Best Alternative Funeral Song
Monty Python classic tops list of best funeral songs
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, the classic Monty Python song, has been named the best "alternative" funeral song.Daily Telegraph 28 Jan 2009
The cheery tune from The Life Of Brian film beat competition from The Jam's Going Underground and The Animals' We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.
The survey, commissioned by the Children's Society, also found that nine out of ten people found talking about funeral arrangements more difficult than talking about sex.
A spokesman for the society said it appeared people were turning away from "serious" funeral tunes such as Robbie Williams' Angels in an effort to make the experience a more uplifting one.
A fifth of those surveyed said they would like Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life to be played at their funeral while 16% went for Cabaret, sung by Liza Minnelli.
Other popular choices included Sid Vicious's cover of My Way, They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa by Napoleon and Enjoy Yourself, It's Later Than You Think by the Specials.
Lorraine Groves from the Children's Society said: "Funerals have changed a lot in the past few years - more people are planning ahead to make their funerals personal and reflective of themselves. We know many people prefer a simple affair and would rather their mourners give donations in memory rather than lots of flowers, along with a little light hearted twist during the proceedings like an alternative song."
The research also found that around 40% of people do not have a will, and the Children's Society is offering free advice to anyone wanting to set one up.
A total of 764 people were questioned for the survey.
The top 10 "alternative" funeral songs:
1. Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life - Eric Idle / Monty Python
2. Cabaret - Liza Minnelli
3. Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye - Gracie Fields
4. My Way - Sid Vicious
5. They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa - Napoleon
6. Fame! I Want To Live Forever - The cast of Fame
7. We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place - The Animals
8. Going Underground - The Jam
9. Spirit In The Sky - Dr and The Medics
10. Enjoy Yourself, It's Later Than You Think - The Specials