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Andrew Trendell
11:19 21st November 2014
  • Joni Mitchell - 'River': "I'm so hard to handle I'm selfish and I'm sad, now I've gone and lost the best baby that I ever had. I wish I had a river I could skate away on. Oh, I wish I had a river so long I would teach my feet to fly. I wish I had a river I could skate away on. I made my baby say goodbye."

  • The Smiths - 'This Night Has Opened My Eyes': "In a river the colour of lead, immerse a baby's head, wrap her up in the News Of The World - dump her on a doorstep, girl this night has opened my eyes and I will never sleep again."

  • Bat For Lashes - 'Sad Eyes': "And when you smile those sad eyes, look sadder and sadder still. Trying to hold it together, keep my love as light as a feather. Sad eyes baby, it's been such a long time - keep my heart breaking in the dark, come and spend the night."

  • Frightened Rabbit - 'Poke': "Poke at my iris, why can't I cry about this?...If someone took a picture of us now they'd need to be told, that we had ever clung and tied a navy knot with arms at night. I'd say she was his sister but she doesn't have his nose, and now we're unrelated and rid of all the shit we hated - but I hate when I feel like this and I never hated you."

  • Bon Iver - 'Calgary': "Joy, it's all founded - pincher with the skin inside. You pinned me with your black sphere eyes. You know that all the rope's untied. I was only for to die beside."

  • Lykke Li - 'Sadness Is A Blessing': "I ranted, I pleaded, I beg him not to go - for sorrow, the only lover I've ever known. Sadness is a blessing, sadness is a pearl, sadness is my boyfriend, oh sadness, I'm your girl."

  • Bright Eyes - 'If Winter Ends': "And you get six months to adapt, then you get two more to leave town. And in the event that you do adapt , we still might not want you around. But I fell for the promise of a life with a purpose, but I know that that's impossible now. And so I drink to stay warm and to kill selected memories, 'cause I just can't think anymore about that or about her tonight."

  • Nick Cave - 'Your Funeral, My Trial': "I am a crooked man, and I've walked a crooked mile. Night, the shameless widow, doffed her weeds in a pile. The stars all winked at me, they shamed a child. Your funeral, my trial."

  • Radiohead - 'Nude': "Don't get an big ideas, they're not going to happen. You'll paint yourself and fill up with noise, but there'll be something missing. Now that you've found it, it's gone. Now that you feel it, you don't. You've gone off the rails."

  • Lou Reed - 'The Kids': "They're taking her children away, because they said she was not a good mother. They're taking her children away, because of the things she did in the streets. In the alleys and bars, no she couldn't be beat, that miserable rotten slut couldn't turn anyone away."

  • Manic Street Preachers - 'The Intense Humming Of Human Evil': "6 Million screaming souls. Maybe misery - maybe nothing at all. Lives that wouldn't have changed a thing, never counted - never mattered - never be."

  • The Weeknd - 'Belong To The World': I'm not a fool, I just love that you're dead inside . I'm not a fool, I'm just lifeless too."

  • Ryan Adams - 'Amy': "When you laid me down into your beautiful garden, flowers in the love of my arms - It's God shining through to me I guess. I love you Amy, do you still love me? I go to the places where we used to. I am out here looking for you."

  • Queen - 'Who Wants To Live Forever': "There's no time for us, there's no place for us. What is this thing that builds our dreams, yet slips away from us? Who wants to live forever? There's no chance for us. It's all decided for us. This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us."

  • Mazzy Star - 'Into Dust': "Still falling, breathless and on again. Inside today, inside me today. Around broken in two, 'til your eyes share into dust. Like two strangers turning into dust."

The top 20 most popular songs chosen to be played at funerals has been revealed. See the full list below. 

Predictably, Monty Python's 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' from The Life Of Brian tops the chart, but there are also some pretty bizarre inclusions, such as the Match Of The Day theme tune, and the music to Last Of The Summer Wine and Coronation Street. 

The chart of pop, rock and classic funeral songs is dominated by Frank Sinatra and Robbie Williams, but also features Ellie Goulding and Queen. 

Co-operative Funeralcare's operations director David Collingwood said: "We think we may be seeing a generational shift in attitudes towards funerals, and the choice of music being requested," said David Collingwood - operations director at Co-Operative Funeralcare, who part the charts of funeral songs together. "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."

See the full top 20 funeral songs below
1. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Eric Idle - From Monty Python's 1983 film "The Life Of Brian")
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. & 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 & 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)

See the top 20 of pop, rock and golden oldies funeral songs below
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)


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