On this day in 2002, The UK’s biggest undertakers Co-Op funeral services reported that bereaved families preferred pop songs to hymns at funerals. Top of the list was “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler. Other songs included “Angels” by Robbie Williams and “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. They also reported some unusual choices including “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!
In the age of the Interweb, Facetwit and Googletube, ‘you death song’ has become a talking point amongst all age groups, (but more so with younger people). What song would you have played at your funeral? Just as the casket disappears and takes you to the great gig in the sky – what would you like to torment your family and friends with? A tune you’re other half despised? A song with a hidden meaning? Or just something which is plain daft and would hopefully lighten up what will inevitably be – a long, sad and depressing day, (for others).
I haven’t quite decided on mine yet. Maybe a Beatles tune, Beach Boys or Led Zeppelin, or maybe Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”, I love that song, no, how about Monty Python’s “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.” Would you want the congregation to join in on the chorus?
“So always look on the bright side of death, (whistle).
Just before you draw your terminal breath, (whistle).
Life’s a piece of shit,
When you look at it.”
I think so.
Some songs are begging to be played at a funeral service.
Traveling Wilburys – End Of The Line
Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven
Bob Dylan – Knocking on Heaven’s Door
The Jam – Going Underground
The Doors – Break on Through
Bee Gees – Staying Alive
Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky
R.E.M. – Try Not To Breathe
AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Prodigy – Firestarter (now this is getting silly).
Anyway, it’s a bit of a new phenomenon all this planning your own ‘death song’ but what ever floats your coffin.
The recently departed and already missed Amy Winehouse
had two songs by one of her favorite artists played at her recent funeral. Carole King’s “So Far Away”, (apparently her favorite song). And “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.”
Over to you. What song would you have?
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