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By / 10.15.12

If everything goes as planned, I’m going to die of (un)natural(ly cool) causes at the age of 104 in a pile of naked women, surrounded by chocolate fountains and a dedicated army of corgi minions. The corgis will take me to my rocket ship, which will be blast me and my closest friends and family to Mars, where I’ll be laid to rest. During my funeral, everyone will get drunk and Guns N’ Roses’ “Right Next Door to Hell” and Titus Andronicus’ “The Battle of Hampton Roads” will play on a continuous loop for four hours. PARTY OF THE ETERNITY.

But hey, that’s just one’s man humble plans for the inevitable. Some people are more traditional, i.e. boring, and want a sad song for their funeral. According to Co-operative Funeralcare’s chart of the top music played at funerals, via NME, Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” are 2012′s most popular DEATH songs. God, way to make not being alive anymore a bummer. The rest of the list is as follows:

The Top 20 pop songs requested at funerals in 2012 are:

1. Frank Sinatra – ‘My Way’
2. Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli – ‘Time To Say Goodbye’
3. Bette Midler – ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’
4. Eva Cassidy – ‘Over The Rainbow’
5. Robbie Williams – ‘Angels’
6. Westlife – ‘You Raise Me Up’
7. Gerry & The Pacemakers – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’
8. Vera Lynn – ‘We’ll Meet Again’
9. Celine Dion – ‘My Heart Will Go On’
10. Nat King Cole – ‘Unforgettable’
11. Tina Turner – ‘The Best’
12. Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton – ‘I Will Always Love You’
13. Monty Python – ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’
14. Luther Vandross – ‘Dance With My Father’
15. Louis Armstrong – ‘Wonderful World’
16. Daniel O’Donnell – ‘Danny Boy’
17. Eva Cassidy – ‘Fields Of Gold’
18. Righteous Brothers (and various) – ‘Unchained Melody’
19. Westlife – ‘Flying Without Wings’
20. Eva Cassidy – ‘Songbird’ (Via)

NME also notes:

Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ might have been an international chart success, but it’s now entered at number 22 of the funeral music chart…Figures show that pop music has replaced traditional hymns at two-thirds of British funerals. In 2005, hymns accounted for 41% of funeral music requests, but in the past 12 months the figure has fallen to 30%. Only 4% of mourners requested classical music. (Via)

2012 isn’t over yet, though, but we need to get started now if we want the Simon & Simon theme on this list.

(Via NME)


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