While Frank Sinatra’s My Way tops the overall funeral song chart compiled by Co-op Funeralcare – just ahead of Time To Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli – new research shows that pop songs are becoming increasingly popular.
Almost two thirds (59%) of funeral directors and arrangers in Northern Ireland have had requests for music to be played via digital devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops.
A further 11% saying they expect to see more of these types of requests in the future.
Beverley Brown, general manager of Funeral Services Northern Ireland, said: “Whilst My Way is back at number one, it’s great to see a band from Northern Ireland topping the indie chart with Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol being a firm favourite at funerals across the UK.
“It’s also really interesting that the passing of celebrities and artists is having an effect on the music charts.
“Wiz Khalifa’s track See You Again, dedicated to the late Paul Walker, has made it into the Contemporary Pop charts whilst the late David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes has also been requested by clients in the last 12 months.”
Another song with a strong local link is You Raise Me Up, first sung by Belfast’s Brian Kennedy – although the Westlife version is the one that people chose.
Theme tunes from TV shows such as Game Of Thrones, which is filmed in Northern Ireland, could also become more popular in the future, the Co-op predicted.
The study of 300 Co-op funeral directors and 2,000 adults showed increasing numbers had a playlist already drawn up.
A list of the most popular funeral songs by pop artists included Robbie Williams, Westlife, Adele and Rihanna.
Two out of five said they wanted to “raise a laugh” at their funeral, explaining why Monty Python’s Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life is one of the most popular songs and why one in 10 said they would consider The Jam’s Going Underground.
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