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Funeral music chart

We’re fascinated by funeral music choices and have been compiling funeral music charts for the past 20 years.

The charts show the nation's most popular farewell songs, providing inspiration for anyone arranging a funeral now or thinking about what music they'd like at their own funeral.

Find out who is number one in our charts this year!

2021 Funeral music chart

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Based on the data and insights of our funeral directors and funeral arrangers, who conduct up to 100,000 funerals a year, we can reveal that our 2021 chart winner is... 'You'll Never Walk Alone' by Gerry and the Pacemakers.*

The emotional melody has hit the top spot for the first time, knocking previous multi-time winner, Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ from the number one position.

Track
Artist/Composer
Movement since 2019 chart
1
You'll Never Walk Alone
Gerry and The Pacemakers
New entry
2
My Way
Frank Sinatra
Down 1 place
3
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
Eric Idle
Up 7 places
4
Simply The Best
Tina Turner
New entry
5
Supermarket Flowers
Ed Sheeran
Up 1 place
6
Time To Say Goodbye
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
Down 4 places
7
The Chain
Fleetwood Mac
New entry
8
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Eva Cassidy
Down 5 places
9
We'll Meet Again
Vera Lynn
Non-mover
10
This Is Me
The Greatest Showman
New entry

Exciting new entries into this year’s chart include Tina Turner’s feelgood hit ‘Simply the Best’ at number 4 and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ – whose haunting riffs are used in Grand Prix television packages – at number 7. The Greatest Showman’s theatrical showstopper ‘This Is Me’ enters the chart for the first time at number 10.

Featuring in our top 10 chart since 2014, Monty Python’s cheerful ditty, ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ ranks at number 3, climbing 7 places from 2019. Songs to make people laugh and smile at funerals are becoming more popular, but this Life of Brian anthem remains the firm favourite in the UK.

Classics such as ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ by Eva Cassidy and Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ stand firm at 6, 8 and 9. With their moving and sentimental lyrics, all 3 songs have proven popular time and time again.

Interestingly, this is the second time that traditional hymns do not feature in the top 10, suggesting a shift in musical trends. 'The Lord's My Shepherd', 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' and 'Abide With Me' have appeared in previous top 10's.

2021 modern pop chart

Choosing a loved one's favourite pop song for their funeral is a great way to personalise the service. The lyrics of a pop song can make them the perfect choice for a funeral. For instance, Ed Sheeran's 'Supermarket Flowers' has very emotional and relatable lyrics that many people find make it a perfect funeral song for their mum or grandma.

Track
Artist/Composer
Movement since 2019 chart
1
Supermarket Flowers
Ed Sheeran
Up 2 places
2
You Raise Me Up
Westlife
Non-mover
3
Dancing Queen
ABBA
Up 2 places
4
Chasing Cars
Snow Patrol
New entry
5
Dancing In The Sky
Dani and Lizzi
Up 2 places
6
See You Again
Wiz Khalifa
Down 2 places
7
Valerie
Amy Winehouse
New entry
8
Angels
Robbie Williams
Down 7 places
9
Lost Without You
Freya Ridings
New entry
10
A Thousand Years
Christina Perri
New entry

2021 classical chart

Classical music can evoke heartfelt emotions when used as a tribute for a loved one. This year's classical chart contains soothing melodies such as 'Clair De Lune' and 'Ave Maria' that may bring a sense peace to a funeral service.

Track
Artist/Composer
Movement since 2019 chart
1
Time To Say Goodbye
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
Up 1 place
2
Nimrod
Edward Elgar
Down 1 place
3
Canon in D
Pachelbel
Non-mover
4
Ave Maria
Franz Schubert
Non-mover
5
The Four Seasons
Vivaldi
Up 4 places
6
Nessun Dorma
The Three Tenors
New entry
7
Adagio For Strings
Samuel Barber
Non-mover
8
Air on a G String
Bach
Non-mover
9
Blue Danube
Andre Rieu
New entry
10
Clair De Lune
Claude Debussy
New entry

The singing undertaker

James, a funeral director from Wales, has been singing for bereaved families throughout lockdown. Known locally as ‘the singing undertaker’, he's been performing for families who've lost a loved one since the Welsh Government imposed restrictions on congregational singing in places of worship.

The baritone singer has been fulfilling the wishes of families by singing live versions of hymns, one of the most popular choices being the welsh hymn Calon Lan, as well as welsh choral classics. James said "It is a privilege to sing to people who are grieving and it’s something that I plan to carry on doing.”

Welsh singing funeral director

2021 hymns chart

Although there are no hymns in the overall top 10 this year, they're still a popular choice of music, especially for funerals that take place in a religious setting.

Track
Artist/Composer
Movement since 2019 chart
1
Abide By Me
Traditional
Non-mover
2
The Lord Is My Shepherd
Traditional
Up 1 place
3
Amazing Grace
Traditional
Up 2 places
4
Jerusalem
Traditional
Up 2 places
5
How Great Thou Art
Traditional
Down 1 place
6
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Traditional
Down 4 places
7
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Traditional
New entry
8
Morning Has Broken
Traditional
Down 1 place
9
Old Ragged Cross
Traditional
Down 1 place
10
Lord of Hopefulness
Traditional
New entry

2021 films & TV chart

Choosing a song from a loved one's favourite film or TV programme is becoming really popular as we can see from our overall chart. The lyrics might not always be meaningful or emotional, but they don't have to be. It could simply be to celebrate your loved one's favourite theme.

Track
Artist/Composer
Movement since 2019 chart
1
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
Eric Idle
Up 4 places
2
This Is Me
The Greatest Showman
New entry
3
(I've had) The Time Of My Life
Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
New entry
4
Vicar of Dibley
Theme
New entry
5
Only Fools and Horses
Theme
Down 4 places
6
Match of the Day
Theme
Down 2 places
7
Bring Me Sunshine
Morecambe and Wise
Down 1 place
8
Last of the Summer Wine
Theme
Down 6 places
9
My Heart Will Go On
Titanic
New entry
10
I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston
New entry

*Research was conducted among Co-op’s Funeral directors and arrangers in August 2021 based on approximately 100,000 funerals conducted in the last 12 months

2019 music charts

Frank Sinatra's - 'My Way'took the number one spot in 2019, for the second time running.

We took a look at specific genres of music, and spoke to people about what they’d like at their own funeral when the time comes. We interestingly found:

The 'Game of Thrones theme' song may make it into future funeral charts, as 1 in 20 UK adults voted it as a song they would consider for their own funeral. Our survey found that humour is important to many of us, with choices such as 'Another One Bites The Dust' (Queen) ‘Going Underground’ (The Jam) and 'Highway To Hell' (ACDC) being considered.

When looking into specific music genres, new entrants included Ed Sheeran's 'Supermarket Flowers' placed at number 3 and Abba's 'Dancing Queen' which came in at number 6. Wiz Khalifa’s 'See You Again' dedicated to the late Paul Walker, which was new to the 2016 chart placed at number 4 in 2019.

Previous Top 10 Charts

Top 10 Overall Chart 2019

Track
Artist/Composer
Genre
1
My Way
Frank Sinatra
Old Favourites
2
Time To Say Goodbye
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
Classical
3
Over the Rainbow
Eva Cassidy
Rock, Pop & Old Favourites
4
Wind Beneath My Wings
Bette Midler
Rock, Pop & Old Favourites
5
Angels
Robbie Williams
Rock/Pop
6
Supermarket Flowers
Ed Sheeran
Rock/Pop
7
Unforgettable
Nat King Cole
Old Favourites
8
You Raise Me Up
Westlife
Rock/Pop
9
We'll Meet Again
Vera Lynn
Old Favourites
10
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
Eric Idle - from Monty Python's 'Life of Brian'
Humour, Film & TV

Modern Funeral Songs

Top 10 Pop Songs 2019

Track
Artist/Composer
Movement since 2016 chart
1
Angels
Robbie Williams
Non mover
2
You Raise Me Up
Westlife
Non mover
3
Supermarket Flowers
Ed Sheeran
New entry
4
See You Again
Wiz Khalifa
Down one place
5
Dancing Queen
ABBA
New entry
6
Lay Me Down
Sam Smith
Up 3 places
7
Dancing In The Sky
Dani and Lizzi
New entry
8
Flying Without Wings
Westlife
Down 5 places
9
How Long Will I Love You
Ellie Goulding
Down 5 places
10
7 Years
Lukas Graham
New entry

Funeral songs for Dad

Sport top 10 chart 2019

Track
Artist/Composer
Movement since 2016 chart
1
Theme Tune
Match of the day
Up 1 place
2
Soul Limbo / Cricket theme tune
Booker T and MG
Up 1 place
3
You'll Never Walk Alone
Gerry and the Pacemakers
Down two places
4
The Chain (F1 theme song)
Fleetwood Mac
Non mover
5
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
West Ham UTD
Non mover
6
Blue Moon (Manchester City theme song)
Frank Sinatra
New entry
7
Golf theme tune
BBC
New entry
8
Bolton Wonders songs
New entry
9
Bring me sunshine
Morecambe FC
New entry
10
Racing theme tune
C4
New entry

Classical funeral music

Classical top 10 chart 2019

Track
Artist/Composer
Movement since 2016 chart
1
Nimrod
Edward Elgar
Up 1 place
2
Time To Say Goodbye
Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman
Down 1 place
3
Canon in D
Pachelbel
Up 1 place
4
Ave Maria
Franz Schubert
Up 3 places
5
The Lark Ascending
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Up 5 places
6
Pie Jesu
Faure
Up 3 places
7
Adagio For Strings
Samuel Barber
Down one Place
8
Air on the G string
Bach
New entry
9
Four Seasons
Vivaldi
Down 4 places
10
Claire De Lune
Claude Debussy
New entry

Uplifting funeral music 2019

Track
Artist/Composer
1
Angels
Robbie Williams
2
You Raise Me Up
Westlife
3
See You Again
Wiz Khalifa
4
Flying Without Wings
Westlife
5
How long will I love you
Ellie Goulding
6
I'll see you again
Westlife
7
Hello
Adele

Top 10 Overall Chart 2016

Track
Artist/Composer
Genre
1
My Way
Frank Sinatra
Old Favourites
2
Time To Say Goodbye
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
Classical
3
Over the Rainbow
Eva Cassidy
Rock, Pop & Old Favourites
4
Wind Beneath My Wings
Bette Midler
Rock, Pop & Old Favourites
5
The Lord's My Shepherd
Psalm 23/Crimond
Hymns
6
We'll Meet Again
Vera Lynn
Rock, Pop & Old Favourites
7
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Traditional
Hymns
8
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Eric Idle - from Monty Python's 'Life of Brian'
Humour, Film & TV
9
Abide with Me
Traditional
Hymns
10
Unforgettable
Nat King Cole
Rock, Pop & Old Favourites

Top 10 Overall Chart 2014

Track
Artist/Composer
Genre
1
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Eric Idle - from Monty Python's 'Life of Brian'
Humour, Film & TV
2
The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalm 23/Crimond
Hymns
3
Abide with Me
Traditional
Hymns
4
Match of the Day
Theme Tune
Sport
5
My Way
Frank Sinatra
Rock, Pop & Old Favourites
6
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Traditional
Hymns
7
Angels
Robbie Williams
Rock, Pop & Old Favourites
8
Enigma Variations - Nimrod
Elgar
Classical
9
You'll Never Walk Alone
Gerry and the Pacemakers
Pop, Rock & Old Favourites, Sport
10
Soul Limbo / Cricket Theme
Booker T. & the MG's
Sport

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