Funeral Music Chart 2019

Who will get the top spot this year?

Since 2002 we’ve been compiling our Funeral Music Charts to find out what music is the most popular to play at funerals; from rock and pop songs to traditional hymns, we reveal our top ten songs, with some surprising, and some not so surprising, results.

So who took the top spot this year? You guessed it – It’s Frank Sintra’s “My Way. Frank’s no stranger to our chart, getting the number one spot now an impressive 9 times, and he’s joined up at the top by Andrea Bocelli and Eva Cassidy who are also non-movers from our 2016 chart.

No

Song name

Artist

Movement since 2016 chart

1

My Way

Frank Sinatra

Non-mover

2

Time To Say Goodbye

Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

Non-mover

3

Over The Rainbow

Eva Cassidy

Non-mover

4

Wind Beneath My Wings

Bette Midler

Non-mover

5

Angels

Robbie Williams

Re-entry

6

Supermarket Flowers

Ed Sheeran

New entry

7

Unforgettable

Nat King Cole

Up 3 places

8

You Raise Me Up

Westlife 

New entry

9

We’ll Meet Again

Vera Lynn

Down 3 places

10

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Eric Idle - from Monty Python's 'Life of Brian'

Down 2 places

 

The chart is put together using data and insight from our own Funeral Directors, who conduct up to 100,000 funerals a year, and over the years we have had a lot of movers and non-movers. It seems that when it comes to funeral music, there are some firm favourites that pop up time and time again and then others that may be making a one-off appearance due to short term popularity – we’ll have to wait until next time to see if the likes of Ed Sheeran keep their place in the chart.

Possibly the most surprising revelation of this year’s chart is that, for the first time ever, no traditional hymns have made the cut. Is this a sign of the times or a one off blip? Once again, we’ll have to wait for our next survey to find out.

The top ten reveals our most requested songs, but perhaps the most interesting part of our survey is finding out the wonderfully unique and personal songs that are sometimes selected. We asked our Funeral Directors to tell us the most unusual songs that have been requested and the most popular are Meatloaf “Bat out of Hell”, “Ding dong the witch is dead” and The Trammps “Disco Inferno (Burn Baby Burn).”

Using music to show the personality of the person who has died is clearly becoming more important. Our Director of Funerals, David Collingwood commented, “We all live such unique lives and funerals should completely reflect that. Each element of a funeral is a very personal decision which is why the music choice plays such an important and impactful role.”

You can listen to our full top ten on Spotify, or find our Press Release with other charts and key findings here.

For further information contact

Sarah Pyatt

Press Officer

Emily Penkett

PR Manager