August 31, 2016

#FuneralMusic charts

Ever thought about the song you’d want played at your funeral?

Funeralcare’s bi-annual 2016 funeral music charts have got everyone thinking about the music they’d want loved ones to remember them by.

If you went for Frank Sinatra’s classic ‘My Way’, you’d be choosing this year’s chart-topper which has knocked Monty Python’s ‘Always look on the bright side of life’, number one in 2014, off the top spot.

The charts, which first launched in 2002, are based on a study of over 30,000 funerals in the UK.

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David Collingwood, Head of Funeral Operations, said: “Funerals are very much about personal choice and reflecting the personality, hobbies and interests of a person. More so than ever we’re seeing people pre-plan their funeral music and in the last 12 months, 42% of our funeral directors and arrangers have received ready-made pre-planned funeral playlists.

“Personalisation doesn’t stop with the music. Hearses, flowers, coffins and memorials can all be uniquely personalised to ensure a funeral reflects the unique personality of a person.

“Whilst ‘My Way’ is back at number one, it’s 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.”

Kate Thornton, Broadcaster and former Smash Hits Editor (and our spokesperson for this year’s chart), said: “There’s a lot of surprises on the chart, and it’s a real chart with a difference but it’s good to see that people are putting so much thought and personality into what will be their swansong, as a way of making loved ones smile, shed a tear or laugh out loud.

“I’ve been agonising over what song I’d choose, but the one I keep going back to is my favourite song of all time, ‘Love and Affection’, by Joan Armatrading, simply because it’s beautiful and a lovely open letter to love in all its guises.”

Song stats

  • ‘My Way’ tops the charts after a break in 2014

  • Wiz Khalifa, Rihanna and Adele tracks are new entrants for the Contemporary Pop #FuneralMusic charts

  • Game of Thrones theme could make future charts as UK consider it for their funeral

  • Pop is now the most requested music genre

  • Over half (54%)of funeral directors and arrangers stated that hymns are declining in popularity the quickest

  • Almost two thirds (59%) of Co-op’s funeral directors and arrangers have had requests for music to be played via digital devices including smart phones, tablets and laptops

  • More than a fifth of people who have actually arranged a funeral say they were given explicit instructions from their loved one on what music they wanted, while almost 30% plan on giving their family a CD with our favourite songs on it.

Check out the rest of the charts by visiting the Funeralcare website. Join the conversation on social media #FuneralMusic and let everyone know your number one.

Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. I am sure the iconic recording of Ronnie Ronalde’s old but lasting ‘In a monastery garden’ still gets asked and played.

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  2. […] this overall award, the Funeralcare PR team picked up awards for their #FuneralMusic chart campaign which won awards in both the Media Relations (In-house) Campaign of the Year and the snappily named […]

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