Top Ten Most Beautiful Sounding Musical Instruments

The Top Ten
1 Violin The violin is a wooden string instrument in the violin family. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use.

This is the best instrument. I've heard all of the other instruments, but violin is really by far the best. It instantly calms me down and is pure delight.

THIS instrument I play, it has a beutifull sound, I've been learning since I was 7, I'm now 17, and I'm still a begginer, even though I practice 10 hours a week, its not an easy instrument but it is worth the practice

It's amazing. I have been studying violin for the last two years and I feel it is a very natural and pure acoustic instrument. The violin is a very different instrument to compare with other musical instrument, because there is no clues​ for finding the correct note. It is a classic instrument which I ever heard. I like the violin very much.

The violin is complete bliss. I love how the notes blend together so beautiful. It kind of reminds me of streams of spilling light over clouds.

2 Piano The piano is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands.

The Piano and its relatives are the most beautiful instruments they have all the moods in music. The other relative is the Organ which sums up all the beauty in music.I have interacted with more than 8 pitched instruments and the piano stands out

What is there to say? This instrument is like gold. Some of the best classical songs are made for just the piano. Listen to Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, and Bach, and you'll know what I mean. And the piano's repertoire does not end there. It is used often in modern music too. It takes a whole orchestra to match the complexity of the music on the piano. It's not the sound itself that is great to me, it's intricacy of every chord and arpeggio, tempo and dynamic, harmony and melody, and articulation found in every single piece written for the piano.

Any song sounds amazing on the piano. It's so versatile. My recommendations for piano covers/songs are Kyle Landry and Jon Schmidt with the Piano Guys. Seriously look up "All of Me" by him. It's heaven.

If you think about it, a good piano sound is easily the best sound, from dreamy to entergetic to lound to quiet and it's not easy. Violin is great, but no match for the trumpet. Look up "All of Me" and "Waterfall" by John Schmidt and other songs. Truly the best.

3 Cello The cello or violoncello is a bowed or plucked string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths.

Fantastic instrument, the way it can make so many sounds with just four strings! The melody is beautiful. Although people say 'Ugh it's so boring because of its low sound' but it does go to a higher pitch.

Being very versatile, it can have the high notes of the violin, and the deep resonating sounds that are unique to itself. I am shocked by the cello being in 5th place. Also, and this is just my own opinion, the cello is one of the most in tune string instruments because of the larger strings. Whenever I hear a violin, sometimes even at the college level, the cellos are mostly in tune, while the violins and violas are just out of tune. Also, just to point this out, the best classical solos and concertos along with looping creations use the Cello. The Violin is the most widely known because it usually has the melody in classical pieces, but the best and most beautiful instrument is the Cello. If you really want to see for yourself, look up Prelude to Bach's First Cello Suite. This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music in the history of music. Listen and join the Cello Side.

This instrument is very expressive. You can express your feelings to others with a beautiful vibration. This is the perfect instrument if you are very expressive like me.

It's beautiful and unique, it's strings can go as low as the bass and as high as the violin. It sounds beautiful and you can feel the calming vibrations when you play this big instrument. This instrument is also played sitting down which gives advantage so you can play in relaxation.

4 Harp The harp is a stringed musical instrument that has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard; the strings are plucked with the fingers.

The harp is an unassuming, humble instrument. In the midst of an orchestra it adds the perfect glittering beauty that no other instrument could produce. I play the piano but I often wish I had taken up the harp. I listen to harp music almost every night to help me go to sleep and it does wonders for this! I puts me in such a peaceful place, just a gorgeous instrument!

The harp has such a light peaceful tone, yet can also have a harsh and violent tone depending on the music. It has so many different ways of playing and the angelic sound is amazing.

It is a really elegant instrument that is so very soft and sweet, but I am not meaning like a peach,more like Clara/Marie from the Nutcracker scene.

Harp is simply so beautiful, so relaxing, and playing it is like being in a dream.

5 Flute The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening.

The flute is so beautiful to listen to. I've been playing acoustic guitar for 3 years, but I want to start the flute. The flute is also good for you. It improves your posture, breathing control, lung capacity, and more. Flute: 100/100! Also, you boys and men out there, there is no shame in playing the flute! (I'm a 12-year-old boy) I have a friend who plays the flute, (she's a girl) and she says that the flute dominates the professional tier in her band! So, ladies and gentlemen, no matter what gender you are, if you want to play the flute, go for it! (Also, flute is shockingly under-represented and underestimated in society, don't let that discourage you!) We all need more flutes out there! Go for it!

I have been playing the flute since 4th grade and I love the sound quality to it, not to mention it can play up to 38 notes. It's a beautiful instrument and not many kids choose it as their band pick. In my school band, there were only 6 flutes in the entire band, all of them advanced. None of the begginning 4th graders chose flute as their instrument. There were 12 saxophones and 20 clarinets. So please, pick flute, so there aren't three times as many saxophones in your school band and your teacher doesn't constantly have to tell the saxes to quiet down.

Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to play the flute because I loved the sound of it. When I started in year 4 I loved being able to play such a wonderful instrument and I still do.

What is flute doing all the way at 8th place! I have had the pleasure of playing this beautiful instrument for 3 years, and not only is it a joy to play, but it is so enchanting to listen to. The flute produces a sound like no other- it's soft, nice, angelic, and gives off a fairy tale vibe. Listening to it can put you to sleep or make you want to frolic in a meadow. The flute will always be number one in my book, along with the violin.

6 Guitar

Guitars are the most beautiful not only for their amazing sound and versatility but the intimacy with it. You hold the guitar close to your body almost like you're hugging it. You can feel the vibrations through your chest and body and you don't get that with any other instruments, they're all away from the body.

The classical guitar not only has a sweet and soft sound to it, but it can be played with thunderous blasts of the strumming fingers or very light strokes of the fingertips, thus giving it a vast range of expression. It is versatile as an instrument gets.

I've played every instrument above this besides cello and violin,and I honestly thing the guitar is one of the most beautiful. If anyone is doubting, just go look up fingerstyle. It's just so calming and it is my preferred playing style, blending in the melody of the lyrics with the rhythm in the background of a song. It's just so breathtakingly beautiful

Guitars are very versatile, with classical and acoustic capable of playing traditional songs. Electric guitars are capable of playing metal and rock powerful enough to make your body move almost involuntarily.

7 Saxophone The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.

The saxophone is a very good looking instrument... The sound it produces out ways. It can produce various timbers.. From heavenly to shrill alarming when needed.

No other instrument is as versatile. From haunting melodies to rock riffs. The tenor particularly is a fabulous looking instrument.

I love the saxophone's sound and look. It's definitely at least one of my favorite instruments

Personally, I prefer cellos for more classical pieces, but saxes can't be beat for jazz. Bari especially. (OOH I love bari)

8 Clarinet

Very velvety, warm, and smooth timbre. Also abundantly expressive. Super versatile. Want a soothing, slow piece? Play a smooth legato passage. Want something exciting and quick? Play a song with arpeggios and/or runs; since the clarinet is more agile than any other woodwind besides the flute, it can play really fast. Want jazz? Just add vibrato to a song. The clarinet is seriously underrated. Difficulty would be a medium. Harder than any of the saxes but easier than oboe, and slightly easier than flute. Out of all woodwinds, I would say this instrument should be first in beautiful sound list.

The clarinet has a nice rich tone on the Chalumeau register, a bright and sweet tone on the Clarion register, and a high and screech-like sound on the Altissimo register. The clarinet has three beautiful sounding registers. The clarinet is very beautiful and has a distinct, calming, and rich tone. The better the player the better the clarinet sounds. The clarinet is my main and favorite instruments out of all the others I play. The woodwinds are the best. The sound of brass is too fat and boring to even dominate the sound of the woodwinds, especially clarinet. From the four instruments I play, this is my rating from the best sounding to worst sounding.
1. Clarinet, 2. Bass Clarinet, 3. Alto Saxophone, 4. Flute

You can almost always hear the beautiful tone of a clarinet in any movie soundtrack. It's very versatile and can be used for a variety of musical styles, and not to mention when it's played correctly by a professional it can give off such a rich, emotional sound. The lower tones of this instrument legit give me chills.

The versatility of the clarinet makes it like a friend. It can be there when you're sad, it can be there when you are happy and want to do a jig, and can be there when you just want to chill. It is this versatility of emotion which makes it so beautiful.

9 Viola

I play violin, but I like the sound of violas better. They have such a rich and beautiful sound that's not too high or too low. Violas are so underrated! If you want me to be honest, violas are actually my favorite string instrument! It's a shame that violas almost never get the melody. They deserve more moments to shine. In fact, I'm actually learning alto clef right now and I'm planning to restring one of my old violins into a viola because I really want to learn this beautiful instrument!
P.s. listen to Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 and you will hear how beautiful this instrument sounds

I love a good viola. Beautiful, rich tones compared to the shrill, sharp ones of a violin. And, if they're bad, at least you can't hear 'em, am I right fellas!
(Seriously, they're like a less screechy, more soothing violin, and violists usually have a way better personality than ' stuck up concertmasters)

I play the viola, so of course it's going on here! I think it strikes just the right balance, where it wont hurt your ears sometimes or shriek.

It's got most of the same notes and has an extra "C" strings. In my opinion, It's easier to play and yet still produces amazing sound.

10 Trumpet A trumpet is a blown musical instrument commonly used in classical and jazz ensembles. The trumpet group contains the instruments with the highest register in the brass family.

I don't even play the trumpet myself (I play a few other instruments which are all higher up on this list) but when I hear a good trumpet solo in a band, I feel like I want to cry from how beautiful it sounds. The trumpet has such a bright, pure, beautiful sound when played right, and it's the only wind instrument I think I could listen to all day. It deserves to be higher than ninth place

Trumpet are quite possibly one of the most versatile instruments of all time, and can fit in with many different types ensembles. I have a bias because I play this instruments, but I believe this is the most beautiful and angelic sounding instrument of all time. However, I don't believe it to be the most harmonic or lyrical.

Trumpet is so versatile. It can play anything, from a heroic fanfare to a beautiful arrangement. Their capability, from range to dynamics to mutes to everything else is hardly limited.

Possibly one of the most versatile instruments in existence, with the capability of performing anything from romantic classical, to big-band, broadway or even dixieland swing.

The Contenders
11 French Horn

I'm a teen in a high school band who plays five instruments. Piano, French Horn, Trumpet, Saxophone and Baby Tuba. Out of all five, the French horn is my absolute favourite. It Is so mellifluous, and it creates it's own uniqueness to where it pops out of a group of sounds. These beautiful brass instruments may not be as common to play as the guitar or percussion, yet, it deserves to be close to number one on the list in my opinion. Whoever learns this instrument is astounding because it is even known as one of the hardest instruments to achieve!

This instrument has this deep, sweet, and mellow voice, that if played right, can move an audience into tears. I've played the french horn for 4 years now and I enjoy (but also struggle with XD) this instrument a lot. Honestly, this instrument should at least come 3rd of 5th place!

This instrument is difficult, no doubt. However, any brass player with good tone can pick up this instrument and usually make a beautiful, flowing, steady, balanced tone. I played trumpet and tried F horn, and I realized how empty the band is without its part. The beautiful french horn sound balances the band.

The French horn is the most beautiful sounding instrument. It is the keystone for every arch(band) and the ketchup for the hotdog as my band director says. It is a favorite instrument for many people. Also, half the notes are open, so it is kind of a challenge, fortunately, I always love a great challenge with a good outcome.

12 Electric Guitar The electric guitar is a type of guitar that unlike an acoustic guitar, is solid body instead of hollow. They use pickups and amps to produce sound that's audible from more than a few feet. They are mainly used in rock and metal music and in those genres are commonly the main instruments. A few notable more.

With how many effects and everything you can do on this instrument, it should be on top. The electric guitar can play everything from the heaviest of metal to the softest of beautiful music to chilling, atmospheric minor pieces. The electric guitar is my favorite by far.

This list is a bit senseless because every instrument has some great sounds depending on what kind of music you play. I think that for rock music the electric guitar is the must have instrument.

Depends on what kind of music you're playing. But for most of the time, electric guitar can make all- angry, sad, happy sounds.

Good guitar solos.

13 Drum

Percussion instruments are vital to any band as they help with rhythm, articulation, and tempo. A band without percussion is like a bird without wings.

Just Can't believe the drum is so low.

14 Trombone

Trombone at #17? Why? It's such a great instrument. There's so many good excerpts out there: Ride of the Valkyries, Bolero, Hungarian March, Fountains of Rome, or even Imperial March. There's such a wide variety of emotions that can be conveyed on trombone.

Plus, who doesn't love a good glissando?

Has the greatest vocal quality of all the instruments next to voice. Most orchestration textbooks group it in with horn and cello when it comes to tone purity and ease of sound

It is much higher quality than the saxophone, and it can be 100% in tune due to the tuning slide and the main slide contributing to the tone.

Have you ever heard a trombone choir!? EVER? There are the most beautiful sounding instruments ever and should easily be first.

15 Harpsichord

The harpsichord is probably the most beautiful instrument in existence, at least the most beautiful keyboard instrument (pipe organs are angelic too)! Every gentle pluck comes together to form complex, thoughtful music that reflects both the composer and the player. Many people bash the harpsichord for the fact that it can only achieve one volume. However, is this truly a disadvantage? Perhaps the music of composers that can make emotionally active music on the harpsichord with this single volume would be better than the music of the composers who rely on the tonal crutch of the piano...not that piano is bad or anything...but...

Harpsichords have just as much expressive capability as pianos. Best instrument

Harpsichords are awesome.

16 Oboe Oboes belong to the classification of double reed woodwind instruments. Oboes are usually made of wood, but there are also oboes made of synthetic materials.

It's certainly very unique. Not everyone who hears it for the first time will like it, but it will grow on most people. It sounds very different, even for a woodwind (unlike the string and brass sections, where the overall sound is uniform and very similar, the woodwind sections have very different sounding instruments). The oboe is the hardest instrument to describe the sound with words. It is the best woodwind instrument for solos due to its penetrating but sound. Props to all the oboists for playing such a difficult and beautiful instrument.

I knew almost nothing about the oboe until my band teacher suggested that I should try it. That evening, I listened to many oboe pieces and my the next day, I was completely in love with it. Since then, I've been playing the oboe and it is challenging but completely worth it.

When you just started playing the oboe, it might be the most difficult instrument to play and might have squeaking sound, but when you are good at it, it has the sound that other instruments cannot make, thus making oboe have the most beautiful sound.

My daughter is a college junior and has been playing oboe since she started band in 5th grade. It has a beautiful, haunting sound that, although not loud in volume, penetrates. It is the finishing touch the blends the rest of the ensemble together.

17 Bassoon

Just listen to the bassoon in the crops failed track of the Martian movie
Or grizzly hills track from world of Warcraft. Most beautiful instrument in the world, followed by the cello.

The bassoon sounds like a goose if played badly, but so beautiful when actually played well. (I can say that because I play it don't come at me :/ )

Berceuse from The firebird. Need I say more?

I don't have an opinion because I can't play but I am only 11 and I might play in band

18 Bagpipes Bagpipes are a wind instrument using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag.

How is this not higher up? Bagpipes are literally a WEAPON that has given so many soilders moral through out the years that it tops any instrument on this list!

Bagpipes are amazing!

Amazing grace people that was amazing played on the bagpipes

19 Organ

The Pipe organ is the most powerful and majestic instrument ever made. It can rival a symphony orchestra by playing the loudest and most powerful thundering musical notes, while at the same time, can play the quietest and most gentle musical notes as well. The sounds offered on the organ are unlike that of any instrument, you get the Strings, Clarinets, flutes, oboes, trumpets, and much more. The pipe organ is a symphony all to itself, and the most beautiful pipe organs are those in Roman Catholic Churches and Cathedrals that are over 100 years old using the ancient gothic designs where insulation is minimal, which really allows the pipe organs to really sing and show off the beautiful sounds they have to offer. Nothing beats a pipe organ. Even Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart thought so, and he called the pipe organ, "The King Of Instruments"

20 Bass Guitar

Bass lines are definitely the most underrated part of any piece. Being a cellist classically and a rock bassist I am a bit of an expert. Also, LONG LIVE LEMMY! You will be missed.

The sound is so funky with the deep deepie sound. When I hear the basslines my shoulder can't stop moving

21 Euphonium

I play some brass instruments like trumpet, trombone, and of course the euphonium. All of them has a special sound to them but what the euphonium produces is a pure, beautiful, mellow, melodic sound and tone. This instrument is wonderful for solos and it can blend really well with the rest of the band. I love the euphonium range and the rich tones it creates. The euphonium is truely a special instrument and it deserves to be number 1.

Honestly best instrument ever. I have played the euphonium for 5 years now and I'm starting to learn the piano, I'm 13, it is the most wonderful sound in the world like come on the name legit means beautiful sounding. Please vote for eupho and show it the love it deserves. The violin is definitely not deserving of the top spot although the euphonium is perfect for it. It is deep, mellow, soothing, beautiful and calming but it can also sound sinister, very dark and grand. it harmonises well with a band but is also a gorgeous instrument in a solo. It truly is an epic instrument and it is extremely upsetting that it is overlooked and under rated. The euphonium really is deserving of number 1.

I just switched from trumpet to Euphonium, and I'm glad I did. Don't get me wrong, I love the trumpet, but the euphonium is just something special and dear to me. I love the sound it makes, and it's relaxing to play the instrument.

This is by far the best. Screw the violin this instrument has the most amazing sound when played right. It's just not popular enough. Euphoniums should be used in orchestras constantly.

22 Erhu

Of all the instruments, I'd say the Erhu is the closest instrument to the human voice. Both in sound, and expression. No other instrument can convey as much emotion or beauty.

The Erhu could be comparable to a violin and a cello mixed together. With similar methods of playing and holding. Except, an Erhu gives off a traditional oriental feeling to it that no other instrument can compare to and it has an exceptionally unique sound to it and is used in nearly all of China's oriental and traditional music. The Erhu in the end, truly is a unique instrument to China's musical history.

In my humble opinion, it is the most beautiful sounding instrument ever. Something in my soul resonates with the sound of the Erhu. I know that over-flowerly but I just can't express enough my love for it.

This is like the best instrument of all time it just sounds great!

23 Kazoo

The kazoo shouldn't get as much hate as it does. If the kazoo is so horrible than why did Pink Floyd use it in their album a Saucerful of secrets?

The kazoo is a fun instrument to play. I just can't getting enough of the beautiful sound kazoo makes. Please, vote for it!

It makes me happy!

Listen to the enter sandman kazoo cover by mister Tim and you'll get my drift

24 Ukulele The ukulele is a member of the lute family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings.

It is like the younger brother of the guitar, it is an instrument that anyone can learn how to play without having ever touched an instrument in their
life. It fits in your arms like a key in a lock. Definitely should be higher than 27.

Easy to learn sounds spectacular better than a clarinet better than a flute better than cello better than a violin, ukulele should be on top after harp!

Ukuleles sound so amazing and they are really easy to learn.

I wonder why this is so low.

25 Tuba

We are the most beautiful of all brass instruments. We provide beauty and grace with a sense of longing that is what tuba playing is

Cool instrument for the 17 notes they play in a piece. Wish they'd get more action.

Tubas are fun to play and they balance out the sounds in an band

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