The top 10 funeral songs

One of the most important elements of a funeral service is the songs – they often capture the identity of the person who has passed away and offer an opportunity for reflection.


Often the funeral songs are chosen by bereaved friends and relatives but in many cases the person who has died will have let his or her loved ones know their wishes in advance.


Having directed funerals for many years, the team at Mortons has witnessed a huge change in the songs that are sung or played. Hymns are still important but nowadays more people opt for non-religious music.


In recent months we’ve been monitoring the songs chosen for funerals and have compiled a top ten of the most commonly chosen numbers. In no particular order, they are as follows:


Time to say goodbye – Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

Somewhere over the rainbow – Eva Cassidy

Wind beneath my wings – Bette Midler

Unforgettable – Nat King Cole

My way – Frank Sinatra

I will always love you – Whitney Houston

Simply the best – Tina Turner

You raise me up – Josh Groban

Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

Ave Maria – Mario Lanza


Does the list contain any surprises? And what would you choose at your funeral?


We find the list interesting because it perhaps reflects the tastes of a generation that grew up in the 1950s. But we wonder what songs millennials will chose for their funerals. Taylor Swift, or Lady Gaga?


Further information about the types of funerals we deliver at Mortons can be found here.



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