Need to make your will but have been putting it off?
We get it, making a will isn’t exactly at the top of our weekend fun list. But, we’ve created a playlist to listen to while making your will to hopefully make it a little more… fun?
Creating your will with Willful only takes 20 minutes, start to finish. Listen to this playlist while Willful guides you through making your legal online will from the comfort of home.
Here are 20 of our favourite songs to listen to while writing your will.
1. “Hey Brother” By Avicii
First up? Avicii's “Hey Brother”. We love this song because it highlights sisterhood/brotherhood and how special and strong the bond between you and your family members are. In his song, Avicii is letting his family know that he is committed to their well-being.
A simple way to show your family you love and care is through writing your will! It ensures they don’t have to deal with extra hardship when you pass away… because dying without a will can be messy.
2. “Taking Care Of Business” By The Guess Who
This awesome song was inspired by The Beatles, “Paperback Writer”. “Takin’ Care Of Business” then introduced the expression into everyday speech, which athletes, entertainers, and regular people have used to denote being on the job ever since. What’s another great way to take care of business? By writing a will and protecting your assets for your loved ones!
3. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” By Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell
Like “Takin Care Of Business”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is also a song about determination and perseverance. When you work hard, don’t you want to be remembered for your achievements? One easy way to leave a legacy is by writing your will. This song is almost guaranteed to inspire you to do anything to show your loved ones you care.
4. “Lean On Me” By Bill Withers
The next song on our list is “Lean On Me”! One of our main takeaways from this song is that providing for others in times of need isn't only entirely selfless - it's for our own benefit. Similarly, writing a will protects those you care about most, but it’s also in our best interest.
But also, your will is something for your loved ones to lean onto even when you’re gone. It provides a blueprint to guide them through your wishes.
5. “I’ll Be There” By The Jackson 5
Just like “Lean On Me”, “I’ll Be There” is about unconditional love and being there for your loved ones. As a parent, it’s important to protect your children and be there for your kids as they grow up. This includes guiding your children but also being prepared for the unexpected. Writing a will not only protects your children but is also a great way to ensure your legacy is left behind.
6. “Keep The Family Close” by Drake
Next up is Drake’s “Keep The Family Close”! This song has a couple of overarching themes to it, including the importance of family. Drake’s love for the city of Toronto is definitely apparent in this song, which will certainly be part of his legacy. Leaving a legacy can be done by writing a will to ensure your wishes are fulfilled even when you pass away.
7. “Stayin’ Alive” By Bee Gees
“Stayin’ Alive” is a classic masterpiece. The song is associated with disco and the Bee Gees say the song is so much more than dancing and having a good time. It's about hardship and aspiration, about finding your way in the world after being tossed around. What other song is a better fit to listen to while writing your final wishes?
8. “We Are Family” By Sister Sledge
This Sister Sledge song is an ultimate tribute to female friendships and the importance of family. But this iconic song represents so much more than powerful women. It highlights the important people in your life and is one of those songs that makes you feel happy, blessed, and will bring back memories. There’s truly no better feeling than listening to this song while writing your will!
Speaking of family…. This playlist could help inspire your friends and family to complete writing your will together. Bringing some friends and family along on the ride is almost guaranteed to make the process more fun. Check out a few reasons why estate planning is better with friends and family!
9. “You’ll Be In My Heart” (Tarzan) By Phill Collins
“You’ll Be In My Heart” was featured in Disney’s Tarzan and has won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Collins originally wrote the song for his 10-year-old daughter, Lily. The song is used in a scene when Tarzan’s adoptive gorilla mother sings that her son should stop weeping because she will protect and keep him warm and safe. We love this song and how much it inspires us to protect our loved ones!
10. “Brendan’s Death Song” By Red Hot Chili Peppers
Song #10 has a lot of important reminders! “Brendan’s Death Song” highlights not being afraid of death and living life to the fullest. You never know what tomorrow holds, so it’s always important to prepare for anything. We promise that this song will give you chills.
11. Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head)” By Powfu
“Death Bed” first became popular on TikTok when Kobe Bryant died. People on TikTok were making videos about Bryant’s death and using this song as background music. Eventually, it was used as a trend on TikTok for users to confess their love to each other.
We love this song because the lyrics talk a lot about how he hopes for the best after he leaves this earth. An easy way to ensure your wishes are taken care of is by writing a will! What other song is a better fit to listen to while writing yours?
12. “I’ll Fly Away” By Kanye West
“I’ll Fly Away” is in Kanye West’s debut album The College Dropout (2004). The World Legendary Tony Williams and DeRay Davis perform a rendition of the famous Albert E. Brumley gospel hymn "I'll Fly Away." Kanye’s lyrics refer to flying away to heaven and meeting God when your life comes to an end. We added this song to our list because it reminds us that death is inevitable so it’s important to live life to the fullest and always prepare for the unexpected.
13. “Live Like You Were Dying” By Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw’s song proposes the question of what you would do if you knew you had a limited amount of time yet. His lyrics encourage people to live life to the fullest. This song reminds us to do the things on our bucket list… So do what Tim says, live life to the fullest.
But if you’re going to go skydiving, you should probably write your will first!
14. “If I Die Young” By The Band Perry
Next up… “If I Die Young” gives a serene depiction of death. The narrator has no regrets about her life and understands that something as awful as death can sometimes be the catalyst for people to pay attention. The singer comes to the realization that, if she were to "die young," she would be content with the life she's led and would want her loved ones to rejoice in her life rather than mourn it.
Choose how you want to leave your legacy and how you want to be remembered by creating your estate plan.
15. "Remember Me” (Lullaby) (From “Coco”/Sing-Along)
This song is one of our personal favourites. It makes us think about how we want to be remembered and who we care about most. This adorable lullaby is guaranteed to help you plan for the unexpected and take care of your family members.
16. “Until The Day I Die” By Story Of The Year
This song is a fantastic love song about two people who love one another through all of life's ups and downs till they die. It makes a comparison between heartbreak and death. We hope listening to this song helps inspire your wishes.
17. “The Nights” By Avicii
“The Nights” is guaranteed to make you think about caring for your loved ones. This song emphasizes that we should live life to the fullest. Avicii reminds listeners to live freely and lightly, regardless of the obstacles thrown your way. Remember the good times and moments that make life worth living!
18. “Green Green Grass” By George Ezra
The “Green Green Grass” talks about “throwing a party on the day I die”. The singer told Clash Magazine that the song was inspired by a trip to St Lucia, where he witnessed a beautiful celebration of life. He explained that there was a street party where a woman told him it was for a funeral of three people. They were celebrating all three lives.
Ezra thought it was a beautiful way to be remembered and celebrated. If you also want to throw a party on the day you die, you can outline those wishes in your will!
19. “Life's Too Short” By Two Friends ft. FITZ of Fitz & The Tantrums
This song reminds us to make the most of each and every moment. It also reminds us to do the important things and accomplish our dreams. Listening to this song is guaranteed to make you reminisce on happy memories. They sing “So I go to sleep now, and with a smile”. After you write your will you’re guaranteed to have peace of mind and go to sleep with a smile. There’s truly no better song to listen to while writing your will.
20. “Another One Bites The Dust” By Queen
Last but not least, this classic masterpiece makes it impossible to not sing along. “Biting the dust” refers to a person dying, but the lyrics also remind us to overcome hardship. By writing your will, you’ll have peace of mind and be prepared for the unexpected.
While wills and death can feel like a taboo subject and not something most of us like to think about, we hope these songs make writing your will a little easier. Perhaps you can leave this playlist in your will to help your loved ones grieve when you pass.