Monty Python song tops poll to discover Britain’s most popular funeral songs

'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' finishes above songs by Robbie Williams and Frank Sinatra

Monty Python’s ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ is the most popular song played at funerals in Britain, a new poll has discovered.

The data gathered by Co-operative Funeralcare shows that the upbeat song, as featured in the 1979 film The Life Of Brian, was the most popular choice of the 30,000 funerals the group oversaw.

Just nine of the top 20 are traditional pieces of music, with TV themes and pop songs becoming increasingly popular. Robbie Williams’ ‘Angels’ (pictured right) and ‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra both feature in the top 10 alongside ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ by Gerry & The Pacemakers.


The less expected choices that people have chosen to be buried to include the Match Of The Day theme tune as well as other songs from TV including Last Of The Summer Wine and Coronation Street.

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Hinting at a move in fashion between generations, Co-operative Funeralcare’s Operations Director David Collingwood said: “We think we may be seeing a generational shift in attitudes towards funerals and the choice of music being requested. Music plays such an important part in people’s lives that it now acts as the theme tune to their passing. Modern funerals are very much about personal choice, which can be reflected in the choice of music, dress, coffin, flowers, hearses or memorials.”

The Funeralcare top 20 is as follows:

1. ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ – Monty Python
2. The Lord Is My Shepherd Psalm 23/Crimond
3. ‘Abide With Me’
4. ‘Match Of The Day’ theme
5. ‘My Way’ – Frank Sinatra
6. ‘All Things Bright And Beautiful’
7. ‘Angels’ – Robbie Williams
8. ‘Enigma’ Variations – Nimrod (Elgar)
9. ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ – Gerry & The Pacemakers
10. ‘Soul Limbo’ – Booker T & the MG’s
11. ‘Canon In D’ – Pachelbel
12. ‘My Heart Will Go On’ – Celine Dion
13= ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’ theme
13= ‘Only Fools And Horses’ theme
14. ‘Time To Say Goodby’ – Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli
15. ‘Four Seasons’ – Vivaldi
16. ‘Ave Maria’ – Schubert
17. ‘Coronation Street’ theme
18= ‘You Raise Me Up’ – Westlife
18= ‘Over The Rainbow’ – Eva Cassidy
19. ‘World In Union’ – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
20= ‘Nessun Dorma’ – Puccini
20= ‘Adagio’ – Bizet/Albinoni