New research released by Britain’s biggest funeral provider indicates pop songs are increasingly replacing hymns as funeral soundtracks. The post-mortem Top 30 faves include: “The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s ostentatious version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Westlife’s syrupy You Raise Me Up,” reports the Times of London in a story that explores the trend. The tunes join “easy-listening evergreens such as Frank Sinatra’s My Way, Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings and Angels by Robbie Williams.” More than a quarter of funeral homes surveyed by Co-operative Funeralcare report more offbeat requests include AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust and the theme from Top Gear.
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