The music chosen for funerals is undergoing a general change in trend, according to Co-op Funeralcare’s Funeral Music Chart. The research was conducted using its funeral arrangers and directors and is based on 30,000 funerals.
The biggest trend in the data is the move towards non-religious music, with 54% of funeral directors saying that hymns are declining in popularity, while pop has now become the most request music genre at services.
Wiz Khalifa, Rihanna and Adele are all new entrants to the contemporary pop category, though across all genres Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ is the most popular choice. Coronation Street rather depressingly is the TV theme played most at funerals, though a secondary poll revealed that Game of Thrones one might soon make an appearance in the chart.
The Top 10 were:
1 My Way - Frank Sinatra
2 Time to say goodbye - Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
3 Over the rainbow - Eva Cassidy
4 Wind beneath my wings - Bette Midler
5 The Lord is my shepherd - Psalm 23 / Crimond
6 We’ll meet again - Vera Lynn
7 All things bright and beautiful - Traditional
8 Always look on the bright side of life - Monty Python
9 Abide with me - Traditional
10 Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
Source: The Independent