New research by SunLife has found that 82% of people over 50 don't want a hymn at their funeral. The same survey also found that Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Monty Python is the song most would choose. Songs with a comedy twist are popular, with Another One Bites the Dust making the top 10. The most popular song choices included the hymn Abide With Me in second place, and Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven third. Hymns accounted for 18% in total, except in Northern Ireland, where 57% of over-50s would still choose one. More than a third of the over-50s questioned would prefer a rock, pop or country track. The age group most likely still to choose a hymn are the over-65s - a quarter would - while only 12% of the 50-54s would want a hymn at their funeral.
Source: Funeral Service Journal