Funeral Music

 Again, depending on what sort of funeral you have, you may feel it appropriate to have music at the beginning, during and/or at the end of the ceremony. As with poetry, the choice is yours. To get your grey matter working, here we have the top ten listings taken from a survey by the Co-op of over 30,000 funerals between 2008-2009. It’s divided into popular music, hymns, classical and quirky.

Top 10 popular songs

2009 position 2005 position Song Artist
1 1 My Way Frank Sinatra / Shirley Bassey
2 2 Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler / Celine Dion
3 9 Time to Say Goodbye Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
4 3 Angels Robbie Williams
5 8 Over the Rainbow Eva Cassidy
6 You Raise Me Up Westlife / Boyzone / Josh Grobin
7 4 My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion
8 6 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston
9 7 You’ll Never Walk Alone Gerry and the Pacemakers
10 Unforgettable Nat King Cole

Top 10 hymns

2009 position


2005 position Hymn
1 1 The Lord Is My Shepherd
2 2 Abide With Me
3 3 All Things Bright and Beautiful
4 4 Old Rugged Cross
5 5 Amazing Grace
6 7 How Great Thou Art
7 6 The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended
8 8 Jerusalem
9 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
10 9 Morning has Broken

Top 10 classical music

2009 position


2005 position Piece Composer
1 1 Nimrod from Enigma Variations Elgar
2 5 Pie Jesu from Requiem Faure
3 2 Ave Maria Schubert
4 6 Nessun Dorma Puccini
5 Canon in D Pachelbel
6 7 Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Bach
7 4 Air on a G String Bach
8 Going Home from the New World Symphony Dvorak
9 8 The Four Seasons Vivaldi
10 3 Largo from Xerxes Handel

Quirky choices – a selection

Another One Bites the Dust Queen
Disco Inferno The Trammps
Bat Out of Hell Meatloaf
Spirit in the Sky Doctor and the Medics
Ring of Fire Johnny Cash
Songs of Praise TV theme
Only Fools and Horses TV theme
Z Cars TV theme
Benny Hill TV theme
Top Gear TV theme
Radio 4 Shipping Forecast Radio theme
Channel 4 Horse Racing TV theme
Emmerdale TV theme
Coronation Street TV theme

If alternative inspiration is something you are looking for, then a German electronic dance label “Get Physical”, has recently put together a compilation album called Final Song #1 – possibly the only album ever dedicated to funeral/memorial music choice. By asking numerous DJ’s and music producers for their personal choice of “final song”, the album has some outstanding old and new tracks on it covering many different genres from dance, indie and even chilean folk?!