The following article taken from anonpussynamer's journal.
October 2, 2006 - 10:54PM
James Blunt's 'Goodbye My Lover' is the song most requested at British funerals and remembrance services, closely followed by Robbie Williams's Angels, according to a survey released on Monday.
Research for the Bereavement Register found just over a half (51 per cent) of people ask for a specific song be be played at their funeral and that 79 per cent have talked with family and friends about possible song choices.
The survey of 5000 people also uncovered some unusual final choices for the final goodbye, with rock songs like 'I'll Sleep When I am Dead' by Bon Jovi, competing with classical tracks and soul.
"The top 20 really shows how far we have come in terms of saying goodbye. Gone are the days dirges of yore, instead we are seeing contemporary music that is easier to relate to," said Mark Roy, founder of the Bereavement Register, which removes the names and addresses of people who have died from databases to reduce junk mail.
"Everyone has a favourite song that means something very special to them, often connected to a particular time and place.
When the song is played this can be a very emotive reminder of that person," he said in a statement.
Although fashions change, there have been some consistent favourites over recent years like 'Wind Beneath My Wings' at No.4 and 'Candle In The Wind' - a reworked version of which played at Princess Diana's funeral in 1997 - which was at No.6.
Many of the songs represented the different ages of the deceased.
Songs like 'Danny Boy' (No.11 in the list) tended to be played at the funerals of the elderly while S Club 7's 'Reach For The Stars' (No. 20) was more usual at children's funerals, the survey showed.
Others in the top 20 included 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' by Bob Dylan and, perhaps unexpectedly, Fame's 'I Want To Live Forever'.
The top 10 requested songs were:
1. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt
2. Angels - Robbie Williams
3. I've Had The Time Of My Life - Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley.
4. Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
5. Pie Jesu - Requiem
6. Candle In The Wind - Elton John
7. With Or Without You - U2
8. Tears From Heaven - Eric Clapton
9. Every Breath You Take - The Police
10. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
I remember reading last year's survey, at which time Angels was top of the list.
Interestingly, in an interview screened earlier this year, James Blunt claimed that 'Goodbye My Lover' scored him a heap of pity fucks from ladies who thought it was autobiographical.