Research carried out by the UK’s largest life insurance broker, Reassured, has found that the most popular funeral song in 2020 is ‘Good Grief’ by British pop-rock band Bastille.
The second most popular song is ‘See You Again’ by Wiz Khalifa, released in 2015 and in third place is ‘Supermarket Flowers’ by Ed Sheeran, released in 2017.
Reassured collected and analysed data from over 2,000 Spotify funeral playlists to find out which tracks, artists and genres are the most listened to among young music streamers. Playlist titles included the terms ‘funeral songs’, ‘funerals’ and ‘grief’ and the top tracks were put together to find the most popular songs to play at a funeral.
Other tracks that featured in the top 10 included ‘The Funeral’ by Band of Horses, ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay and ‘Tears in Heaven’ by Eric Clapton.
‘Good Grief’, released in 2016 by Bastille, was discovered to be the most listened to track overall. This song also appeared at the top of the charts for playlists that featured the term ‘grief’, with Bastille being the #1 artist listened to in this category.
Bastille were formed in 2010 by lead vocalist and song writer, Dan Smith. Their genre of music has been described pop-rock, electro-pop and indie-rock and they tend to write about unconventional themes including history and politics.
In an interview with NME, Dan Smith explained that when writing their song ‘Good Grief’ he wanted to “encapsulate the stages of denial, shock, depression and complete euphoria that come with feelings of grief, and the alien feeling of being at a funeral”. Despite the sombre lyrics, which include “I’ll be dancing at a funeral”, the song is surprisingly upbeat.
Billy Eilish ranked number #1 for the most listened to artist overall; her tracks appeared in 454 of the funeral playlists that were analysed. Her song ‘When the Party’s Over‘, which was released in 2018, appeared in several of the charts and is the 4th most listened to track overall.
The research also unveiled that the most popular genres among millennials for funeral songs were pop (#1), rock (#2) and folk pop (#3) – and there’s no surprise that the most popular era is the 2000s.
So, will we be hearing Bastille, Billy Eilish and Wiz Khalifa at funerals in the future?