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The most-played song at funerals

Written by on 20th October 2021

You’ll Never Walk Alone has overtaken Frank Sinatra’s My Way as the most-played funeral song, new figures suggest.

The version of the song by Gerry and the Pacemakers – long associated with Liverpool Football Club – has been played at an estimated 9,500 funerals in the past year.
It spent four weeks at number one in 1963 and has been covered by Michael Ball, Sir Captain Tom Moore and the NHS Voices of Care Choir in April.

The rankings also feature some more controversial requests, including W.A.P by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys, F*** Forever by Babyshambles, Ha Ha You’re Dead by Green Day, and Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead from The Wizard of Oz.

Potentially offensive songs can end up being vetoed by funeral venues, or the person who ordaining the service.

The top 10 songs in the past year also include upbeat new entries including Tina Turner’s Simply The Best and The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.

Sam Tyrer, managing director of Co-op Funeralcare, said: “The songs we choose for a funeral all hold unique and personal meaning for ourselves and loved ones but naturally some songs remain more popular than others.

“Each element of a funeral is a very personal choice and we’re encouraging the nation to be more open about their funeral wishes, music is a really simple and comforting place to start.”

Pauline McAvoy, funeral service manager at Co-op Funeralcare, added: “You’ll Never Walk Alone really has been a stand-out song over the last year, its sentiments around weathering the storm of life by coming together and supporting one another have really struck a chord with so many after the extraordinary events of the last 18 months.
“It’s a beautiful melody which carries such deep meaning.”

The full 2021 funeral music chart:

 

No Song Artist Movement since 2019
1 You’ll Never Walk Alone Gerry and the Pacemakers New entry
2 My Way Frank Sinatra Down 1 place
3 Always look on the bright side of life Eric Idle Up 7 places
4 Simply the best Tina Turner New entry
5 Supermarket Flowers Ed Sheeran Up 1 place
6 Time to Say Goodbye Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman Down 4 places
7 The Chain Fleetwood Mac New entry
8 Somewhere Over the Rainbow Eva Cassidy Down 5 places
9 We’ll Meet Again Vera Lynn Non-mover
10 This is Me The Greatest Showman New entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contemporary / Pop

 

No

Song Artist Movement since 2019
1 Supermarket Flowers Ed Sheeran Up 2 places
2 You Raise Me Up Westlife Non-mover
3 Dancing Queen Abba Up 2 places
4 Chasing cars Snow Patrol New entry
5 Dancing in the Sky Dani and Lizzi Up 2 places
6 See You Again Wiz Khalifa Down 2 places
7 Valerie Amy Winehouse New entry
8 Angels Robbie Williams Down 7 places
9 Lost without you Freya Ridings New Entry
10 A Thousand Years Christina Perri New Entry

 

Classical

 

No

Song Artist Movement since 2019
1 Time to Say Goodbye Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman Up 1 place
2 Nimrod Edward Elgar Down 1 place
3 Canon in D Pachelbel Non-mover
4 Ave Maria Franz Schubert Non-mover
5 The Four Seasons Vivaldi Up 4 places
6 Nessun dorma The Three Tenors New entry
7 Adagio For Strings Samuel Barber Non-mover
8 Air on A G String Bach Non-mover
9 Blue Danube Andre Rieu New entry
10 Clair De Lune Claude Debussy Non-mover

 

Hymns

 

No

Song Artist Movement since 2019
1 Abide by Me  Traditional Non-mover
2 The Lord Is My Shepherd  Traditional Up 1 place
3 Amazing Grace  Traditional Up 2 places
4 Jerusalem  Traditional Up 2 places
5 How Great Thou Art  Traditional Down 1 place
6 All Things Bright and Beautiful  Traditional Down 4 places
7 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace  Traditional New entry
8 Morning Has Broken  Traditional Down 1 place
9 Old Rugged Cross  Traditional Down 1 place
10 Lord of Hopefulness  Traditional New entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film and TV

 

No

Song Artist Movement since 2019
1 Always look on the bright side of life Eric Idle Up 4 places
2 This is Me The Greatest Showman New entry
3 (I’ve had) The time of my life Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes New entry
4 Vicar of Dibley Theme New entry
5 Only Fools and Horses Theme Down 4 places
6 Match of the Day Theme Down 2 places
7 Bring me sunshine Morecambe and Wise Down 1 place
8 Last of the Summer Wine Theme Down 6 places
9 My heart will go on Titanic New entry
10 I will always love you Whitney Houston New entry