Planning one's own funeral may sound like the height of morbidity, but it does ensure that, above all else, you go out according to your own playlist.
Peter Sellers famously hated Glenn Miller's In The Mood so, as his final act, he included it in his will to be played as a joke at his funeral. For the rest of us, sadly, unless we've had a moment of creativity in preparing for our own finale, it will be determined by a well-meaning loved one.
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Which means a lot of people going out to Sinatra's My Way, Dolly Parton/Willie Nelson/Whitney Houston warbling I Will Always Love You, and even - and wholly inappropriately - You Raise Me Up by Westlife.
Irony hasn't lost it's place, as some funerals resonate to somewhat awkward giggling as Monty Python's Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life is played, or another of Eric Idle's chucklesome numbers, the theme song from One Foot In The Grave.
Others, strangely, choose The Ying Tong Song by The Goons and featuring Sellers along with Spike Milligan, whose delightfully funereal sense of humour extended to having "I told you I was ill" requested to be inscribed on his own gravestone.
Reflecting Britain's increasing secular nature, the Co-Op's Top 20 of ultimate music playlists features My Way at number one, for the seventh year running, apparently. So, the full list of 20 is as follows:
- Frank Sinatra – My Way
- Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli – Time To Say Goodbye
- Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings
- Eva Cassidy – Over the Rainbow
- Robbie Williams – Angels
- Westlife – You Raise Me Up
- Gerry & The Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone
- Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again
- Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On
- Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
- Tina Turner – Simply The Best
- Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You
- Monty Python – Always Look On The Bright Side of Life
- Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father
- Louis Armstrong – Wonderful World
- Daniel O'Donnell – Danny Boy
- Eva Cassidy – Fields of Gold
- Righteous Brothers (and others) – Unchained Melody
- Westlife – Flying Without Wings
- Eva Cassidy – Songbird
Given this last point, it seems only appropriate that What Would David Bowie Do? compiles its own Top 10 of totally inappropriate songs to be played at a funeral:
- David Bowie (obviously) - Ashes To Ashes
- The Doors - The End
- Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell
- The Jam - Going Underground
- Elton John - Funeral For A Friend
- The Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
- Deacon BlueReal Gone Kid
- Status Quo - Down, Down
- The Rolling Stones - The Last Time
- Black Lace - Agadoo*