Top Ten Most Beautiful Sounding Musical Instruments


The Top Ten

1 Violin 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.

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

The violin, is beautiful, breathtaking form of music, that just sounds soothing to one's ear. Personally, I love it more than any other.

Violins are very lovely. They can be used for various different feeling, but probably the most common would be: wonder, and sadness. - thelegendaries101

Mi play it

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2 Piano 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.

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.

Finally somebody recognizes the Piano Guys, and the piano is the star of the group to be honest. - EchoX0

Indeed beautiful - I couldn't decide between this, violin and guitar.. - Britgirl

The piano should be above the violin. You have the ability to do so much on it, playing both the harmony and the melody. In general, it is also just a peaceful sounding instrument. - LydiaS001

...Especially Blues, Jazz and Boogie Woogie piano. Mmm-mm! - Britgirl

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3 Harp 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.

Harp is very beautiful and so few play it's a shame

It's the best

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

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.

The cello is the most versatile of the stringed instruments, and it's most similar to the human voice. As a cellist myself, I simply have no words. It's not something you can understand through words, you just have to hear the instrument. Nothing stirs the soul like the cello.

Pieces to listen to for reference included in link below:

Comparing this to a violin... I play cello in an orchestra (it's called that but there's only violins and cellos), and nothing can compare to the deep echoing tones that the cello makes. The violin can sound tinny, even by a professional, but the cello always sounds so haunting and gorgeous when played right. I absolutely love the music a violin makes, but the cello is the most beautiful sounding instrument.


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5 Saxophone 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.

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

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

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

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6 Flute 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.

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.

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.

When I first started playing the flute I thought this was totally not the instrument for me, but boy was I wrong! Evan though the flute is hard, its beautiful sound and melody just keeps you playing it until you are amazing at it, the flute is worth it to play mainly because of its beautiful sound and melody.

I love the beatiful sound even though I play the clarinet.

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7 Guitar

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.

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.

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.

My best friend plays guitar, and u have wanted to play it since I first heard my father write a song with guitar. I think it's the most amazing instrument in the world, and I desperately want to play it.

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8 Clarinet

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.

I play the clarinet and it has the main parts to movies if you listen to them, but if you play it correctly then you get beautiful sounds out of it. Also it can look hard but it easy once you know what you are doing.

I’m a flutist, violinist, clarinetist, pianist, guitarist, and percussionist and I think the clarinet should be higher up than this. Flute is my #1 but clarinet definitely needs to be bumped up

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9 Trumpet 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.

Trumpets sounds gorgeous as a solo instrument or in a band. The pure tone of a trumpet can ring throughout a concert hall like no other instrument

The trumpet can play everything from brassy fanfares to smooth, mellow ballads. Nothing matches the tone quality of a good trumpet player

It has a very piercing but graceful tone and when played correctly it sounds beautiful.

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.

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10 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!

I've never heard another brass instrument that can convey the majesty and warmth of the French horn. It almost puts me in dream land and I find myself having to close my eyes and give it my full attention when its played lyrically.

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.

I played saxophone and I wasnt the biggest fan of it but freshman I heard a french horn player,who is my section, but I heard him play it was like my heart dropped and I fell in love with the sound of the french horn and I switched now I made 3rd chair regoin band and 1st chair district band

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The Contenders

11 Viola

A significant choice, and much very underrated. I don't understand the hate on them. Very rich, fulfilling sound that is mellow and deep, but not to deep. Beautiful high notes, not to high to burst your eardrums like some instruments. (Cough) violin (cough) A pet peeve of mine is when people don't know what a viola is and gets it mixed with a viola. I was so mad at my project on playing my viola in front of a crowd, I got 1st place, but the judges said BEAUTIFUL VIOLIN! ACK. DO YOU NOT KNOW WHAT A VIOLA IS?! I'M ON FULL RAGE IF YOU COULDN'T TELL! AH!


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. - keycha1n

Extremely powerful, beautiful and versatile instrument.

Ahh, yes... The big violin. - Nyoom

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12 Electric Guitar 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. - zxm

Good guitar solos. - Userguy44

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13 Trombone

It's a beautiful instrument that is mellow and can play soft music and loud and alarming music at the same time. Called the Voice of God for a reason

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.

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?

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14 Drum

Just Can't believe the drum is so low. - Neeoo

Best sounding musical instrument

I love the beat it gives out

Drum is a totally addictive sounding musical instrument. it is the best sounding musical instrument. no musical instrument sounds as beautiful as drums. long live drums.

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.

what the?!

16 Blues Harmonica

I'm so in love with the sound this makes (but it depends who is playing and how it's played) Played properly, it gets me high. So incredibly intoxicating; even when played to hard Blues-Rock. But when it's played to slow Blues... I'm gone. It's my drug that I overdose on. - Britgirl

Depends who is playing it. Not all blues harmonica players have that special something that makes me drift like a ship out on the sea. It has to be special. - Britgirl

Portable and easy to learn

17 Oboe Oboe

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.

Oboe is really hard to play well, but when you hear someone that can it sounds BEAUTIFUL! It has an amazing tone that is both melancholy and hopeful at the same time.

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18 Bassoon

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

Berceuse from The firebird. Need I say more?

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 most beutiful instrument has to be the bassoon.

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19 Steel Guitar

The best hands down. Typifies the yearning of the soul.

20 Erhu

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.

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

Ross is glad this is on here. You know the song, sing along! E

Amazing grace people that was amazing played on the bagpipes

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!

22 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"

Organ is the best Cruz
Organs especially used in churches

Powerful instrument. I can listen to JS Bach litle Fugue every day - temich85

Marcel Dupre

23 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. - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

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

24 Euphonium

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.

Literally like everyone over looks this instrument and it's a shame cause its beautiful

This is one of the most underrated instrument, and it has such a soothing sound

It has the smoothest sound

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25 Steel Drum

Beautiful sound! It reminds me of Zen!

26 Ukulele 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.

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!

They make a beautiful sound and are super easy to learn

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

Sound so good

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27 Tuba

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

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

28 Duduk

The most beautiful sounding instrument, period. Meditative, reach and deep sound.

Wistful sounding instrument, that just resonates with your heart!

Check it out. Then you'll understand...

One word: NARNIA

29 Shakuhachi

Absolutely lovely

What is this

30 Marimba

It's one of the most harmonious percussion instruments. - Turkeyasylum

Very soothing I don't know why its number 39 something seems wrong here

31 Balalaika

WHY IS THIS 38th!? Everyone look up balalaika right now on YouTube. By far the best sounding instrument

32 Oud

This one should be the first, but because it's unpopular among westerns it's not up-voted

One of the best things that arabs introduced to the world, amazing instrument that touches the bottom of your feelings and rise with it to a beautiful world of emotions if played well, should be on of the top ones though...

33 Guzheng

"Guzheng" is a traditional Chinese instrument, but is also seen among other Asian cultures. Plucking the strings creates the most beautiful, relaxing sounds, stimulating sitting next to a fish pond in early Spring, listening to the water running, the birds singing, and the wind rustling the greenery. It deeply gives the impression of ancient Chinese times. I personally think playing it makes the person look ever so elegant, beautiful, and poised. I admire anyone talented enough to take on this instrument.

Most people probably don't know what a Guzheng is, but it's very pretty. It sounds very close to a harp but is plucked harder, but is very pretty.

I love the sound of the Guzheng.

34 Ocarina

It's quite beautiful

OcArInA oF tImE iS tHe BeSt ZeLdA gAmE
No it’s breath of the wild - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

35 Panpipes

It sounds so relaxing and beautiful

Most magical sound!

The andine sounds are so mystical, it's absolutely gorgerous

36 Koto

Have you heard it? Beautiful.

37 Kazoo

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

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?

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

I love this..

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38 Double Bass

Beautiful sound which is incredibly deep. The double bass is versatile and adds a unique string sound to any piece. Hopefully will be getting one soon!

The most important instrument in jazz, and the most versatile in an orchestra!

Except that it gives you a hernia just trying to walk it up stairs. - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

Great instrument, also super fun to play. - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

39 Harmonica

These are cool...

40 Sitar Sitar
41 Recorder

I don't understand why there is so much hate tooted this instrument. When played correctly, it has the most beautiful sound of any instrument.

When bad, really bad. When good, a really nice-sounding instrument. - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

Basic, cheap, easy to play. I had a great time learning this beautiful instrument.

Why so much hate?

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42 Accordion Accordion Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox.
43 Autoharp

Beautiful sound, particularly when played using chords.

44 Shamisen
45 Keyboard

I love keyboards. They’re charming!

46 Glass-harmonica
47 Baritone Horn

I believe that the baritone horn doesn’t get enough recognition. The sound it can produce is wonderful! - pprice

48 Ukulele
49 Pipa
50 Zil
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