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Hymns fall out of funeral charts as pop hits the right notes

Traditional hymns have fallen out of the top 10 most popular funeral songs for the first time ever, according to the latest chart figures.

The 2019 funeral chart, published by Co-op, shows religious favourites such as The Lord is my Shepherd and Abide with me have been shunned amid stiff competition from pop hits.

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The three hymns dropped out of the top 10 for the first time this year, while the wildly popular Ed Sheeran and Irish heartthrobs Westlife made their first appearances.

There was no change in the top three swansongs, with Frank Sinatras My Way a dead cert in first place once again. Time To Say Goodbye and Eva Cassidys Over The Rainbow came in second and third.

Ranking Song Name Artists Movement since 2016 Chart
1 My Way Frank Sinatra Non-mover
2 Time To Say Goodbye Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman Non-mover
3 Over The Rainbow Eva Cassidy Non-mover
4 Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler Non-mover
5 Angels Robbie Williams Re-entry
6 Supermarket Flowers Ed Sheeran New entry
7 Unforgettable Nat King Cole Up three places
8 You Raise Me Up Westlife New entry
9 We'll Meet Again Vera Lynn Down three places
10 Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Eric Idle – from Monty Python's Life of Brian Down two places

The charts reflect an ongoing shift away from religious ceremonies, as more and more people opt to bow out to secular songs.

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