‘Good Grief’ by Bastille has been named the most-played millennial funeral song, according to life insurance comparison site, Reassured.
According to the study, ‘See You Again’ by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa is the second most played songs at funerals. The song was originally a tribute to actor late Paul Walker, who died in 2013.
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Supermarket Flowers’ has been ranked third, followed by Billie Eilish with ‘When the party’s over.’
Reassured also identified the most listened-to artist in funeral themed playlists, which include Billie Eilish, Bastille, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.
Billie Eilish has garnered both critical and popular acclaim since she burst onto the scene in 2016. Grammy-nominated “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go” was Spotify’s most-streamed album of 2019. The 18-year-old has perfectly captured the zeitgeist with her genre-defying style. Her haunting vocals cover themes including love, loss and depression.
According to Reassured, Eilsh’s music is the “perfect length, tempo, key and era for a funeral song.”
Additionally, the average funeral song is just over four minutes long, was released in the 2000s, is sung in the key of “F”, and has a slow andante tempo of 108 beats per minute, similar to walking pace.
Phil Jeynes, director of corporate sales, at Reassured, said: “It’s been really interesting to explore what songs people want at their funerals and some may not be what you expect. Funerals reflect an individual’s personality, so it’s not surprising that we see a diverse list of songs and given the majority of Spotify users are under 35, the artists understandably skew towards recent acts.”
“Music is just one way to personalise a funeral service, with flowers, readings, scents, dress code and coffin also playing an important role. But costs can soon start to rack up. To protect yourself and your loved ones, options like life insurance or a prepaid funeral plan can offer financial assistance to help take some of the stress out of planning a special send off.”