Pop is burying hymns as the music of choice for funerals, according to 300 UK undertakers.
Frank Sinatra’s My Way is top of the final farewell playlist.
Three hundred funeral directors and 2,000 men and women were interviewed about the music they would want played at their funeral and more than half of the undertakers said hymns are losing out in the music stakes.
The Lord Is My Shepherd, Abide With Me and All Things Bright And Beautiful remain frequent choices, but most people want pop songs.
Co-op funeral chief David Collingwood said: “Funerals are very much about personal choice and reflecting the personality and interests of a person. More so than ever we are seeing people pre-plan their funeral music and in the last 12 months 42 per cent of our funeral directors and arrangers have received ready-made pre-planned funeral playlists.”
The Lord Is My Shepherd is the most popular hymn, but it is only fifth in the top ten behind My Way; Time to Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman; Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy; and Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler.
Undertakers report a growing influence of television on funeral music, with the themes from soaps such as Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale proving popular.
Some mourners are also keen to raise a laugh, with Highway to Hell by ACDC and Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust high on the funeral chart.