Germans Want AC/DC And METALLICA Songs To Be Played At Their Funeral

March 9, 2005

Alastair Jamieson of is reporting that research suggests Germans favor guitar-led songs by bands such as AC/DC and METALLICA to be played at their funeral, while Italians and Spaniards prefer more classical music.

More than 45,000 adults across Europe were polled on their choice of funeral tune by digital television channel, Music Choice.

QUEEN's "The Show Must Go On" was voted No 1 funeral song by one in five Europeans, with LED ZEPPELIN's "Stairway to Heaven" coming in second and AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" third.

QUEEN's "Who Wants to Live Forever" and METALLICA's "Nothing Else Matters" also featured strongly.

In the U.K., ROBBIE WILLIAMS' "Angels" came out top, followed by the FRANK SINATRA anthem "My Way". Among other popular British choices were BETTE MIDLER's "Wind Beneath My Wings" as well as "Amazing Grace".

The European results were also broken down country by country. Norway's favourites include "Time to Say Goodbye" by ANDREA BOCELLI and "Viva Las Vegas" by ELVIS. The French top five was dominated by French music, while MOZART's "Requiem" was the top choice in Italy. Spaniards and Finns prefer ALBINONI's mournful "Adagio For Strings".

Rebecca Barrett, of Music Choice, said: "Music can be very personal, indeed it often helps create a sense of identity. Wanting to share your most treasured musical gem with those you're leaving behind is the perfect way to sign off and leave a lasting impression.

"It is interesting that the French preferred French songs and classical music and didn't really go for the sort of heavy rock metal that is popular in Germany. There was such a different set of choices between those two countries."


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