroud Gorguis on Unsplash

What’s the last song you want to hear before you die? Inspired by this piece from the Washington Post and the playlist shared, we turned to you, the End Well community, to find out what songs provide the greatest comfort and meaning at the end of life.

After compiling the End Well community’s responses into our own Spotify playlist, we were struck by both the wide variety of genres represented by this list and how the songs uniquely capture generational attitudes toward love, loss, and the human experience. Our playlist shows just how diverse expectations about the end-of-life experience can be. As we continue to explore what it means to end well, we hope this playlist steams the kind of creativity and purpose we can all bring into the plans we make for ourselves and our loved ones.


Below are some highlights from our playlist by decade. Let us know — what songs are missing for you?

1960s

Louis Armstrong — What a Wonderful World (1968)

1970s

Bruce Springsteen — Born to Run (1975)

1980s

Kathleen Battle — Ave Maria (1986)

1990s

Pearl Jam — Release (1991)

2000s

Brad Paisley — When I Get Where I’m Going (2005)

2010s

Beyonce — I Was Here (2011)