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.

Violins get all the best music written for them.

I think it is a beautiful instrument! it is smooth and clean.

Truly beautiful - TopTenTed

Music played on a violin is EXQUISITE!

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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.

Sounds harmonious and beautiful.

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

I love the piano especially because it helps you memorize tasks, and exercises the brain. It is truly my favorite!

Best instrument ever

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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 beauty!

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

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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.

Makes an amazing sound, if one of the harder instruments to play. Thinking about joining orch? CELLO!

Very beautiful, especially if accompanied by piano or violin. The Swan in the Carnival of the Animals is a great example.

This 100% beats every other one. Always. It's the closest to the human voice which makes it feel personal and familiar.

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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.

Tenor sax just has a relaxing sound. I know this because I play it

Yeeeah the sax bois

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.

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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.

Flute sounds the most AMAZING amongst all the other instruments in an orchestra, I play the flute and definitely not being bias. You can play different genres on the flute and it stills sound beautiful

I believe the flute produces the most beautiful noise out of all the instruments even the birds agree,sometimes I go outside and play the flute to the birds and they start coming close to me and act like they're having conversation with me it's remarkable!

The flute sounds like a singing bird. To me it sounds the most beautiful. It's the instrument I like playing the most.

You can play all sorts of genres on the flute, and they'll all sound at least decent

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7 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.

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.

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 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.

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8 Clarinet

Clarinet is a beautiful sounding instrument with a rich; resonant tone which is utterly incomparable (trust me, I play one).

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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.


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.

I love this instrument

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

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10 French Horn

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.

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 always looked and sounded very majestic and beautiful to me. If you like a challenge, then I encourage you to learn and play this instrument.

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.

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The Contenders

11 Viola

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

Uhhh hello? ,
much better than the high pitched squeaky violin
not too deep, not too high
its sound is very rich and its very underrated,

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

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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.

Good guitar solos. - Userguy44

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

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13 Trombone

It's just beautiful. Plain and simple. There's nothing better don't @ me.

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

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.

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

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14 Drum

I love the beat it gives out

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

Best sounding musical instrument

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 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.

This is the best instrument ever

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.

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

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

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

Would be higher on the list if people knew how beautiful this instrument sounds

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.

Bagpipes are amazing!

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!

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22 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

23 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"

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

Organ is the best Cruz
Organs especially used in churches

Marcel Dupre

24 Euphonium

It has the smoothest sound

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

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.

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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

Sound so good

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

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27 Tuba

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

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

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

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

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

31 Balalaika

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

32 Ocarina

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

It's quite beautiful

33 Oud

Oud is the most beautiful instrument ever invented!

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...

34 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.

35 Panpipes

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

It sounds so relaxing and beautiful

Most magical sound!

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

It makes me happy!

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38 Double Bass

How is it below the kazoo?

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

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!

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39 Sitar Sitar
40 Harmonica

These are cool...

41 Recorder

The most beautiful and lovely sound of all instruments (when played by a advanced recorder player).

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

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.

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

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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 Glass-harmonica
44 Ukulele
45 Vuvuzela

Get a brain.

46 Autoharp

Beautiful sound, particularly when played using chords.

47 Shamisen
48 Keyboard

I love keyboards. They’re charming!

49 Pipa
50 Baritone Horn

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

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