Published Jul 02, 2008Funeral songs are a very personal choice. Over the years, our Questionnaire subject has been asked for theirs, such as Zooey Deschanel ("This Will Be Our Year" by the Zombies), kd lang ("The Valley by Jane Siberry) and Matthew Good (Góreckis "Symphony #3). Well, a recent survey out of Australia reveals a number of expected and very unexpected choices that show not everyone's in it for some tears.
Speaking with the Australian, Bryan Elliott, chief executive of South Australia's largest funeral provider Centennial Park said, "Some of the more unusual songs we hear actually work very well within the service because they represent the person's character. One of the biggest changes we have seen at Centennial Park in recent years is a growing emphasis on celebrating a person's life ... This has resulted in funeral services that are designed with personality in mind. This level of personalisation extends to music choices.''
Here is Centennial Park's top ten funeral songs:
1 - My Way (Frank Sinatra)
2 - Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
3 - Time To Say Goodbye (Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman)
4 - Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
5 - The Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
6 - Amazing Grace (various artists)
7 - We'll Meet Again (Vera Lynn)
8 - Over The Rainbow (Judy Garland)
9 - Abide With Me (Harry Secombe)
10 - Danny Boy (various artists)
And Centennial Park's most unusual funeral songs:
1 - The Show Must Go On (Queen)
2 - Stairway To Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
3 - Highway To Hell (AC/DC)
4 - Another Ones Bites The Dust (Queen)
5 - I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Bon Jovi)
6 - Always Look On The Bright Side of Life (Monty Python)
7 - Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead (The Wizard of Oz)
8 - Hit The Road Jack (Willie Nelson)
9 - I'm Too Sexy (Right Said Fred)
10 - AFL club songs of Adelaide and Port Adelaide.