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Top Funeral Music – What is Top of The Pops?

What is top funeral music these days? Pop music has become the soundtrack to peoples’ lives – and now deaths.  Over 66% of today’s funerals are accompanied by pop music says research by The Co-operative Funeralcare, the UK’s biggest chain of funeral directors.

Just one in twenty five asked for classical music.

Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” remains top of the funeral pops, the longest running number 1 by holding on to the number one spot for 7 years. Only in 2002 did Bette Midler edge ahead briefly with “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

The research shows a steady decline in singing or even playing hymns at funerals: seven years ago, hymns were over forty per cent of all funeral music but this year they have fallen below thirty per cent.

Top of the Hymns was “Abide With Me.”

The favourite classical piece was “Nimrod” by Elgar.

Most funerals featured sombre or emotive music, but a more humorous approach is becoming popular with Eric Idle’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” at number 13 in the pop funeral charts.  It’s even more popular regionally, reaching number six in the South East and the North East, and number nine in London.

The  Ying Tong Song by Spike Milligan, whose engraved headstone famously reads “I Told You I Was Ill,” featured at several funerals.

Less conventional requests included Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and the clock from Channel Four’s Countdown marking the seconds as the curtains closed at the crematorium.  Variety is not just the spice of life it seems wehn it comes to top funeral music.

Lorinda Robinson, Head of Marketing, The Co-operative Funeralcare, said: “Hymns were once the mainstay of a funeral service but pop music plays such an important part in people’s lives that it now acts as the theme tune to their passing. Modern funerals are very much about personal choice, and this is often reflected in the choice of music.

“Song lyrics now provide the poignant words to remember a loved one’s life, either to acknowledge how much they were loved and will be missed or as a reminder of their favourite hobby, pastime or humour.”

Key findings:

• My Way becomes the UK’s longest running number one song – as requested at 15 per cent of funerals – while six of Sinatra’s hits feature in the charts, making him the most popular artist of all.
• A quarter of funeral homes have had to refuse to play a piece of music on the grounds of taste, usually because clergy conducting the ceremony feel the choice is inappropriate. An example is John Lennon’s Imagine which features the line ‘Imagine there’s no heaven.”
• Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings continues a slow slide down the charts from number one in 2002, to number two in 2005 and 2009 but down to number three in 2012.
• Adele’s worldwide chart success sees her enter the funeral music charts at number 22 with Someone Like You while there is no place for Take That in the top 30.
• A third of funeral homes have received unusual or quirky requests, including the theme tune to Countdown.
• Over half (53%) of funeral homes have been asked for live music, ranging from pipers and choirs to steel bands and rock groups. This is up from 39 per cent in 2009.

Top ten contemporary songs
1. My Way – Frank Sinatra
2. Time To Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli
3. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
4. Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
5. Angels – Robbie Williams
6. You Raise Me Up – Westlife
7. You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry & the Pacemakers
8. We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
9. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
10. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole

I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton have dropped out of the top ten since 2009, replaced by We’ll Meet Again.

Top ten hymns
1. Abide with Me
2. The Lord is my Shepherd
3. All Things Bright and Beautiful
4. The Old Rugged Cross
5. How Great Thou Art
6. Amazing Grace
7. Jerusalem
8. Morning Has Broken
9. The Day Thou Gavest Lord Has Ended
10. Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

The Lord is My Shepherd has been replaced by Abide With Me at the top of the charts.

Top ten pieces of classical music
1. Nimrod – Elgar
2. Canon in D – Pachelbel
3. Ave Maria – Schubert
4. Nessun Dorma – Puccini
5. Pie Jesu – Faure
6. The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
7. Adagio – Albinoni/Bizet
8. Air on a G String – Bach
9. Largo – Handel
10. Clare de Lune – Debussy

Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring (Bach) and Going Home from Dvorak’s New World Symphony have been replaced in the top ten by Clare de Lune and Adagio.

The most popular TV theme tunes were:
Match of the Day
Pot Black
One Foot in the Grave
Last of the Summer Wine
Dr Who
The X Files
Red Dwarf
Top Gear
Six Feet Under
The Muppets Theme Tune – It’s Time to Face the Music

More top funeral music.

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Funeral Director Goes Out Of Business – What Happens To My Prepaid Plan?

What protection is there when a funeral director or funeral plan company goes out of business?

With normal prepaid funeral plans, there is no direct connection between the funeral director and the funeral plan company (even though it seems there is.)  Unless they are acting illegally, the prepaid amount, after expenses, goes into a completely separate fund.  This fund is either an Independently managed Trust Fund or a special fund managed by an Independent Insurance Company.  In both cases, there are strict controls over how the money is managed. Just occasionally a small local firm may not understand the rules and set up a fund which does not comply with the law, but it is extremely rare in the UK, and one of the reasons we are cautious before recommending new funeral plan providers.

The time to ask questions is if when you are asked to make out the cheque to the undertakers rather than to the funeral plan company.  Payments should always be made to the Funeral Plan Trust or to the underlying insurance company fund.

So what happens to protect funeral plan owners when an undertaker closes?

  1. If the funeral director goes out of business, the funeral plan company simply appoints another firm to do the job.
  2. If the funeral plan company goes out of business, most trust funds or insurance funds would simply appoint a funeral director to carry out the funeral – quite possibly the same one. Alternatively, they would arrange to transfer that responsibility to another funeral plan company.  The only rather peculiar exception to this used to be the Co-op who would give the money back to you, less expenses thus totally destroying the whole purpose of the funeral plan. That was why we used not to recommend Co-op funeral plans.  The Co-op is a wide movement so it must be said that we understand that they have removed this somewhat odd (in our opinion) unethical clause from their contracts, but please do read their terms of business extremely carefully before taking out a Co-op plan.

This question was original brought up by a consumers question:

What happens if my Funeral Director goes out of business?

As far as we can see, Hart Funeral Directors are still around, but that is not the point.

“I took out 2 Avalon funeral plans one for me and one for my mam on the 24/5/2016 and 26/5/2016. we paid in full and they said our funerals would be done by Hart funeral directors at Stockton-on-Tees County Durham I noticed that the Heart Funeral company wasn’t there anymore and I don’t know who will do our funerals now getting a bit worried about this now can you help please?”

Top Funeral Tunes 2016 by Category

2016 Top Funeral Tunes

  • ‘My Way’ tops the charts after a break in 2014.
  • Wiz Khalifa, Rihanna and Adele tracks are new entrants for the Contemporary Pop #FuneralMusic charts.
  • Game of Thrones theme could make future charts as UK consider it for their funeral.

Co-op Funeralcare has today released its 2016 funeral music charts, based on a study of over 30,000 funerals in the UK.

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The charts, which first launched in 2002 and have been released bi-annually since, see Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ top of the funeral pops,  knocking off Monty Python’s ‘Always look on the bright side of life’, now placed at number eight.

The full #FuneralMusic top funeral tunes for 2016 is as follows.

No.Song nameArtistMovement since last chart
1My WayFrank SinatraUp 4 places
2Time to say goodbyeAndrea Bocelli and Sarah BrightmanUp 12 places
3Over the rainbowEva CassidyUp 15 places.
4Wind beneath my wingsBette MidlerNew entrant
5The lord is my shepherdPsalm 23/ CrimondDown 3 places
6We’ll meet againVera LynnNew entrant.
7All things bright and beautifulTraditionalDown 1 place
8Always look on the bright side of lifeMonty PythonDown 7 places
9Abide with meTraditionalDown 6 places
10UnforgettableNat King ColeNew entrant.


Kate Thornton, Broadcaster and former Smash Hits Editor commented:

“There’s a lot of surprises on the chart, and it’s a real chart with a difference but it’s good to see that people are putting so much thought and personality into what will be their swansong, as a way of making loved ones smile, shed a tear or laugh out loud.

“I’ve been agonising over what song I’d choose, but the one I keep going back to is my favourite song of all time, ‘Love and Affection’, by Joan Armatrading, simply because it’s beautiful and a lovely open letter to love in all its guises.”

A further study conducted by Co-op Funeralcare among UK adults, reveals the popular TV series Game of Thrones’ theme song may make it into funeral charts, with 1 in 20 UK adults voting it as a song they would consider for their own funeral.

Humour is a key consideration for UK adults when choosing their funeral music. Over two fifths (42%) said they ‘want to raise a laugh’ amongst guests at their funeral.

This holds true as 1 in 10 UK adults said they would consider having ‘another one bites the dust’ (Queen) at their own funeral. 1 in 20 said they would have ‘going underground’ (the Jam) and a further 1 in 15 said they’d opt for ‘Highway to hell’ (ACDC).  Others said they would consider ‘stayin alive’ (The Bee gees) and ‘disco inferno’ (Trammps).

When delving further into specific music genres, new entrants to Contemporary Pop funeral music charts include Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See you again’ dedicated to the late Paul Walker, now placed at number 3, Adele’s ‘Hello’ (from the other side) now placed at number 7 and Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ now placed at number 8.

The full Contemporary Pop top funeral tunes.

1Robbie WilliamsAngels
2WestlifeYou raise me up.
3Wiz KhalifaSee you again
4WestlifeFlying without wings.
5Ellie GouldingHow long will I love you
6WestlifeI’ll see you again.
9Sam SmithLay me down
10BoyzoneNo matter what.

Just outside of the top 10 is David Bowie’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’, Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ and Justin Bieber’s ‘love yourself’.

David Collingwood, Head of Funeral Operations said:

“Funerals are very much about personal choice and reflecting the personality, hobbies and interests of a person. More so than ever we’re seeing people pre-plan their funeral music and in the last 12 months, 42% of our funeral directors and arrangers have received ready-made pre-planned funeral playlists.

“Personalisation doesn’t stop with the music; hearses, flowers, coffins and memorials can all be uniquely personalised to ensure a funeral reflects the unique personality of a person.

“Whilst ‘My Way’ is back at number one, it’s really interesting that the passing of celebrities and artists is having an effect on the music charts. Wiz Khalifa’s track ‘See you again’ dedicated to the late Paul Walker has made it into the Contemporary Pop charts whilst, the late David Bowie’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’ has also been requested by clients in the last 12 months.”

Oasis have stolen the show in the Indie group charts, with four of their tracks including ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Don’t look back in anger’, ‘Live forever’ and ‘Champagne Supernova’ securing places.

Liverpool FC’s ‘You’ll never walk alone’ is top of the sport category having overtaken the Match of the Day theme tune and popular TV Soap Coronation Street’s theme tune is top of the funeral TV charts.

All the charts and other key findings:

Rock Top Funeral Tunes 10:

No.Song nameArtist
1Stairway to heavenLed Zeppelin
2Bat out of hellMeatloaf.
3Live foreverQueen
4Wish you were herePink Floyd.
5Highway to hellACDC
6Another one bites the dustQueen
7Bohemian RhapsodyQueen
8Don’t wanna miss a thingAerosmith.
9Knocking on heaven’s doorGuns and roses
10Spirit in the skyNorman Greenbaum.


Sport Top 10:

No.Song nameArtistMovement since last chart
1You will never walk aloneGerry and the PacemakersUp 1 place
2Theme tuneMatch of the dayDown 1 place.
3Soul Limbo / Cricket Theme tuneBooker T and MGNon mover
4The ChainFleetwood MacUp 2 places
5I am forever blowing bubblesWest Ham UnitedUp 3 places.
6Z Cars ThemeEverton FCNew entrant
7Glory GloryTottenham HotspurNew entrant
8Grandstand themeBBCUp 2 places
9World in UnionDame Kiri Te KanawaDown 5 places.
10Dance of the KnightsSunderland FCNew entrant


Indie Top 10:

No.Song nameArtist
1Chasing CarsSnow Patrol
3Don’t look back in angerOasis.
4ArabellaArctic Monkeys.
5Live ForeverOasis
6Hymn for the weekendColdplay.
7One day like thisElbow
9IrisGoo goo dolls
10Champagne SupernovaOasis.


TV/Film Top 10:

No.Song nameArtistMovement since last chart
1Coronation StreetTheme tuneUp 4 places.
2Last of the Summer WineTheme tuneUp 2 places
3Only Fools and HorsesTheme tuneUp 1 place
4Always look on the bright sideMonty PythonDown 3 places.
5EastendersTheme tuneUp 3 places
6My heart will go onCeline DionDown 5 places.
7EmmerdaleTheme tuneUp 1 place
8Going homeHovis theme tuneNew entry
9Dad’s ArmyTheme tuneNew entry
10Bring me sunshineMorecambe and WiseDown 4 places.


Hymns Top 10:

No.Song nameArtistMovement since last chart
1Lord is my ShepherdPsalm 23 / CrimondNon mover
2Abide with meTraditionalNon mover.
3All things bright and beautifulTraditionalNon mover
4How great thou artTraditionalNon mover
5Amazing graceTraditionalNon mover.
6Old rugged crossTraditionalUp 1 place
7JerusalemTraditionalDown 1 place.
8Morning has brokenTraditionalNon mover
9The day though gavest lord endedTraditionalNon mover
10Ave MariaTraditionalNon mover.


New Country Top 10:

No.Song nameArtist
1I will always love youDolly Parton
2Islands in the streamDolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers.
3Country roadsJon Denver
4I love you becauseJim Reeves
5Annie’s songJon Denver.
6Over the rainbowEva Cassidy
7Ring of fireJohnny Cash
8My best friendDon Williams
9If tomorrow never comesGarth Brooks.
10Blowin’ in the windBob Dylan


Classical Top 10:

No.Song nameArtistMovement since last chart
1Time to say goodbyeAndrea Bocelli & Sarah BrightmanUp 2 places .
2NimrodElgarDown 1 place
3Nessun DormaLucianno PavarottiUp 3 places
4Cannon in DPachelbelDown 2 places.
5Four SeasonsVivaldiDown 1 place
6AdagioBizet/AlbinoniNon mover
7Ave MariaVarious artistesDown 2 places.
8Moonlight SonartzBeethovenNew entry
9Pie JesuFaureDown 1 place
10The Lark AscendingRalph Vaughan WilliamsNew entry.


Top Ten Funeral tunes RnB Top 10.

No.Song nameArtist
1I’ll be missing youPuff Daddy
2Dance with my father againLuther Van Dross.
3One sweet dayBoys 2 Men
4I will always love youWhitney Housten
5FlyR Kelly
7Turn back the hands of timeR Kelly
8Bye ByeMariah Carey
9World’s greatestR Kelly


Jazz Top 10 Funeral Tunes.

No.Song nameArtist
1What a wonderful worldLouis Armstrong
2Moonlight serenadeGlenn Miller.
3Stranger on the shoreAka Bilk
4SmileNat King Cole
5In the moodGlenn Miller
6A place in the sunStevie Wonder.
7Fly me to the moonFrank Sinatra
8Sitting on the dock of the bayOtis Reading
9Mr BojanglesRobbie Williams
10Come fly with meFrank Sinatra.


Other stats:

  • Pop is now the most requested music genre.
  • Over half (54%)of funeral directors and arrangers stated that hymns are declining in popularity the quickest.
  • Almost two thirds, (59%) of Co-op’s funeral directors and arrangers have had requests for music to be played via digital devices including smart phones, tablets and laptops with further tenth (11%) saying they expect to see more of these types of requests in the future.
  • More than a fifth of people who have actually arranged a funeral say they were given explicit instructions from their loved one on what music they wanted, while almost 30% plan on giving our family a CD with our favourite songs on it.

Bright Side of Life

The Final Countdown: Funerals march to a different tune as Brits “look on the bright side of life”

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Funerals are marching to a different tune as Brits “look on the bright side of life” and pick music from personal playlists when the curtain closes and it’s time to say goodbye, new research from The Co-operative Funeralcare reveals.

For the first time, Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life tops the chart while the most popular group is Queen with nine tracks requested including Who Wants to Live Forever and Don’t Stop Me Now. Elvis Presley is the most requested solo singer.

The research, carried out by the UK’s largest funeral director, is based on over 30,000 funerals and charts the tunes of choice being played at services to celebrate and remember the lives of loved ones.

Data shows how humour, anthems from the football terraces, film and TV scores and, poignant pop songs are evoking emotions and providing the soundtrack to people’s lives, making up 60% of the ten most popular choices and ahead of many traditional hymns and classical compositions.

For the first time in over a decade, Frank Sinatra’s My Way has been toppled from the top of popular choices by Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from The Meaning of Life by Monty Python – a comedy troupe that said farewell themselves this year after a series of reunion concerts. Only Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings has achieved this feat before in 2002.

Technology is bringing about another significant change with almost one in five funeral homes highlighting the use of original music either penned by or performed by the deceased.

More than 84% of Funeral Directors say that hymns or classics are declining in popularity quicker than any other music or performance type. The most requested hymn is The Lord is My Shepherd, followed by Abide with Me. The most popular classical piece remains Elgar’s Nimrod – Enigma Variations.

David Collingwood, Operations Director, The Co-operative Funeralcare, said:

“We think we may be seeing a generational shift in attitudes towards funerals, and the choice of music being requested. Music plays such an important part in people’s lives that it now acts as the theme tune to their passing.  Modern funerals are very much about personal choice, which can be reflected in the choice of music, dress, coffin, flowers, hearses or memorials.

“We provide families with a wide range of options and choices to help them to plan and create a fitting tribute, and to ensure that final wishes are fulfilled. We will accommodate any individual request – no matter how unusual, providing it is legal and decent. Lyrics provide poignant words as well as a reminder of a hobby, pastime or sense of humour – the variety of songs played at funerals today illustrates how more and more people are choosing to personalise funerals, and celebrate their loved one’s life with a fitting farewell.”

Fewer songs are also being refused on the grounds of taste. In 2012 one in four funeral homes reported a declined music request while the figure has now dropped to 16% nationwide, with Scotland only having one in ten songs refused.

TV talent show winners have fared their best ever with Susan Boyle, One Direction and Sam Bailey all featuring in the lower reaches of the charts. Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, and Lily Allen’s Christmas hit Somewhere Only We Know, both appear for the first time. While ever-presents include, Robbie Williams, Angels (Number 2), Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bochelli, Time to Say Goodbye (Number 3) and Celine Dion, My Heart Will Go On (Number 13).

The football league of mourners playing their club’s music at a funeral is topped by You’ll Never Walk Alone (adopted by fans of Liverpool FC, Celtic FC), followed by Simply The Best (Rangers FC), I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles (West Ham United) and, Blue Moon (Manchester City).

While Frank Sinatra still tops the pop, rock and golden oldies genre, notable new entries in this top 20 include Ellie Goulding – with her first appearance since breaking through in 2010 – with How Long Will I Love You (12), and Sarah McLachlan, with Angel (10).

And, Queen (with nine), followed by Elvis Presley (6), Eva Cassidy (4) and Westlife (4) are the artists with the most tracks requested. However, a number of performers have two or more tracks listed with Coldplay (Fix You, Paradise), Adele (Someone Like You, Make You Feel My Love), Pink Floyd (Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Another Brick in the Wall) and Snow Patrol (Run, Chasing Cars) alongside more traditional numbers by Vera Lynn, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole (each with three tracks).

The top TV Soap theme is Coronation Street, while music from Downton Abbey and Strictly Come Dancing appears for the first time.

All the Charts, and Other Key Findings:

  • Songs refused on the grounds of taste or inappropriate lyric include: Imagine, John Lennon; My Way, Frank Sinatra; Bat out of Hell, Meat Loaf; various Black Sabbath tracks; Eminem; Another one bites the dust, Queen; Relax, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and God Save the Queen by The Sex Pistols
  • Performances by singers / musicians (other than organist) remain popular: The most common requests are for pipers / bagpipes in Scotland (25%), and male voice choirs in Wales (33%)
  • Around a third of funeral homes have received unusual or quirky requests, including: mourners to wear fancy-dress such as : Abba theme, Beach Boys / surf theme, Elvis Presley theme, Blues Brother theme, Star Wars music and dress: a request for One direction t-shirts to be worn, football strips to be worn, and guitar shaped floral tributes

Overall Chart:

PositionTrackArtist/ Composer
1Always Look on the Bright Side of LifeEric Idle – From Monty Python’s 1983 film “Meaning of Life”
2The Lord is My Shepherd(Psalm 23/Crimond) Traditional
3Abide with MeTraditional
4Match of the Day themeTheme Tune
5My WayFrank Sinatra
6 All Things Bright and BeautifulTraditional
7AngelsRobbie Williams
8Enigma VariationsNimrod Elgar
9You’ll Never Walk AloneGerry and the Pacemakers (Adopted by fans of Liverpool FC, and Celtic)
10Cricket Theme / Soul LimboTest Match TV Theme / Booker T. & the MG’s
11 Canon in DPachelbel
12Love Theme from Titanic / My Heart Will Go OnCeline Dion
13=Last of the Summer WineTheme Tune
13=Only Fools and HorsesTheme Tune
14Time to Say GoodbyeSarah Brightman & Andrea Bochelli
15Four SeasonsVivaldi
16 Ave MariaSchubert
17Coronation Street TV ThemeTheme Tune
18=You Raise Me UpWestlife
18=Over the Rainbow Eva Cassidy
19Rugby Theme / World in UnionDame Kiri Te Kanawa (and other versions)
20=Nessun DormaPuccini


1Enigma VariationsNimrod Elgar
2Canon in DPachelbel
3Time to Say GoodbyeSarah Brightman & Andrea Bochelli / Katherine Jenkins
4Four SeasonsVivaldi
5Ave MariaSchubert
6=Nessun DormaPuccini
7Pie JesuFaure
8Air on a G StringBach
9Clair De LuneClaude De Bussy
10Cavalleria Rusticanna IntermezzoMascagni
  • Nimrod has remained the most popular classical piece over the last decade
  • In Wales, Katherine Jenkins’ Time to Say Goodbye is the most popular classical piece


1The Lord’s My Shepherd (Psalm 23/Crimond)
2Abide with Me
3All Things Bright and Beautiful
4How Great Thou Art
5Amazing Grace
7Old Rugged Cross
8Morning Has Broken
9=The Day Thou Gavest Lord Has Ended
9=I Watch the Sunrise
10Ave Maria
  • The Lord is My Shepherd has regained the top spot from Abide With Me, it has occupied the number one position in all but one listing since 2005

Pop, Rock and Golden Oldies:

1My WayFrank Sinatra
2AngelsRobbie Williams
3Time to Say GoodbyeSarah Brightman & Andrea Bochelli / Katherine Jenkins
4You Raise Me UpWestlife
5Over the RainbowEva Cassidy
6Wind Beneath My WingsBette Midler
7Simply the BestTina Turner
8You’ll Never Walk AloneGerry & The Pacemakers
9I Will Always Love YouWhitney Houston/Dolly Parton
10AngelSarah McLachlan
11UnforgettableNat King Cole
12How long will I love youEllie Goulding
13My Heart Will Go OnCeline Dion
14 Stairway to heavenLed Zeppelin
15We’ll Meet AgainVera Lynn
16Flying Without WingsWestlife
17Dancing QueenAbba
18Fields of GoldEva Cassidy
19Who wants to live foreverQueen
20Smile NatKing Cole
  • Artists with the most tracks listed are: Queen (9); Elvis Presley (6); Eva Cassidy (4): Westlife (4); Frank Sinatra (3); Susan Boyle (3); Elton John (3); Vera Lynn (3)
  • This is Ellie Goulding’s first appearance since her breakthrough in 2010.


PositionPieceArtist / Composer/Sport or Team
1Match of the Day themeTheme Tune
2You’ll Never Walk AloneGerry and the Pacemakers (Adopted by supporters of Liverpool FC, and Celtic FC)
3Cricket Theme / Soul LimboBooker T. & the MG’s (Test Match TV Theme)
4Rugby Theme / World in UnionDame Kiri Te Kanawa (and other versions)
5Nessun DormaLuciano Pavarotti / Puccini (BBC Coverage of 1990 FIFA World Cup)
6The ChainFleetwood Mac (Synomous with Motor Racing)
7Simply The BestTina Turner (Adopted by supporters of Glasgow Rangers FC)
8I’m Forever Blowing BubblesWest Ham Utd
9Blue MoonManchester City FC
10Grandstand(TV Theme) Theme Tune
  • Other football club’s outside the top 10 include: Chelsea, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City, Cardiff City, Kilmarnock, Bristol Rovers and Everton’s “Z Cars” Theme.


1Always Look on the Bright Side of LifeEric Idle – From Monty Python’s 1983 film “Meaning of Life”
2Bring me SunshineSynonymous with Morecambe & Wise
3Another one bites the dustQueen
4Ring of fireJohnny Cash
5Don’t worry be happyBobby McFerrin
6Great balls of fireJerry Lee Lewis
7Wish me luck (as you wave me goodbye)Gracie Fields
8Drink up thee ziderThe Wurzles
9Bat out of hellMeat Loaf
10Disco InfernoThe Trammps
  • Countdown and The Great Escape appear in both the humour and TV and Film lists

Film and Television:

PositionTV/FilmArtist / Track
1Monty Python / Meaning of Life Eric Idle / Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
2Match of the DayTheme Tune
3TitanicCeline Dion / My Heart Will Go On
4= Last of the Summer WineTheme Tune
4=Only Fools and HorsesTheme Tune
5Coronation StreetTheme Tune
6Morecambe & WiseBring me Sunshine
7The Dam Busters (Film)The Dam Busters March
8EastendersTheme Tune
9EmmerdaleTheme Tune
10The BodyguardWhitney Houston / I will always Love You
  • Coronation Street is the top TV soap theme tune requested
  • Requests for Downton Abbey and Strictly Come Dancing have been recorded for the first time
  • The Archers is the only Radio show to feature, although outside the top 10.