10 Totally Inappropriate Songs To Play At Your Funeral

Because Highway To Hell is awesome, and deserves playing in even the most inappropriate places.

If you died tomorrow, which song would you have see you off? Let's imagine you didn't have one prepared, and your family picked out a heartfelt Nickelback track to commemorate your life €“ it's enough to make you turn in your grave, isn't it? Hell, we'd probably claw our way out that coffin just to bury the CD player instead. But this sort of thing could happen, so you simply must have all musical arrangements set in stone. Now, top dogs of the funeral playlist are of course Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' and Westlife's 'You Raise Me Up' €“ but they're a bit, well, dull and overdone aren't they? So we've spiced up the world of death anthems; with 10 tracks that will be sure to give your funeral-attendees a giggle, or just totally freak the Dickens out of them. Feel free to share your own terribly inappropriate ideas in the comments below €“ if we're going to Hell, at least we'll all be there together.

10. Light My Fire €“ The Doors

'Come on baby, light my fire' - not the most delicate of tracks to have played at a cremation. If you really want to go all out on bad taste, you could always follow it up with 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes' as the curtains close.

9. Stayin' Alive €“ The Bee Gees

Or, not. This one actually happened at a funeral in Brighton a few years back. Not due to the personal choice of the family or deceased in question €“ but when one attendee's ringtone horrifyingly went off in the church full of mourners. 'Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, you're stayin' alive, stayin' alive.' Mega cringe. Easy mistake though, isn't it? I mean, at a cinema there's multiple warnings to switch off your mobile, you couldn't forget. But at a funeral, there's no signs that tell you to turn off that phone and prevent that blood-curling Bee Gees track blasting out and scarring everyone for life.

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