Which songs are played the most at funerals?



Pop songs, humor and sport themes sit alongside traditional hymns and classics, with Frank Sinatra’s My Way toppled off the top spot for the first time in more than a decade. 

The research, carried out by the UK’s largest funeral director, is based on over 30,000 funerals and charts the tunes of choice being played at services to celebrate and remember the lives of loved ones.

Here is the overall chart for 2014 in full:
1. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Eric Idle - From Monty Python's 1983 film "Meaning of Life")
 2. The Lord is My Shepherd Psalm 23/Crimond (Traditional)
3. Abide with Me (Traditional)
4. Match of the Day theme (Theme Tune)
5. My Way (Frank Sinatra)
6. All Things Bright and Beautiful (Traditional)
7. Angels (Robbie Williams)
8. Enigma Variations - Nimrod (Elgar)
9. You'll Never Walk Alone (Gerry and the Pacemakers - Adopted by fans of Liverpool FC, and Celtic)
10. Cricket Theme / Soul Limbo (Test Match TV Theme / Booker T. and the MG's)
11. Canon in D (Pachelbel)
 12. Love Theme from Titanic / My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion) 13= Last of the Summer Wine (Theme Tune)
13= Only Fools and Horses (Theme Tune)
14. Time to Say Goodbye (Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bochelli)
15. Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
16. Ave Maria (Schubert)
17. Coronation Street TV Theme (Theme Tune)
18= You Raise Me Up (Westlife)  18= Over the Rainbow (Eva Cassidy)
19. Rugby Theme / World in Union (Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and other versions)
 20= Nessun Dorma (Puccini) 20= Adagio (Bizet/Albinoni)





Classical
Nimrod has remained the most popular classical piece over the last decade, while in Wales, Katherine Jenkins’ Time to Say Goodbye is the most popular classical piece.
1. Enigma Variations - Nimrod (Elgar)
2. Canon in D (Pachelbel)
3. Time to Say Goodbye (Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bochelli / Katherine Jenkins)
4. Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
5. Ave Maria (Schubert)
6= Nessun Dorma (Puccini)
6= Adagio (Bizet/Albinoni)
7. Pie Jesu (Faure)
8. Air on a G String (Bach)
9. Clair De Lune (Claude De Bussy)
10. Cavalleria Rusticanna Intermezzo (Mascagni)


Hymns
The Lord is My Shepherd has regained the top spot from Abide With Me, it has occupied the number one position in all but one listing since 2005.
1. The Lord's My Shepherd Psalm 23/Crimond
2. Abide with Me
3. All Things Bright and Beautiful
4. How Great Thou Art
5. Amazing Grace
6. Jerusalem
7. Old Rugged Cross
8. Morning Has Broken
9= The Day Thou Gavest Lord Has Ended
9= I Watch the Sunrise
10. Ave Maria

Pop, rock and golden oldies
1.My Way (Frank Sinatra)
2. Angels (Robbie Williams)
3. Time to Say Goodbye (Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bochelli / Katherine Jenkins)
4. You Raise Me Up (Westlife)
5. Over the Rainbow (Eva Cassidy)
6. Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
7. Simply the Best (Tina Turner)
8. You'll Never Walk Alone (Gerry & The Pacemakers)
9. I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton)
10. Angel (Sarah McLachlan)
11. Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
12. How long will I love you (Ellie Goulding)
13. My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)
14. Stairway to heaven (Led Zeppelin)
15. We'll Meet Again (Vera Lynn)
16. Flying Without Wings (Westlife)
17. Dancing Queen (Abba)
18. Fields of Gold (Eva Cassidy)
19. Who wants to live forever (Queen)
20. Smile (Nat King Cole)


Sport
1. Match of the Day theme (Theme Tune)
2. You'll Never Walk Alone (Gerry and the Pacemakers - Adopted by supporters of Liverpool FC, and Celtic FC)
3. Cricket Theme / Soul Limbo (Booker T. & the MG's -Test Match TV Theme)
4. Rugby Theme / World in Union (Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and other versions)
5. Nessun Dorma (Luciano Pavarotti / Puccini - BBC Coverage of 1990 FIFA World Cup)
6. The Chain (Fleetwood Mac - Synomous with Motor Racing)
7. Simply The Best (Tina Turner Adopted by supporters of Glasgow Rangers FC)
8. I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (West Ham Utd)
9. Blue Moon (Manchester City FC)
10. Grandstand (TV Theme)



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