The Final Fling funeral music Top 10 list was compiled after asking folks in the street about funeral music favourites.
We found that among the funeral music Top 10, folks fancied a mix of ballads, irony, sweet poignancy and mellow melody for their funerals, ceremonies and celebrations. It couldn’t get more eclectic!
- Fix You, Coldplay
- Bedshaped or Somewhere Only We Know, Keane
- Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve
- Where Angels Play, The Stone Roses
- Rock n Roll Suicide, David Bowie
- You’re Missing, Bruce Springsteen
- Lament for the Children, Major Gavin Stoddart
- Mr Blue Sky, Electric Light Orchestra
- Annie’s Song, John Denver
- Highway to Hell, ACDC
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The Final Fling funeral music Top 10 came from ‘vox pops’ – asking people in the street what music they’d like for their send-off. Hear their thoughts:
Funeral music Top 10s
Download the Final Fling Top 10 along with other funeral music Top 10s for popular, gospel, classical and hymn music:
Other funeral music inspiration
Evelyn at Go Your Own Way shares the range of funeral music favourites she has come across at funerals as a celebrant.
For a light and uplifting end to a funeral service, these days don’t be surprised by the spring-in-the-step and tongue-in-cheek Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Monty Python’s Life of Brian – popular for its what-the-hey spirit.
Our funeral music Top 10s are listed in categories like Classical and Popular as a guide. In reality, these categories are a bit limiting. Music is so much broader and it’s like a fingerprint – different for all of us.
Chopin’s instantly recognisable funeral march is in the Classical Top 10 but there’s a hip hop version of too. Who knew!
And how should we categorise the sublime master of the moving, David Lang? We love his Pulitzer prize–winning Little Match Girl Passion, commissioned by Horsecross Arts with New York’s Carnegie Hall – combining Hans Christian Anderson’s heart-breaking tale with Bach’s St Matthew Passion.