Would you know what hymn or song your loved one would want played at their funeral? If not, you are not alone, more than seven out of ten people in a recent survey said that they were not certain.

Popular Funeral Songs

In a previous survey of the nation’s top 10 most popular contemporary funeral songs were –

  1. “My Way” by Frank Sinatra
  2. “Time to Say Goodbye” by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
  3. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
  4. “Over The Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy
  5. “Angels” by Robbie Williams
  6. “You Raise Me Up” by Westlife
  7. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Gerry & the Pacemakers
  8. “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn
  9. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
  10. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole

However, over 50 percent of respondents said they would choose something different than these top 10 songs for their own funeral.

Some Prefer to “Look on the Bright Side of Life”

A positive approach is preferred by the British nationally. Monty Python’s Life of Brian, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” was the most suggested song outside of the top 10. The celebratory “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes and the reflective “Never Forget” by Take That and “Who Wants to Live Forever” by Queen were among the other choices.

“Highway to Hell,” “Disco Inferno (Burn Baby Burn),” “Staying Alive,” and “Light My Fire” were included among the more tongue in cheek ideas. “Dancing Queen” by Abba, “The Timewarp,” Chesney Hawkes’s “The One and Only,” and “Gangnam Style” were upbeat and individualistic suggestions.

If the variety of song choices are any indication, we really have very little idea of what music our loved ones would want played at their funeral. This makes it all the more apparent that we should talk to them about it as part of any comprehensive funeral planning.

Are You Prepared for a Loved One’s Death?

Unfortunately, the vast majority of people find it incredibly uncomfortable and morbid to discuss their final arrangements, as it makes it all too apparent that we will actually die someday, and few are ready to face that reality.

So, although facing the inevitability of your own or other’s death can be rather grim, it is still important to plan for it. Otherwise, you may end up with funeral music that could cause you to roll over in your grave! our Brighton and Hove funeral director can help you settle on these details and give your loved one a proper send off.