Always look on the 'Bright side of Life is Britons’ most popular funeral song choice
Funeral plan specialist, Perfect Choice, recently held a survey to discover what the most popular funeral songs are in Britain. We wanted to discover which songs people chose for their final send off. The most popular was the memorable ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ from Monty Python’s Eric Idle. Other tracks which appear in the list include songs by Frank Sinatra, Gracie Fields and Bette Midler.
We polled 1,794 British adults who were questioned about their song preferences for their own final farewell. Those who took part were asked “Which song(s) do you want played at your own funeral?” and they were also told to take into account any tracks that they had already chosen or would consider having played.
We then analysed the choices and discovered the ten most commonly selected songs. These were:
1. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Eric Idle) – 51%
2. My Way (Frank Sinatra) – 49%
3. Over the Rainbow (Eva Cassidy) – 37%
4. What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) – 31%
5. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) – 29%
6. Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler) – 25%
7. Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye (Gracie Fields) – 21%
8. Unforgettable (Nat King Cole) – 19%
9. Imagine (John Lennon) – 15%
10. Don’t You, Forget About Me (Talking Heads) – 11%
We also took note of some of the more unusual song requests to be named during the research. Some of our favourite unusual choices included 'Another One Bites the Dust' by Queen, 'Ignition' by R Kelly, 'Highway to Hell' by ACDC and Led Zeppelin’s 'Stairway to Heaven'.
We also asked people what sort of song they would want played at their funeral. 7% said that they would like a humorous song played that would make guests smile. 82% of people said that they felt that music was a very important part of the funeral.
Picking a song for your final farewell is a very personal decision. It is something which you will want those attending your funeral to remember you by, so you may wish this to reflect your personality or a particular aspect of your life. What we can see from the results is that the wide variety and sense of humour of the British public is being reflected, with more humorous salutes being selected and showing that funerals are increasingly celebratory of a loved-one’s life in a sensitive manner, as well a vehicle to mourn their loss.