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Match of the Day, Coronation Street and Bright Side of Life all rate as top funeral songs

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British comedy troupe Monty Python including (left to right) Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman (1941 - 1989), Terry Gilliam, and John Cleese, lounge about at the site of their filmed live show at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California, 1982. Chapman and Cleese smoke pipes. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

British comedy troupe Monty Python including (left to right) Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman (1941 - 1989), Terry Gilliam, and John Cleese, lounge about at the site of their filmed live show at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California, 1982. Chapman and Cleese smoke pipes. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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British comedy troupe Monty Python including (left to right) Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman (1941 - 1989), Terry Gilliam, and John Cleese, lounge about at the site of their filmed live show at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California, 1982. Chapman and Cleese smoke pipes. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Frank Sinatra's My Way has been replaced by Monty Python's Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life - sung by Eric Idle (inset) - as the most popular song played at funerals.

A study by Co-operative Funeralcare showed that traditional hymns, football anthems and classic pop songs top the list of the "funeral music chart".

A study of songs played at 30,000 funerals in the UK also showed unusual requests such as ABBA, Elvis Presley, Star Wars and Blues Brothers fancy dress-themed services.

The top 10 included the Match Of The Day theme, All Things Bright And Beautiful and Angels by Robbie Williams.

Queen is the most popular group for funeral songs such as Who Wants To Live Forever, while an increasing number of songs written by the deceased are played.

"Music plays such an important part in people's lives these days that it now acts as the theme tune to their passing," said David Collingwood of Co-operative Funeralcare.

The UK based survey also rated the theme tunes to both Match of the Day and Coronation Street are also amongst the top twenty most popular songs played at funerals.

Overall Chart 1 - 20:

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life - Eric Idle - From Monty Python’s 1979 film “Life of Brian”

The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23/Crimond)

Abide with Me

Match of the Day theme

My Way - Frank Sinatra

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Angels - Robbie Williams

Enigma Variations - Nimrod Elgar

You’ll Never Walk Alone - Gerry and the Pacemakers (Adopted by fans of Liverpool FC, and Celtic)

Cricket Theme / Soul Limbo - Test Match TV Theme / Booker T. & the MG’s

Canon in D – Pachelbel

Love Theme from Titanic / My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

Last of the Summer Wine - Theme Tune

Only Fools and Horses

Time to Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bochelli

Four Seasons – Vivaldi

Ave Maria – Schubert

Coronation Street - TV Theme

You Raise Me Up – Westlife

Over the Rainbow - Eva Cassidy

Rugby Theme / World in Union - Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (and other versions)

Nessun Dorma – Puccini

Adagio - Bizet/Albinoni

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