As Lorinda Sheasby, from Co-operative Funeralcare, says, the findings show that people do not feel restricted to traditional funeral music, but set the tone of the service to reflect the life of their loved one, choosing even football anthems and television theme tunes.
"We have seen an increase in popularity in contemporary tunes. Hymns are still important to a lot of families who come to arrange funerals," she says.
"Quite often you'll find at a funeral a couple of tunes played and sometimes it might be one hymn and a contemporary tune as well.
"A lot of families are telling us that they are mourning a loss but would like to celebrate a life as well. Funerals are very individual things, and families are asking for a funeral service that reflects the life of an individual."
Ministers tend to be accommodating and try to do what the families of the deceased want, she explains, even if that does include the theme tune to Coronation Street.
"Having said that, if a tune is legal, and it's decent and it's available, generally speaking we as funeral directors and the clergy will accommodate a family."
Sometimes churches, though, frown on certain choices - one in every 10 requests for pieces of music was rejected by clergy conducting the service.
BBC 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins says people want a meaningful, poignant, powerful moment but occasionally choices reflect the fact they want "one last laugh".
And he says that the music can help mourners to smile in what is a difficult time.
"One listener said her stern and scary ex-headmistress said goodbye to Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead. There was also AC/DC's Highway To Hell," he says.
Ms Sheasby agrees and says that amid the requests for television theme tunes and contemporary songs "one of the most unusual we've had recently is for the Radio 4 shipping forecast".
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