In 1990, the song returned to the charts after that recording was used in the box office blockbuster film ‘Ghost’.
In 1999,it was called one of the 25 most-performed songs and musical works of the entire 20th century.
With more than 1500 recordings in multiple languages, "Unchained Melody" is #5 on the BBC's list of the Ten Richest Songs. It has been on the charts countless times, and remains popular among all ages.
The version ‘Senza Catene’ released by Il Divo has placed the song in another genre, that of the classical crossover, giving it even more popular appeal.
The Italian words and orchestration seem to add to the emotional response people have to the song, and families have remarked to me that it has a cathartic effect when sung live at a funeral.
It has become a regular on the top lists of favourite funeral songs, and certainly is one of our favourites too.
Here's a short clip of 'Senza Catene'