Adele’s Popularity Extends To Funerals

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Adele breaks a new record and it’s one we’re sure she never anticipated.

Last year Adele’s popular song “Someone Like You” became the first single this decade to sell a million in the U.K. This year it’s reached new heights: it just entered the Co-operative Funeralcare’s chart at No. 22.

A song that was deemed the breakup song of last year by many has now become the ultimate breakup song between life on earth.

NME reports that the use of pop music at funerals has dramatically increased.

“In 2005, hymns accounted for 41 per cent of funeral music requests, but in the past 12 months the figure has fallen to 30 per cent. Only 4 per cent of mourners requested classical music,” NME writes.

Adele recently landed the cover of Rolling Stone and in the issue her manager Jonathan Dickins recalled the first time he heard her sing “Someone Like You.” He said Adele was especially protective of the song featured on her album 21.

“That was a very conscious decision by Adele,” he said “She was absolutely adamant, more than anybody else, that the song be stripped down.”

The largest funeral director in the U.K., Co-operative Funeralcare was formed in 1844 and has over 880 funeral homes operating across the U.K. The Top 20 pop songs that have been requested at funerals in 2012 are below.

1. Frank Sinatra – “My Way”

2. Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli – “Time To Say Goodbye”

3. Bette Midler – “Wind Beneath My Wings”

4. Eva Cassidy – “Over The Rainbow”

5. Robbie Williams – “Angels”

6. Westlife – “You Raise Me Up”

7. Gerry & The Pacemakers – “You’ll Never Walk Alone”

8. Vera Lynn – “We’ll Meet Again”

9. Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On”

10. Nat King Cole – “Unforgettable”

11. Tina Turner – “The Best”

12. Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton – “I Will Always Love You”

13. Monty Python – “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”

14. Luther Vandross – “Dance With My Father”

15. Louis Armstrong – “Wonderful World”

16. Daniel O’Donnell – “Danny Boy”

17. Eva Cassidy – “Fields Of Gold”

18. Righteous Brothers (and various) – “Unchained Melody”

19. Westlife – “Flying Without Wings”

20. Eva Cassidy – “Songbird”

-Annie Reuter, CBS Local

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