British singer/songwriter James Blunt loves it when his ballads are played at weddings and funerals, as he feels closer to his fans.

Blunt's hit YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL is currently the favourite song to accompany the first dance of many brides and grooms, while GOODBYE MY LOVER is the top tune for funerals.

And the singer himself has since realised he plays an important role in his public's rites of passage.

He says, "It's very special that people make my songs part of their lives.

"Somebody got engaged as we played You're Beautiful in Leeds.

"A guy got down on his knee and proposed to his girlfriend. I thought, 'We'd better not cock this song up.'

"I've also heard tragic stories of Goodbye My Lover being played at funerals. Which is nice also."