2016’s top ten ‘classical’ music selected for funerals revealed in survey published today

The Coop has published the most popular music chosen for funeral services in 2015/2016. It seems in moments of intense grief we choose to subject ourselves (and others) to such musical cliches as Frank Sinatra’s cliches as Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way‘, Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable‘, or ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn.

Or, maybe our dead friends and relatives have such a dark sense of humour that they insist on punishing us with literal references like ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life‘, the award-winningly bland ‘Time To Say Goodbye‘ from Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, or the starkly inappropriate ‘Nessun Dorma‘ (‘None shall sleep‘).

The ‘classical’ chart reveals a similarly uninspiring selection.

  1. Time To Say Goodbye / Bocelli & Brightman
  2. Nimrod / Elgar
  3. Nessun Dorma / Pavarotti
  4. Canon in D / Pachebel
  5. Four Seasons / Vivaldi
  6. Adagio / Albinoni
  7. Ave Maria
  8. Moonlight Sonata / Beethoven
  9. Pie Jesu / Faure
  10. The Lark Ascending / Vaughan-Williams

Read the complete survey on the Coop website.

The chart, as distressing as it is to read, does prompt a moment of reflection. Maybe we should be thinking a little more about the music we’d like others to hear at our funeral and, committing that plan to our wills.

Just for the record, my musical choices are as follows. NB: Ladies who Lunch needs to appear on screens, and the Horovitz needs to be played live.

Ladies who Lunch / Elaine Stritch

Old Abram Brown / Benjamin Britten

Joseph Horovitz / Sonatina / 2nd Movement

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