By Nicola Meadows, Funeral Director
Music is one of the many important parts of any funeral. It can reflect your loved ones personality, it can give comfort during a difficult time and it can even bring back memories of times spent together.
We want to get people to open up and talk about funeral planning, and music can be an easy way to start the conversation. So, I along with many other Funeralcare colleagues took part in the #FuneralMusic survey to discover which songs have been the most requested at funerals over the past year.
We finally have our top ten, and unsurprisingly, the number one spot goes to ‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra. This is a classic song that resonates with many of our clients, and is a real reflection on how the general public live and celebrate their lives – their own way.
Ed Sheeran has entered the chart for the first time this year with his song Supermarket Flowers at number 6, which shows that we’re starting to see some changes in song choice, with more contemporary and modern songs being selected at funerals.
There have also been several more unusual requests, such as Burn Baby Burn, Single Ladies, and Bat Out Of Hell. This is on trend in the way clients personalise funerals for their loved ones, and they pick tracks that feel right for them and what they feel their loved one would enjoy (sometimes as inside jokes).
Funeral personalisation helps family members feel more involved, like they’re giving their loved one something special and out of the ordinary. It can be comforting to families to pick songs they feel represent their loved one and their personality.
Historically, hymns and an organist would play ‘traditional’ funeral songs as clients felt this was the ‘done’ thing. Nowadays people pick tracks that feel more meaningful to them that help create an environment they feel more comfortable in.
I haven’t picked a song for my own funeral yet as I keep changing my mind, but currently I quite like the idea of having some live jazz.
You can see the full top ten list below, and you can download our full playlist on Spotify*. Don’t forget to also tune into your local radio station, BBC Breakfast and Virgin Radio to catch #FuneralMusic coverage with David Collingwood, Director of Funerals, with special guests Sinitta and Raegan Drew, Funeral Director.
I’d love to hear what songs you’d like to be played at your own funeral, so please join in the conversation on social media using #FuneralMusic.
- My Way, Frank Sinatra (non-mover)
- Time To Say Goodbye, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman (non-mover)
- Over The Rainbow, Eva Cassidy (non-mover)
- Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler (non-mover)
- Angels, Robbie Williams (previously made 2014 chart)
- Supermarket Flowers, Ed Sheeran (new entry)
- Unforgettable, Nat King Cole (up 3 places)
- You Raise Me Up, Westlife (new entry)
- We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn (down 3 places)
- Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, Eric Idle from Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (down 2 places)
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