'Jealous of the Angels' is most popular funeral song

A relative unknown has beaten the likes of Frank Sinatra, Monty Python and Eva Cassidy to crown the Top 30 funeral songs, telegraph.co.uk reports.

It's one of the very few funeral requests that can raise a smile through the tears: music. The songs chosen as loved ones say their final goodbyes can be poignant, silly or both and all moods are reflected within Co-Operative Funeralcare's Top 30 of songs played at funerals.

Where once upon a time, musical accompaniments were sombre, possibly refrained classical melodies, it's not unusual to hear 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' or 'My Way' as the curtains close.

The Top 30 actually comprises primarily uplifting ballads such as Robbie Williams' 'Angels'.

Successful songwriter Wayne Hector, who himself is represented in the Top 30 by Westlife's 'Flying Without Wings' explained the changes: "At a funeral, you want a certain amount of joy, a song about hope rather than a sad song.

As much as you're lamenting someone's passing, you're celebrating their life.

Songs such as this talk to the aspects that connect all humans."However, the most requested song is by relative unknown, Jen Bostic, whose song 'Jealous of the Angels' was written about the death of her own father.

Uploaded to YouTube only last summer Bostic, like Eva Cassidy, was championed by radio DJs and her song reached the ears of British people.

According to Co-op, it is fast becoming the most popularly selected funeral track.

Humour is equally evident and listeners responding to the question 'what song would you like at your funeral' told tastebuds.fm they wanted to hear everything from AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' to The Trammps with 'Disco Inferno'.

Other novel choices included 'Macarena' by Los Del Rio and Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust'.