March 15, 2005

Right Now, Someone In Europe Is Being Buried… To The Tune Of Highway To Hell

Well, maybe not right now… But, if the results of a poll by digital TV channel, Music Choice, are to be believed then this track will be blaring out at the funeral of someone on that continent in the not too distant future.

The Acca Dacca classic apparently came in third in the survey which asked 45,000 Europeans in nine different countries what music they would choose to be buried to. In front of it, were Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven (No. 2), and The Show Must Go On by Queen (No. 1) (Also high up the list were Metallica's Nothing Else Matters, and another Queen track, Who Wants To Live Forever.)

These results become even more interesting when broken down by country. In Germany, the preference was for heavy guitar anthems by bands such as the aforementioned AC/DC and Metallica. By contrast, people in Mediterranean Catholic countries tended to go for classical music or sentimental pop ballads like Let It Be or Lennon's Imagine. In Sweden, No 1 went to Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton, and No 3 to There Is A Light That Never Went Goes Out by The Smiths.

In Britain, one in five participants opted to shuffle of this mortal coil with their tongues in their cheeks and a soundtrack provided by Monty Python's Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. But the award for the most bizarre choice in funeral music goes to Norway who picked, as one of their favourites, Elvis' Viva Las Vegas... Make of that what you will. (via Viewropa)

Posted by Warren at March 15, 2005 08:21 PM | Death & After