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Golden oldies still popular with over 50s

In 2007, Smooth Radio conducted a survey to find the favourite tracks of the over-50s.

What was interesting was that only two tracks in the top 10 were more recent than the hits of their teens. Crazy, by Gnarls Barkley the US hip-hop duo and Closest Thing to Crazy by jazz singer Katie Melua. Nearly half of the top 50 came from the 1960s.

John Lennon’s Imagine was the favourite pop song of the baby boomer generation, narrowly ahead of Chris De Burgh’s Lady In Red.

The survey was completed by 3,760 over-50s so it was fairly representative. This was the top 10.

  1. John Lennon - Imagine
  2. Chris De Burgh - Lady in Red
  3. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
  4. Ben E King - Stand By Me
  5. Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
  6. Lou Reed - Perfect Day
  7. Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
  8. Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
  9. Katie Melua - Closest Thing to Crazy
  10. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love 

You may want to consider songs from this list for your funeral playlist, or for the music to be played at your memorial party.

More likely, however, will be that you have some very special pieces of music you want played that won’t be on top ten listing.  

The Music section will give you playlist options for you to create the music you want played at the event(s) that mark the end of your life.

Create and amend your playlists, fill out your funeral wish list and put them into your Lifebox. This is like a digital time capsule which only you can access and edit.  

You must nominate a second keyholder, such as your executor. He or she can only open you Lifebox on your death or when you give permission.  

The second keyholder, who can’t edit documents, will be instructed to carry out the wishes in the Lifebox.

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