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JAMES BLUNT IS TOP OF THE STIFFS

JAMES BLUNT IS TOP OF THE STIFFS

“Goodbye My Lover” by James Blunt is officially the most popular funeral song request in Britain. Last year’s winner, “Angels” by Robbie Williams, is relegated to second place.

The Bereavement Register survey also unearthed a diverse selection of songs in the Top 20, including Daniel O’Donnell’s “Danny Boy” at number 11 and S Club 7’s “Reach For The Stars” marking the kids’ top request at Number 20.

Here’s the gloomy yet strangely uplifting Top 10 in full:

1. Goodbye My Lover – James Blunt
2. Angels – Robbie Williams
3. I’ve Had The Time of My Life – Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
4. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
5. Pie Jesu – Requiem
6. Candle In The Wind – Elton John
7. With Or Without You – U2
8. Tears From Heaven – Eric Clapton
9. Every Breath You Take – The Police
10. Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers

The Bereavement Register helpfully removes names and addresses of the deceased from companies’ mailing lists; to register a relative, visit www.the-beareavent-register.org.uk


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