When writing Wills, it is not unusual to give details of music you would like. Traditionally, this might have been hymns that could have been sung to a piano or organ, but as most people
don’t seem to like singing, there has been a move away from live music, to the playing of pre-recorded tracks on a CD or electronic device.
The Coop keep details of choices and they advise “My Way” by Frank Sinatra was the most popular in 2019. https://www.coop.co.uk/funeralcare/music/charts
Second was “Time to say Goodbye” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, which is a slightly less well known, but very appropriate song. Other tunes in the list include “Over the
Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy. This originally comes from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” and has been recorded by at least fifty other people so you have plenty of choice. Also, in the Co-op
top five is “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler. This again has attracted a variety of artists singing it. As you might expect, “Angels” by Robbie Williams is number five and his version
is generally recognised as the most popular.
Other popular traditional choices include “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn. There are however some more modern artists, Ed Sheeran is at
number six with “Supermarket Flowers” and Westlife with “You Raise Me up”.
From experience, we have found “Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams to be a more classical choice. For those who have a sense of humour, they might like “Ring of fire” by Johnny Cash.
In particular, the rock group Queen, have several popular choices that might be appropriate. For example, “These are the days of our lives” seems suitable, as might be “Who wants to live
for ever” or “Another one bites the dust”.
“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zepplin is another piece of music that we see regularly. If you are planning your funeral and thinking about music, you might want to have the livelier music at the
end to try to finish on a cheerful note.
If you are planning a funeral for a friend or relative it obviously helps if the deceased person had a favourite artist, or group you can choose from. It might help even more if they had written
their choices down!
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