EVEN though his ‘ol blue eyes’ closed more than a decade ago, Frank Sinatra’s My Way is the most popular song played at British funerals, a new survey has revealed.
In a clear departure from the traditional religious send-off pop songs now account for more than half of the music chosen as people’s final soundtrack, according to the poll of more than 30,000 funerals.
Those determined to have a novel funeral dirge are choosing songs most likely to shock such as Australian rockers AC/DC’s Highway to Hell and Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust.
The survey also reveals Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah has had a new lease of life after its recent success on the X-Factor talent show, where it was covered by winner Alexandra Burke.
Hymns are still chosen for a large number of people, possibly realising that getting closer to God they should maybe make a good impression. The Lord Is My Shepherd and All Things Bright And Beautiful are among the most popular music chosen in that vein.
For classical music fans, Schubert’s Ave Maria, Puccini’s Nessun Dorma and Bach’s Air On A G String are among the most chosen pieces.
Television and radio music also features on the burial playlist: theme tunes from popular programmes like Top Gear, The Benny Hill Show and even the Radio Four Shipping Forecast music are all popular.
“As more people choose non-religious funerals, so they incline towards contemporary songs with which they closely identify,” said Lorinda Sheasby of the funeral company which commissioned the survey.
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