Why Oh Why Is Adele's "Someone Like You" a Big Hit at Funerals?

Adele's "Someone Like You" is No. 22 on the Co-operative Funeralcare's chart of songs played at funerals, according to NME. Who knows how scientific the polling of "the UK's leading funeral director" is, but this does point to the fact that at least more than one person has selected a song whose narrator describes her object of affection as ultimately replaceable to play in tribute to the deceased.

"Never mind, dead person, I'll find someone like you (but with a pulse)," Adele's lyrics don't go.

Playing "Someone Like You" at a funeral is about as appropriate as playing "My Sharona" at a tween's birthday party. It's not even a matter of selective hearing, like the kind that would have people playing a similarly break-up themed weepie like Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" (No. 12) or the yearning expression of insecurity that is the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" (No. 18). Those songs contain words like "love," "always" and "I'll be coming home, wait for me." (Though to answer the central question of "Unchained Melody," no he/she is not still yours because he/she is dead.) I get "Wind Beneath My Wings" (No. 3), since Barbara Hershey died in Beaches after getting really bitchy and saying, "Fucking!" in a really jarring way. But there's really no mistaking that "Someone Like You" is about finding a different someone like the person that's being sung about since "Someone Like You" is called "Someone Like You."

Anyway, the full chart is below. Nothing is quite as hilarious as "Someone Like You," but then again, what is? And really? No "One Sweet Day"?

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"

[NME]

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