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Revealed: Northern Ireland's favourite funeral songs - pervert Gary Glitter makes the list

Gary Glitter, who was been jailed for 16 years at Southwark Crown Court for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls.
Gary Glitter, who was been jailed for 16 years at Southwark Crown Court for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls.
Celine Dion
Frank Sinatra
Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol

By Fergus Horsfall

It's the tear-jerking ballad that played as the credits rolled at the end of the blockbuster Titanic.

And now the track inspired by the doomed Belfast-built liner is Northern Ireland's number one song choice for funerals, according to Co-Op Funeralcare, which conducted the research.

My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion topped a poll, part of a UK survey published today ranking the songs people want played at their funerals.

Local pop fans of Westlife ensured the boy band's hit You Raise Me Up takes the number two spot, while Sinead O'Connor's sombre and moving Nothing Compares 2 U was ranked third, followed by Queen's rock anthem 'mash-up' of Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are The Days Of Our Lives.

Celine Dion

Fifth place is Elton John's Something About The Way You Look Tonight along with Candle In The Wind, one place ahead of Meat Loaf's I'd Do Anything For Love, with English actor/singer Anthony Newley's 1960's Why taking the seventh spot.

Meanwhile, fallen Seventies icon Gary Glitter is ranked eighth with I Love You Love Me Love beating John Lennon's epic peace anthem Imagine at ninth place, with the uplifting Doctor & The Medics' cover of Spirit In The Sky at number 10.

Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 between 1975 and 1980 on 5 February.

The poll has been running since 2002, and in the overall UK survey for 2019 Frank Sinatra's timeless swansong My Way retained its number one spot for the third consecutive year.

Frank Sinatra

Ranking second is classical favourite Time To Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, while the late Eva Cassidy's acoustic posthumous hit Over The Rainbow came third, followed by the Bette Midler Eighties ballad Wind Beneath My Wings. In fifth place is cheeky pop-hit maker Robbie Williams' Angels, one place ahead of Ed Sheeran's tear-jerker Supermarket Flowers, followed by the seventh most popular funeral choice, Unforgettable by crooner Nat King Cole.

Westlife's You Raise Me Up makes another appearance at number eight, while 'forces' sweetheart' Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again is ranked one place higher.

Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol

In 10th spot is the rather more upbeat Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life from Monty Python's Life Of Brian.

This is the first year no traditional hymns have made it into the overall UK chart, says Co-Op.

In a separate UK poll for Alternative music fans, Snow Patrol's 2006 hit Chasing Cars is the number one choice for funerals nationally.

The survey also revealed that over a quarter of adults here have informed loved ones of their funeral song choices.

The 10 most popular songs at funerals

1: My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion

2: You Raise Me Up, Westlife

3: Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor

4: Bohemian Rhapsody/ These Are The Days Of Our Lives, Queen

5: Something About The Way You Look/Candle In The Wind, Elton John

6: I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Meat Loaf

7: Why, Anthony Newley

8: I Love You Love Me Love, Gary Glitter

9: Imagine, John Lennon

10: Spirit In The Sky, Doctor & The Medics

10 that probably won’t be played

1: Knock On Wood, Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper

2: Going Underground, The Jam

3: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Bob Dylan

4: The Show Must Go On, Queen

5: Ashes To Ashes, David Bowie

6: Down, Down, Status Quo

7: Take My Breath Away, Berlin

8: Highway To Hell, AC/DC

9: Living In A Box, Living In A Box

10: Live and Let Die, Paul McCartney

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