Wednesday Question: Greatest Song to Be Played at a Funeral

Which song do you want played at your funeral?

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For this week's Wednesday Question, we'd like you folks to focus on that omnipresent question of which song you'd like played at your very own funeral and answer this:

What is the greatest song to be played at a funeral?

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Multiple nominations of one song create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given track to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same tune, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.

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    King Crimson - Epitaph
    True story, I'm writing it into my will that they're playing "Starless" at my funeral. "Epitaph" is a good one too though.
    I'd also personally chose starless, but 'epithaph' is such a perfect response to this question Starless wozld also scare the living shit out of most old ppl at a funeral
    woah if it's full 12 minute Starless that would be an Epic fukin funeral!
    Monty Python - Always look on the bright side of life
    Mr Winters
    Honestly I think I'd rather hear something cheerful than some super sad song meant to make everyone get even sadder Fuck being sad.
    From Wikipedia "When Chapman died on 4 October 1989, the five remaining Pythons, as well as Chapman's close friends and family, came together at his public memorial service to sing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" as part of Idle's eulogy. In 2005, a survey by Music Choice showed that it was the third most popular song Britons would like played at their funerals." There ya go lad!
    I want to die right now just to make this happen.
    My dad just passed away 3 weeks ago, suddenly, no warning signs or anything. So its weird seeing this article on a website I visit everyday. But my dad, oddly enough, had requested that we play " soulshine" by Govt. Mule at his funeral just a few months ago, and of course we did. You never know when its your time!
    Space jam theme song, while my lifeless corpse swings from the ceiling fan.
    As they violently thrash you around like a puppet, it plays: Just work that body, work that body Make sure you don't hurt nobody
    I'm an undertaker and I always find it funny when people choose Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire when they're having a cremation
    I'm in the business as well and I've had that a few times myself haha. That and 'How Great Thou Art'
    I'm working on my Funeral Services degree, and I look forward to getting requests like these, so I can silently judge the people in my head. Lol
    Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd is a good country/southern rock epic. My dad wants it played live at his funeral.
    Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
    A high school student doing an internship at our local radio station played this after reading the funeral announcements (small town) one day. He wasn't on the air again after that..
    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    Pink Floyd - Goodbye Cruel World
    That's a pretty good one, don't know why I didn't think of it. Admittedly, however, it sounds a little too depressing if you take the lyrics out of context.
    If you have never heard this song, just look up the lyrics. They perfectly sum up how you should feel about dying.
    Absolutely. I don't plan on dying anytime soon (I'm 15) but this one is already on my funeral playlist.
    Well, Stairway To Heaven of course. I attended a funeral of a friend, they played it, and I couldn't count the tears in my eyes. Considering he was also a guitarist, it was as emotional as it could be.
    GGAllinsPizza · Jun 22, 2016 01:51 PM
    In this River - Black Label Society Edit: I gotta add that I've been reading the comments, and kind off caugh my atention that nobody suggested "My Way" as a more cheerful option, since I saw people commenting about that.
    Burden - Opeth
    Or the funeral portrait off blackwater park.
    Edith Piaf - non je ne regrette rien
    Im gonna be a total ass and put this at the top, but guys: Drowning Pool - Bodies Mudvayne - Happy? Stone Temple Pilots - Dead & Bloated Three Days Grace - Gone Forever/Get out Alive Theory of a Deadman - Blow/Hate My Life System of a Down - Lonely Day Sixx A.M. - Life is Beautiful And my personal choice Guns N Roses - Used to Love Her Just to get some ideas flowing
    Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult because even in death, we can all use a little more cowbell.
    Yakety Sax will be played at mine.
    Will the funeral procession be speeded up Benny Hill style with female mourners getting their clothing ripped off on barbed wire and having to chase the coffin in lacy lingerie?
    In Loving Memory - Alterbridge
    You could do Blackbird, Wonderful Life, and Life Must Go On as well. I really lean towards Wonderful Life, I played the guitar to my aunt when she was in the hospital and she thought it was really beautiful. My family wants me to play it at her funeral.
    You forgot watch over you! Also in loving memory
    Radiohead - Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Joy Division - The Eternal I mean, the first line does say "procession moves on, the shouting is over".
    Blackbird - Alter Bridge
    Wonderful Life off of AB3 or In Loving Memory off of One Day Remains are great melancholy AB songs as well. Actually most of the songs off AB3 would work perfectly for a funeral.