Top ten Funeral Songs

1. Frank Sinatra – My Way
Paul Anka’s bullish adaptation of the French chanson Comme d’habitude has long been funeral top dog.
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2. Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli – Time to Say Goodbye
Pop-classical crossover smash from 1997, and the best-selling single ever in Germany.
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3. Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings
Melodramatic weepie that originally appeared on the soundtrack to the equally tear-jerking film Beaches.

4. Eva Cassidy – Over The Rainbow
The late American singer added an extra layer of vocal pathos to the Judy Garland classic.

5. Robbie Williams – Angels
Not only at funerals, Williams’s calling card has somehow become a universal British singalong.

6. Westlife – You Raise Me Up
Originally by Norwegian Eurovision duo Secret Garden and covered by the Irish boy band.

7. Gerry & the Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone
The Rodgers & Hammerstein number which blossomed into a Merseybeat terrace anthem.

8. Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again
The Second World War ballad still resonates passion and defiance in the face of uncertainty.

9. Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On
Theme from Titanic which cemented the Canadian singer’s superstar status.

10. Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
Nelson Riddle’s orchestration combines with Cole’s smoky vocal to create music that lives up to its title.

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