Funeral Song Favourites


The latest funeral music survey found that while the most popular songs played at funerals in 2016 were largely sentimental there was still room for humour – but hymns were getting less and less popular. The main themes seem to be the notions of saying goodbye but not farewell, of defiance and hope rather than solemnity and pity.

The top five funeral music from 2016 were:

  1. My Way – Frank Sinatra (the hardy perennial)

  2. Time To Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli, or Katherine Jenkins(operatic hit)

  3. Over The Rainbow – Eva Cassidy(posthumous Wizard Of Oz hit)

  4. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler (‘Didn’t you know that you’re my hero?’)

  5. The Lord Is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)(the highest placed hymn)

The number one from 2014, Monty Python’s “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”, was still hanging in there in the top 10, and remains the top pop choice for the over-50s, followed by Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”.

Are pop songs becoming more popular than hymns?

According to Alison Crake, president of the National Association of Funeral Directors, popular music is “certainly becoming more commonplace” at funerals, with funerals today becoming “as much a celebration of life as a farewell, and are becoming increasingly personalised.”

And logically, if funerals are increasingly a ‘celebration of life’ rather than a sombre occasion, it is not hard to see why pop songs are overtaking hymns in popularity, with just 12 per cent of those aged 50 to 54 choosing a hymn, compared to one in four over-65s.

More modern pop songs that are gaining in use include Adele’s “Hello” and Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again”, with Robbie Williams’ “Angels” still a popular funeral song.

Have you thought about your own funeral wishes?

Planning ahead for a funeral is of course more than just about the music. With the cost of funerals going up all the time, having a pre-paid funeral plan can provide peace of mind to make a difficult situation that bit easier when the time comes.

  • It can help protect your family from financial stress and having to plan it all themselves
  • Buying a plan fixed at current prices can protect you against future inflation
  • The funds in the plan are safeguarded until it is needed
  • Paying by instalments can help spread the cost and help you budget


Source: Daily Telegraph June 6th 2017

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