Most played song at funeral – and some of the most controversial music requests made this year

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Most played song at funeral – and some of the most controversial music requests made this year


You’ll Never Walk Alone topped Frank Sinatra’s My Way as the most played funeral song, new numbers suggest.

Gerry and the Pacemakers’ version of the song – long associated with Liverpool Football Club – has been performed at around 9,500 funerals in the past year.

He spent four weeks at number one in 1963 and was covered by Michael Ball, Mr. Captain Tom Moore and the NHS Voices of Care Choir in April.

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Rankings also feature more controversial demands, including WAP by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys, F *** Forever by Babyshambles, Ha Ha You’re Dead by Green Day and Ding Dong! The witch died from the Wizard of Oz.

Potentially offensive songs can end up being vetoed by funeral homes or by the person ordering the service.

Last year’s top 10 songs also include some upbeat new entries, including Simply The Best by Tina Turner and The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.

Sam Tyrer, Managing Director of Co-op Funeralcare, said: “The songs we choose for a funeral all have unique and personal meanings for ourselves and our loved ones, but naturally some songs remain more popular than others.

“Each element of a funeral is a very personal choice and we encourage the nation to be more open about their funeral wishes, the music is a really simple and heartwarming starting point. “

Pauline McAvoy, Director of Funeral Services at Co-op Funeralcare, added: “You’ll Never Walk Alone has truly been a remarkable song over the past year, her feelings around the storm of life coming together and coming together. supporting each other really struck a chord with so many people after the extraordinary events of the past 18 months.

“It’s a beautiful melody that carries such a deep meaning. ”

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