For some unknown reason, somebody decided to do a study on the most popular funeral songs. Forget poverty or AIDS, this is the kind of thing we need our best and brightest working on. Here are the top 12, via NME.com.
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'
It should be noted that Adele’s “Someone Like You” came in at #22. This just proves that people don’t pay attention to the lyrics of their favorite songs. Because the chorus – not a verse, but the chorus – of that song goes, “Never mind, I’ll find someone like you.” It’s a song about replacing someone. Not the best theme for a loved one’s funeral. But hey, I guess it could be worse. They could be blasting “Highway to Hell.” This is why I’ve coordinated my funeral music selection ahead of time, in case the unthinkable occurs. Some people worry about their living will, or their estate, or their children. My main concern is my playlist. You have to take care of this while you’re still living, otherwise you could be left to the mercy of the funeral home and their out-of-date 8-track collection. They’ll be blasting some Michael Bolton song from the 80s, and there’s nothing you can do about it, cause you’re dead. I’ve already perished in a freak spelunking accident; do we have to make everyone else suffer as well? That’s why I’ve carefully selected a playlist of ‘90s grunge music, ‘60s folk rock and ‘80s power ballads that will put everyone in the appropriate mood for my departure from the planet. Then, as everyone’s walking out, the funeral home will blast Pearl Jam’s “Alive,” you know, just to mess with people. That’s how I would have wanted it.