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(New Musical Express)   Adele's Someone Like You knocks off Ray Charles' Hit the Road, Jack and Green Day's Good Riddance to become the most popular song to play at a funeral   (nme.com) divider line 117
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2012-10-15 02:28:33 PM

bpwoods: I knew I had you favorited for a reason.


'cause I'm awesome! And humble too. The very humblest! NO ONE does humble like I do humble.


nomorelurking: Wow, that was great. Willie, Waylon, Johnny and Kris. Maybe if you go with a big enough bang we can get them to play?


Well I know Willie is going to out live me. Willie is going to out live us all.

And hum.. I dont know how to break this to you, but ummm I got something to tell you about Johnny and Waylon....
 
2012-10-15 02:28:47 PM
I was just thinking today, what is this chick going to do when she's happy and can't write an entire album about being dumped?
 
2012-10-15 02:31:02 PM
when my father died, my mother and sisters were picking standard church hymns for the music.
My brother and I let them do what ever they wanted with the other arrangements but on music, we said no.
Dad loved his country music and Hank Sr. most of all. They argued it wasn't "dignified" Fark that, Dad would have loved it. We won. In an effort of compromise, we did include "I Saw the Light" but finished with "Hey Good Lookin'"
 
2012-10-15 02:31:26 PM

Tat'dGreaser: I was just thinking today, what is this chick going to do when she's happy and can't write an entire album about being dumped?


You're thinking of Taylor Swift.
 
2012-10-15 02:32:43 PM
I'm going to go with a classic Electric Chairs staple I think.
 
2012-10-15 02:33:05 PM

Anderson's Pooper: Zevon - Keep Me In Your Heart For A While.


That or "Don't Let Us Get Sick" ... if you really want people to feel bad.
 
2012-10-15 02:33:22 PM

Diogenes: You're thinking of Taylor Swift.


No Taylor Swift sings pop songs. I was just thinking about it, I mean she wrote like an entire album dedicated to this guy breaking her heart. She won a ton of Grammy's for it. What's she going to do now that she's happy?

How does that guy feel that an entire album was written about him even if it was negative?
 
2012-10-15 02:33:49 PM
And would it be wrong to Rick N Roll my funeral?

And since you really need like three songs:

Highway Man
My Way- Frank
Lets get drunk and screw- Jimmy Buffet


Why Buffet and why that song? One, I want to put the fun in funeral. And two, this guarantees you cant have my funeral at a church. That and the open bar.
 
2012-10-15 02:35:45 PM

Tat'dGreaser: Diogenes: You're thinking of Taylor Swift.

No Taylor Swift sings pop songs. I was just thinking about it, I mean she wrote like an entire album dedicated to this guy breaking her heart. She won a ton of Grammy's for it. What's she going to do now that she's happy?


I only know of the three or so songs they've played to death on the radio.

How does that guy feel that an entire album was written about him even if it was negative?

Pretty awesome! He should sue her for a cut.
 
2012-10-15 02:43:29 PM

grimlaf: when my father died, my mother and sisters were picking standard church hymns for the music.
My brother and I let them do what ever they wanted with the other arrangements but on music, we said no.
Dad loved his country music and Hank Sr. most of all. They argued it wasn't "dignified" Fark that, Dad would have loved it. We won. In an effort of compromise, we did include "I Saw the Light" but finished with "Hey Good Lookin'"


Tell me you threw Alone and Forsaken into the mix.
 
2012-10-15 02:54:31 PM
Being Jewish we don't do that sort of thing, but I would agree with Nicholas Hornby that Carvan by Van Morison is a solid choice
 
2012-10-15 02:55:28 PM
ACDC Hells Bells
ACDC ThunderStruck
ACDC Back in Black

and if I can convince someone to do it. my body will slowly rises to the bells at the start of hells bells to a sitting position then I will lay back down at the conclusion of Back in Black.
 
2012-10-15 02:58:03 PM

kvinesknows: ACDC Hells Bells
ACDC ThunderStruck
ACDC Back in Black

and if I can convince someone to do it. my body will slowly rises to the bells at the start of hells bells to a sitting position then I will lay back down at the conclusion of Back in Black.


Just remember to leave instructions that if your death happens to be gun-related, the AC/DC song "Big Gun" will be added to the playlist.
 
2012-10-15 03:00:12 PM

FirstNationalBastard: kvinesknows: ACDC Hells Bells
ACDC ThunderStruck
ACDC Back in Black

and if I can convince someone to do it. my body will slowly rises to the bells at the start of hells bells to a sitting position then I will lay back down at the conclusion of Back in Black.

Just remember to leave instructions that if your death happens to be gun-related, the AC/DC song "Big Gun" will be added to the playlist.


and if I die having sex have "deep in the hole" played?
 
2012-10-15 03:04:52 PM
What my Dad wants played as his funeral: Link

My uncle, a Lt. Col. in the Marine Corps, had "Send in the Clowns" playing when his buddies walked in for his funeral.
 
2012-10-15 03:05:28 PM

grimlaf: The Big Chill stole my song, so my next choice:

"I Shall Be Released", The Band.
Link


I'm guessing it was 'You Can't Always Get What You Want'?

My pick from their list
 
2012-10-15 03:08:31 PM

kvinesknows: FirstNationalBastard: kvinesknows: ACDC Hells Bells
ACDC ThunderStruck
ACDC Back in Black

and if I can convince someone to do it. my body will slowly rises to the bells at the start of hells bells to a sitting position then I will lay back down at the conclusion of Back in Black.

Just remember to leave instructions that if your death happens to be gun-related, the AC/DC song "Big Gun" will be added to the playlist.

and if I die having sex have "deep in the hole" played?


Indeed. And if you dye in an explosion, it's "TNT" or nothing.
 
2012-10-15 03:11:01 PM
Gangnam Style
 
2012-10-15 03:28:37 PM
I'm going with the Top Gun Anthem for my funeral.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCTJmXrgsFg

And whoever they get to play the guitar may stand on my coffin while he's shredding this track.
 
2012-10-15 03:35:17 PM

ocabj: I'm going with the Top Gun Anthem for my funeral.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCTJmXrgsFg

And whoever they get to play the guitar may stand on my coffin while he's shredding this track.


Will there be a homoerotic volleyball game played at graveside?
 
2012-10-15 03:45:18 PM

MonkeyAngst: Anderson's Pooper: Zevon - Keep Me In Your Heart For A While.

That or "Don't Let Us Get Sick" ... if you really want people to feel bad.


My shiat's F*cked Up
 
2012-10-15 03:47:05 PM
"Someone Like You" sounds kinda stalker-ex in recovery.

If you want the crowd to cry there's plenty of little pieces by Tom Waits. Lullaby might be outright traumatic at a childs funeral.

Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" is actually a good choice. The crowd might actually be able to follow it, and you could lead it acapella from the front. Well, not you specifically, that would require some creepy animatronics.

Rick Rolling the crowd at your funeral is only to be outdone by Rick Rolling your video last will and testament.

Songs that might fit into a good mix at a funeral IMHO

Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" actually, most of that album.
Stairway.
Later Alligator, as exemplified by Red Dwarf.
Strawberry Jam by The Tiger Lillies.
About half of the works of Tom Waits.
And just to piss off every Christian in the Crowd, add some Slayer or Purified By Blood to the mix.
And to piss off everyone else, Gwar "F****n' an Animal" 

/They're playing Gangnam Style at my health club
//It's actually not bad without visuals
///And better than most of the crap I have to blot out.
 
2012-10-15 04:02:26 PM
The Emperor of Austria listened to Amy Winehouse's music and declared that it had "too many notes" and thus, Adele.
 
2012-10-15 04:06:08 PM

gopher321: Just an aside, I really liked Adele's theme song for the upcoming 'Skyfall' 007 film. Got a real Shirley Bassey tone going on that.


Too bad the title of the film isn't Skyfaooowwwwl.
 
2012-10-15 04:07:55 PM
Yes, because a fat girl that is in denial about getting over her ex-boyfriend exemplifies the lives of most people.
 
2012-10-15 04:13:39 PM
What about Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell"?
 
2012-10-15 04:15:04 PM
I'll go with "road to nowhere".
 
2012-10-15 04:16:13 PM
So a song about seeing an old boyfriend with a new girlfriend, with the line "I wish nothing but the best for you," sounds like something you should play at a funeral? Do people even bother listening to lyrics anymore?

the dizzle: Highlander style


Perfect choice. Would also accept this, as it WILL be my funeral song, assuming I get one.
 
2012-10-15 04:22:08 PM
 
2012-10-15 04:29:24 PM
Chuckle at anyone playing good riddance at their friends funeral... that's just cruel.

// will be playing "Everybody hurts" by REM...
 
2012-10-15 04:36:03 PM
Songs at my funeral: "Many Rivers to Cross" by Jimmy Cliff, "Angel" by Aretha Franklin, and I've always had this fantasy that some beautiful, tearful woman would insist on "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" by Gladys Knight. But who would that woman be?
 
2012-10-15 04:42:35 PM

Somaticasual: Chuckle at anyone playing good riddance at their friends funeral... that's just cruel.


I want this played at mine
 
2012-10-15 04:47:05 PM
My grandmother wants a big old New Orleans jazz type funeral. For a racist, she sure does love her Fats Waller.
 
2012-10-15 04:50:44 PM
 
2012-10-15 05:02:59 PM
I've requested Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig in the Sky".
 
2012-10-15 05:25:36 PM

Sensei Can You See: Monty Python made the list? Really?


Hell, yes. 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' would be in the top 5 choices for my funeral, especially since it could be a good sing along with a bit of light humor. Plus, this is from a British publication.

I think my top choice for a more solemn song is 'When the River Meets the Sea'. Most people associate it with John Denver, because he covered it several years later on his own and as part of the Christmas special he did with the muppets, but I actually prefer the original version from the Emmet Otter Jug-Band Christmas special. Unfortunately, Henson company has some clips from the special on youtube, but not that song. The clip above is Jerry Nelson (who played Emmet) and puppeteer Louise Gold singing it at one of Jim Henson's memorial services.

If someone really insisted on something more serious, I would vote for Brahms's German Requiem, because Brahms purposely left out Christian dogma, and instead of focusing on prayers for the decedent, it focuses on the living.

/ My ex-FILs funeral included a sing-along of 'It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' as he was a big fan of Fred Rogers's philosophy.
 
2012-10-15 05:36:34 PM
Sympathy For The Devil (the Stones version, not the godawful G-n-R version, although the Jane's Addiction live version would be acceptable), strictly to piss off the Bible-thumpers in my family.

And then I insist on my ashes being fired out of a cannon a la Dr. H.S. Thompson.
 
2012-10-15 05:51:37 PM
My three choices:

"In This Life" - Bette Midler
"Why Worry" - Dire Straits
"What a Wonderful World/Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - Iz
 
2012-10-15 05:55:41 PM
I was thinking "I'm alright" by Kenny Loggins. And maybe have an animatronic ground hog pop out from my casket singing along.

Or the scottish funeral song "Flowers of the forest".

/depends how I feel that day.
 
2012-10-15 05:55:48 PM
I'd say Gary Joules "Mad World", and Elbow's "Newborn" would be good, just to watch the reactions at certain verses. 'Course, being dead pretty much makes people watching impossible, so there's the flaw in my plan. Unless I can go ahead and start haunting immediately, but I imagine there's a lot of paperwork involved which has to be sorted out first.
 
2012-10-15 06:54:54 PM
i302.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-15 07:06:19 PM
"If You Don't Know Me By Now"
 
2012-10-15 07:11:36 PM
Of all the money e'er I had,
I spent it in good company.
And all the harm e'er I've done,
Alas! it was to none but me.
And all I've done for want of wit
To mem'ry now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all.

So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate'er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
"Good night and joy be to you all"

Oh, all the comrades e'er I had,
They're sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts e'er I had,
They'd wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I gently rise and softly call,
Good night and joy be with you all.

So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate'er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
"Good night and joy be to you all"

If I had money enough to spend,
And leisure time to sit awhile,
There is a fair maid in this town,
That sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips,
I own she has my heart in thrall,
Then fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.
 
2012-10-15 07:16:13 PM
muttcafe.com
 
2012-10-15 07:23:11 PM
Electric Funeral by Black Sabbath
 
2012-10-15 07:24:10 PM
"Happy Trails" with nukes going off in the background
 
2012-10-15 07:43:07 PM
 
2012-10-15 07:57:26 PM
Surprised I didn't see this one listed. It's a cover, but damn if the Man in Black didn't make it feel like "Further On Up The Road" was his song. Alternately, "Let the Train Blow The Whistle". Hell, it's my funeral, I'll make 'em play both. Only then will they open the bar.
 
2012-10-15 08:23:17 PM
the trapeze swinger-iron & wine
 
2012-10-15 08:59:23 PM
 
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