Give a little whistle

In case you were wondering, Irish funerals aren’t all “Danny Boy” these days:

Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” has been replaced by Monty Python’s “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” as the most popular song played at funerals, new research has found.

A study by The Co-operative Funeralcare showed that traditional hymns, football anthems and classic pop songs top the list of the “funeral music chart.”

As funeral music goes, the BBC’s theme from “Match of the Day” is pretty, um, perky. Then again, it is a legitimate football anthem, though I admit I’m waiting for someone to go out to the accompaniment of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Sports Song.”

David Collingwood, operations director of The Co-operative Funeralcare, said: “We think we may be seeing a generational shift in attitudes towards funerals, and the choice of music being requested.

“Music plays such an important part in people’s lives that it now acts as the theme tune to their passing. Modern funerals are very much about personal choice, which can be reflected in the choice of music, dress, coffin, flowers, hearses or memorials.”

Which may explain why my brother departed to the strains of “Let It Be” — and why I won’t.



  1. Brett »

    23 November 2014 · 12:03 am

    It’d be interesting to see how that breaks down by services done in funeral homes, churches, gravesides or elsewhere. I can pretty much guarantee neither “My Way” nor “Always Look…” will get played in a service in my church sanctuary

  2. CGHill »

    23 November 2014 · 12:18 am

    I got the distinct impression that the funeral directors surveyed were members of a commercial association, and that clergy did not participate.

  3. backwoods conservative »

    23 November 2014 · 6:44 am

    I want to go out to the tune of John Prine’s “Paradise.” Particularly the line at the end, “When I die let my ashes flow down the Green River; let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam. I’ll be halfway to Heaven, with Paradise waiting just five miles away from wherever I am.”

  4. mushroom »

    24 November 2014 · 1:57 pm

    For a lot of us the most appropriate choice might be “The Heat Is On”.

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