Adele’s hit ‘Someone Like You’ has been revealed as the top choice of song at funerals.
A survey by the Co-Operative FuneralCare has found that pop music has replaced traditional hymns at two-thirds of British funerals.
‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra has been the top requested record for the seventh year running. Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli’s 'Time To Say Goodbye' and Bette Midler’s ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ were in second and third places, respectively.
After topping charts across the world, being No 1 in the US and UK, as well as becoming the first single of the decade to sell more than a million units and going Platinum and 5x Platinum in the US, Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ has garnered yet another accolade.
The global hit has entered the funeral music chart at No 22.
The study also found that a quarter of funeral homes refused to play a selected record on the grounds of taste, usually because clergy felt the choice was inappropriate. These included John Lennon's Imagine, with the line‚ "Imagine there's no heaven …"
Below are the Top 20 songs requested at funerals:
1. Frank Sinatra – 'My Way'
2. Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli – 'Time To Say Goodbye'
3. Bette Midler – 'Wind Beneath My Wings'
4. Eva Cassidy – 'Over The Rainbow'
5. Robbie Williams – 'Angels'
6. Westlife – 'You Raise Me Up'
7. Gerry & The Pacemakers – 'You’ll Never Walk Alone'
8. Vera Lynn – 'We’ll Meet Again'
9. Celine Dion – 'My Heart Will Go On'
10. Nat King Cole – 'Unforgettable'
11. Tina Turner – 'The Best'
12. Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton – 'I Will Always Love You'
13. Monty Python – 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life'
14. Luther Vandross – 'Dance With My Father'
15. Louis Armstrong – 'Wonderful World'
16. Daniel O'Donnell – 'Danny Boy'
17. Eva Cassidy – 'Fields Of Gold'
18. Righteous Brothers (and various) – 'Unchained Melody'
19. Westlife – 'Flying Without Wings'
20. Eva Cassidy – 'Songbird'