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 position2005 positionSongArtist
11My WayFrank Sinatra / Shirley Bassey
22Wind Beneath My WingsBette Midler / Celine Dion
39Time to Say GoodbyeSarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
43AngelsRobbie Williams
58Over the RainbowEva Cassidy
6You Raise Me UpWestlife / Boyzone / Josh Grobin
74My Heart Will Go OnCeline Dion
86I Will Always Love YouWhitney Houston
97You’ll Never Walk AloneGerry and the Pacemakers
10UnforgettableNat King Cole

Top 10 hymns

2009 position


2005 positionHymn
11The Lord Is My Shepherd
22Abide With Me
33All Things Bright and Beautiful
44Old Rugged Cross
55Amazing Grace
67How Great Thou Art
76The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended
9Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
109Morning has Broken

Top 10 classical music

2009 position


2005 positionPieceComposer
11Nimrod from Enigma VariationsElgar
25Pie Jesu from RequiemFaure
32Ave MariaSchubert
46Nessun DormaPuccini
5Canon in DPachelbel
67Jesu, Joy of Man’s DesiringBach
74Air on a G StringBach
8Going Home from the New World SymphonyDvorak
98The Four SeasonsVivaldi
103Largo from XerxesHandel

Quirky choices – a selection

Another One Bites the DustQueen
Disco InfernoThe Trammps
Bat Out of HellMeatloaf
Spirit in the SkyDoctor and the Medics
Ring of FireJohnny Cash
Songs of PraiseTV theme
Only Fools and HorsesTV theme
Z CarsTV theme
Benny HillTV theme
Top GearTV theme
Radio 4 Shipping ForecastRadio theme
Channel 4 Horse RacingTV theme
EmmerdaleTV theme
Coronation StreetTV 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?!