Popular music for funerals

We regularly carry out a survey amongst our funeral homes to understand what type of music is being played at funeral ceremonies today.

Music plays such an important part in people’s lives that it now acts as the theme tune to their passing.

Our most recent music survey, based on over 30,000 funerals, reveals that hymns and classics are declining in popularity quicker than any other music or performance type.

Lyrics provide poignant words as well as a reminder of a hobby, pastime or sense of humour. The variety of songs played at funerals today illustrates how more and more people are choosing to personalise funerals, and celebrate their loved one’s life with a fitting farewell for family and friends.

In the ten most popular songs, for the first time, Monty Python’s 'Always look on the bright side of life' tops the list. The most popular group is Queen with nine tracks requested including 'Don't stop me now' and Elvis Presley is the most requested solo singer.

Although Frank Sinatra and 'My way' is no longer the overall favourite, he is still number one in the pop and rock genre.

TV theme tunes and talent show winners also feature in the 2014 results including 'Match of the day' and 2013's X factor winner Sam Bailey's debut single 'Skyscraper'.

Most popular song at funerals.

Queen is the most requested group.

The most requested solo singer.

4th most popular choice.

Previous most popular song.

2013's X Factor winner.  

For more information and advice on choosing music and words for a funeral, visit the Music and Eulogy pages or contact your local funeral home

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