And the most requested funeral song is . . .

  1. And the most requested funeral song is..

    Tue Oct 3, 9:17 AM

    LONDON (Reuters) - James Blunt's "Goodbye My Lover" is the song most requested at British funerals and remembrance services, closely followed by Robbie Williams's "Angels," according to a survey released on Monday.
    Research for the Bereavement Register found just over a half (51 percent) of people ask for a specific song be played at their funeral and 79 percent have talked with family and friends about possible song choices. The survey of 5,000 people also uncovered some unusual final choices for the final goodbye with rock songs like "I'll Sleep When I am Dead" by Bon Jovi, competing with classical tracks and soul.

    "The top 20 really shows how far we have come in terms of saying goodbye. Gone are the days dirges of yore, instead we are seeing contemporary music that is easier to relate to," said Mark Roy, founder of the Bereavement Register, which removes the names and addresses of people who have died from databases to reduce junk mail.

    "Everyone has a favorite song that means something very special to them, often connected to a particular time and place. When the song is played this can be a very emotive reminder of that person," he said in a statement.

    Although fashions change there have been some consistent favorites over recent years like "Wind Beneath My Wings" at number four and "Candle In The Wind" -- a reworked version of which played at Princess Diana's funeral in 1997 -- which was at number six.

    Many of the songs represented the different ages of the deceased.

    Songs like "Danny Boy" (number 11 in the list) tended to be played at the funerals of the elderly while S Club 7's "Reach For The Stars" (number 20) was more usual at children's funerals, the survey showed.

    Others in the top 20 included "Knocking On Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan and, perhaps unexpectedly, Fame's "I Want To Live Forever."
    The top 10 requested songs were:

    1 - "Goodbye My Lover" - James Blunt
    2 - "Angels" - Robbie Williams
    3 - "I've Had The Time Of My Life" - Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley.
    4 - "Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler
    5 - "Pie Jesu" - Requiem
    6 - "Candle In The Wind" - Elton John
    7 - "With Or Without You" - U2
    8 - "Tears In Heaven" - Eric Clapton
    9 - "Every Breath You Take - The Police
    10 -"Unchained Melody" - Righteous Brothers.

    (This sounds really morbid, but I'd want "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" by Eric Idle.)
  2. UH...This morbid..errr..LOL
  3. 1 - "Goodbye My Lover" - James Blunt -WOW, I love that song!! I thought the actual song referred to the old ragged cross song or something like that?
  4. :lol:
    I do love Goodbye my Lover, and With or Without you.

  5. There's nothing morbid about death. We ALL get to do it eventually!! :roflmfao:

    I used to say I wanted Amazing Grace, but over the years The ***** is Back seems more appropriate considering where *I* am headed! :devil:
  6. I could see how some people would see this as being morbid. I personally don't find this topic morbid. Blame it on me watching Six Feet Under.
  7. I want I DID IT MY WAY..... Frank Sinatra...
  8. Is it not a bit big-headed to ask for something like that at your OWN funeral? Like "Everyone will be REALLY sad so I need a song bigging me up to make them feel worse".
  9. -x13- Its A Joke!!!!
  10. I'd want "This is Not an Exit" by Saves the Day

    This part of the song says it all:

    You walk across the stage, take a bow, hear the applause,
    and as the curtain falls, just know you did it all
    the best that you knew how and you can hear them cheering now.
    So let a smile out and show your teeth cause you know you lived it well.
  11. I actually love half of the songs on that list. Wow.
  12. ^ ME TOO

    with or without you is a great one!!!

    someone i know wants michael buble - home.. ( thats a nice song but not for a funeral)

    i wouldnt mind the song from love actually at the girls funearl.. bye bye babeb bye bye.. bay city rollers. thats nice but heart moving you kow.. and id like pics playin in the background too
  13. I decided on Always Look On the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle because I'm a huge Monty Python fan. I remember seeing a clip from Graham Chapman's funeral. (It's on Youtube.) It was moving and touching because it was a funeral. At the same time, because it was a funeral for a cast member of Monty Python, it was funny, too.

    Here's the beginning of John Cleese's eulogy:

    Graham Chapman, co-author of the 'Parrot Sketch,' is no more.

    He has ceased to be, bereft of life, he rests in peace, he has kicked the bucket, hopped the twig, bit the dust, snuffed it, breathed his last, and gone to meet the Great Head of Light Entertainment in the sky, and I guess that we're all thinking how sad it is that a man of such talent, such capability and kindness, of such intelligence should now be so suddenly spirited away at the age of only forty-eight, before he'd achieved many of the things of which he was capable, and before he'd had enough fun.

    Well, I feel that I should say, "Nonsense. Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard! I hope he fries."

    And the reason I think I should say this is, he would never forgive me if I didn't, if I threw away this opportunity to shock you all on his behalf. Anything for him but mindless good taste.

    The speech then went on to say that John Cleese was going to be the first person ever at a British memorial service to say f:cursing: k!

    (Here's the rest of the transcript: Graham Chapman's funeral speech)

    Anyway, when it was Eric Idle's turn, he decided to sing Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. (And then when the song ended, he added that he wanted to be the second person ever at a British Memorial service to say f:cursing: k!)

    This made me realize that I don't want my funeral to be full of sad people. I'd want it to be full of people hearing the song and then fondly saying, "That's Caitlin."
  14. Wow that is a beautiful song.

    I want the Beatle's "Let It Be" to be played at my funeral.
  15. umm i never heard of music being played at a funeral

    i guess different strokes for different folks

    but i think its weird and creepy,