Candle Lighting Song Suggestions

Below you will find a list of song suggestions for candle lighting ceremonies. We are consistently asked for suggestions, so here are our most popular. With these in mind, we suggest that you get creative in your selection process and find songs that directly represent the honorees. There’s no right or wrong choice—just pick songs that feel fitting to you. As a tip, song selections very often relate to a person’s name or where they live (for example “California Girls” by the Beach Boys or “”Call Me Al” by Paul Simon).

Additionally, there is no right or wrong order for guests during the candle lighting ceremony. However, candle order commonly resembles this:

First candle: Memory Candle
Next candle(s): Grandparents
Next candle(s): Aunts, Uncles, Cousins
Next candle(s): Close friends of the Family
Next candle(s): Friends of the guest of honor (can be grouped such as camp
friends, soccer friends, etc.)
Next candle(s): Siblings
Next candle: Parents
Last candle: Good luck candle for the guest of honor

Memory Candles

Why Rascal Flats
Angel Of Mine Monica
Memory Barbra Streisand
What Hurts The Most Rascal Flatts
Someone You Loved Lewis Capaldi
I Will Remember You Sarah MacLauchlan
Heaven Kane Brown
Heaven Was Needing A Hero Jo Dee Messina
Memories Maroon 5
In The Arms Of An Angel Sarah MacLauchlan
My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion
You’ll Be In My Heart Phil Collins
One Sweet Day Mariah Carey
Somewhere Out There Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
Together Again Janet Jackson
Tears In Heaven Eric Clapton
Candle in the Wind Elton John
I’ll Be Missing You P. Diddy

Family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins)

Can’t Smile Without You Barry Manilow
I’ll Be There The Jackson 5
Oh, What a Night The Four Seasons
Forever Young Rod Stewart
I Just Called To Say I Love You Stevie Wonder
In My Life The Beatles
Simply The Best Tina Turner
Through The Years Kenny Rogers
Times Of Your Life Paul Anka
Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
God Only Knows The Beach Boys
Young At Heart Frank Sinatra
Unforgettable Nat King & Natalie Cole
We Are Family Sister Sledge
Love Will Keep Us Together Captain & Tenille
When I’m 64 The Beatles
One Moment In Time Whitney Houston
I Love You Always Forever Donna Lewis


Memories Maroon 5
Have It All Jason Mraz
Can You Feel The Love Tonight Elton John
Have I Told You Lately Rod Stewart
Daddy’s Little Girl The Mills Brothers
I Turn To You Christina Aguilera
You’re The Inspiration Chicago
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life Stevie Wonder
Count On Me Bruno Mars
Simply The Best Tina Turner
Isn’t She Lovely? Stevie Wonder
Everlasting Love Gloria Estefan
Teach Your Children Crosby Stills Nash & Young
Endless Love Mariah Carey
I’ll Be There For You Jon Bon Jovi
Just The Way You Are Billy Joel
How Sweet it is to be Loved by You Marvin Gaye
Everything I Do Bryan Adams
Your Mama Don’t Dance Loggins and Messina
Stuck with You Huey Lewis and the News


Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
Bad Boys Inner Circle
She Drives Me Crazy Fine Young Cannibals
Party Rock Anthem LMFAO
Eye of the Tiger Survivor
(You Drive Me) Crazy Britney Spears
Sharp Dressed Man ZZ Top
Anything You Can Do Irving Berlin
Little Sister Elvis Presley
Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
We Like to Party Venga Boys
What’s My Age Again Blink 182
All The Small Things Blink 182


Me & My Girls Fifth Harmony
Good As Hell Lizzo
True Friends Miley Cyrus
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
The Boys Are Back In Town Thin Lizzy
All Star Smash Mouth
One More Time Daft Punk
Breaking Free High School Musical
Stand By Me Ben E. King
I’ll Be There For You Rembrandts
Rather Be Jess Glynne
We Are The Champions Queen
Mi Gente J Balvin, Willy William
You’ve Got A Friend In Me Randy Newman (from “Toy Story”)
We Go Together “Grease”
With A Little Help From My Friends Beatles
Graduation (Friends Forever ) Vitamin C
I’ll Stand By You The Pretenders
Count On Me Bruno Mars
Party Rock Anthem LMFAO
That’s What Friends Are For Dionne Warwick
Thank You For Being A Friend Andrew Gold
My Best Friend Weezer
You’re My Best Friend Queen
Umbrella Rihanna
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye & Tammi Turrell
Time After Time Cyndi Lauper
Glad You Came The Wanted
Live While We’re Young One Direction

Guest Of Honor Good Luck Candle

This Is Me Camp Rock
Best Day Of My Life American Authors
Get This Party Started Pink