Did You Know: Funeral Songs

Did you know? — By Goran on 2011/07/23 4:40 AM

Did you know that “Highway to Hell” is among most requested funeral songs in Australia?

Funeral managers at Centennial Park, the largest cemetery and crematorium in Adelaide, said only two hymns still rank among its top 10 most popular funeral songs: Amazing Grace and Abide With Me.

Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven and AC/DC’s Highway to Hell rank outside the top 10, but have gained ground in recent years as more Australians give up traditional Christian hymns.

Among other conventional choices are Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Monty Python, Ding Dong the Witch is Dead from the Wizard of Oz, Hit the Road Jack and Another One Bites the Dust by Queen.

But, wait, there is more.

The survey, involving 5000 people and carried out by The Bereavement Register, found that With or Without You by U2 and Every Breath You Take by The Police have become the most requested song to be played at funerals and services of remembrance in the UK.

Now, I don’t know about USA, but I do hope Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye is rarely played.

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