Hymns drop off top 10 funeral music choices in favour of Ed Sheeran

the Guardian | 5/1/2019 | Rebecca Smithers
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Hymns have been completely squeezed out of the top ten musical choices at funerals, with mourners instead opting for contemporary songs such as Ed Sheeran’s Supermarket Flowers, a new entry to the list.

Frank Sinatra’s My Way again topped the latest chart drawn up by the UK’s biggest chain of funeral directors, but for the first time since the biennial exercise began in 2002 not a single traditional hymn made it into the top ten.

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Data from Co-op Funeralcare, whose funeral directors arrange up to 100,000 ceremonies a year, revealed a dramatic shift in choices of music at final farewells as mourners reject the traditionally sombre funeral in favour of more personalised send-offs.

Hymns such as The Lord’s My Shepherd and Abide With Me – previously strong contenders in the funeral chart – have been elbowed aside as Sheeran and Westlife are catapulted into the top.

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Supermarket Flowers – Sheeran’s tribute to his late grandmother, written from the perspective of his mother – enters at No 6, while Westlife also jumps into the top 10 with You Raise Me up at No 8.

My Way has always held the No 1 slot apart from in 2014 when Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life from the Monty Python film Life of Brian was the most popular. Edward Elgar’s stirring Nimrod was the most popular classical choice overall, although it failed to make the top 10.

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The organisation encourages people to be more open about their funeral wishes, making it clear to family and friends what they want for themselves when the time comes. Its latest research shows that around a quarter (24%) of UK adults (in a survey of 2,000) say they have already made clear which music they would like at their funeral, compared with just a fifth (19%) in 2016.

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