Time of your life? Green Day tops funeral songs

Green Day’s Time of Your Life has overtaken Frank Sinatra’s My Way as the song most people would like played at their funeral, according to a survey.

My Way was ranked fifth in the survey of 550people by Include A Charity, behind Amazing Grace, Hallelujah, Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) and Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.

Amazing Grace also topped the least-popular funeral songs list, which included football songs, Ding Dong the Witch is Dead and Stairway to Heaven.

‘‘It is clear that music is a key component when people think about their funerals,’’ said Ross Anderson from Include A Charity, which encourages people to  bequeath money to charity.

‘‘Preferred songs ranged from What a Wonderful World to Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls.’’

The survey also found social media was a concern for those contemplating their death.

Thirty-eight per cent of respondents said they would like their Facebook accounts deactivated after they died but a quarter wanted their Facebook page to remain as a memorial.

Nearly one in five said they’d consider using an app that allowed them to write messages to loved ones on Facebook or Twitter that were delivered after death.

More unusual preferences that emerged included having a barista serve ‘‘great coffee’’ at their funeral.

MOST POPULAR FUNERAL SONGS

Amazing Grace

Hallelujah

Time of Your Life (Green Day)

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

My Way

Imagine

Angel (Sarah McLachlan)

What A Wonderful World

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Moonlight Sonata

LEAST POPULAR FUNERAL SONGS

Amazing Grace

My Way

Wind Beneath My Wings

Football songs

Ave Maria

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Stairway to Heaven

Who Let the Dogs Out

I Will Always Love You

Also from the survey:

■   64 per cent of people would like to be a fly on the wall at their own funeral

■   60 per cent would like an ex-partner to be at their funeral

■   13 per cent would like to write their own obituary

(Source: Include A Charity)

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