Frank Sinatra’s My Way topped a funeral song chart compiled by Co-op Funeralcare, ahead of Time To Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, and Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy.
A study among 300 Co-op funeral directors and 2,000 adults showed increasing numbers of people having a playlist ready for their funeral.
Two out of five of those polled said they wanted to “raise a laugh” at their funeral, explaining why Monty Python’s Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life remains one of the most popular songs, with one in 10 saying they would consider The Jam’s Going Underground. Hymns are becoming less popular, although The Lord Is My Shepherd was the fifth most popular request this year.
Theme tunes from TV programmes such as Game Of Thrones could become more popular in the future, the Co-op predicted.
A list of the most popular funeral songs by pop artists included Robbie Williams, Westlife, Adele and Rihanna.
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Time To Say Goodbye - Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
Over the Rainbow - Eva Cassidy
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
The Lord is my Shepherd - Psalm 23
We’ll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
All Things Bright and Beautiful - Traditional
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life - Month Python
Abide With Me - Traditional
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole