What Song Would You Like at Your Funeral? How About Some Monty Python?

Have you been to a funeral where a favourite song of the departed is played?  The Big Three tracks are Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” “Time to Say Goodbye” from Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli and “Wind Beneath My Wings’ from Bette Midler. (More popular selections can be found here.)

All pretty sombre, if you ask me.  When I finally join the choir invisible, I want none of this. I don’t have any specific instructions in my will, but I hope that whoever organizes things will have a sense of humour. That’s why I love this story from The Daily Mail.

Britain’s baby boomers are choosing to face the final curtain with a laugh with Monty Python’s irreverent hit Always Look on the Bright Side of Life topping the charts as the most popular funeral song.

The tongue-in-cheek ditty poking fun at death has replaced Frank Sinatra’s My Way as the most popular song played at funerals – the first time the song has been toppled from the number one spot since 2002.

The song, written by Eric Idle, was taken from the controversial 1979 film The Life of Brian – which was banned in Norway and Ireland.

That’s fantastic.  I’m in. Let it be written.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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