Top Ten Most Beautiful Sounding Musical Instruments

The Top Ten

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.

No comment really needed, violins have the prettiest sound. Period.

The most breathtaking perfect pitch which no other instrument can attain.

Hands down the most beautiful and exquisite sounding instrument of all time.

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

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.

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.

Piano should have came first. I know it can be hard somtimes but it can sound amazing when you play the right notes. Trust me I ave a GRAND PIANO RIGHT IN MY OWN HOME! I have been playing since I was two but I started to play good when I was five. I got my grand piano in January 2020 so I know.

Piano is the most beautiful, big, and expensive instrument. It is easy to learn any song and does not hurt your fingers like a guitar for example. It is good to exercise for your fingers and technics.

One word: Chopin. Listen to some nocturnes and you will discover why the piano is the most beautiful and expressive instrument of them all.

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

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

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

The low notes of the are beautiful and the high notes (if played correctly) sound amazing too. The way any string instrument with a bow plays is beautiful and the lows of a cello are just enchanting. I do like other instruments but I have to give it to the cello, for it's beauty, not just because I play it.

My child is 10 so he is not that good, but at any the concert you can hear the beauty of the cello and the violin Is screeching noise! Cello 1000 percent .

Very deep and rich. Both the high and the low notes sound beautiful in their own way. Instantly drawn in by the sound.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Very nice vibrato, really relaxing. Can play slow and quick tempos and pieces, which is a good quality because flute playing can match the player's mood to an extent. The sound is light and graceful.

I myself play the flute and I love it very much, I find it to be a very beautiful instrument, not only in it's sound but in it's physical features as well.

I have been playing the Flute since the 4th Grade, it is a very beautiful instrument, and I play it well, but I want to try something else, and I don't know if it would be easier to learn the Oboe, or the Violin or the Clarinet, I am now retired and have the time to learn any instrument any suggestions?

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.


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.

Clarinets are one of the most melodic musical instruments I know of, especially played with a little vibrato..

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.


Very beautiful sounding, and it makes great additions to lofi. :)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

French Horn

Sounds sort of different from the rest of the brasses. It is like the chameleon of the orchestra; it camouflages itself very well with the other sections, especially the woodwind section. Best sounding brass instrument

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!

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!

Not any brass player can pick it up but it is by far the best sounding. It gets so many solos yes trumpets get more but its easier to write there solos

The Contenders


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

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.

The viola can soar and dive and it can sing. It produces a rich, mellow sound and it can cry out!

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!



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

The trombone is one of the best instruments.Even though I have played it 6 months,the I can play beautyfull music on it.If people listened more to trombone solos instead of trumpet solos the trombone would be in 8th.

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.

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.


Just Can't believe the drum is so low.

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.


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?!

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.

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.

Portable and easy to learn

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've been playing oboe for a long time now and it has the most beautiful sound. Low and high. Oboes blend the band sound together.

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.


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 :/ )

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.

Berceuse from The firebird. Need I say more?

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.


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"

Come On! This Instrument Can Play The Impossible!

Organ is the best Cruz
Organs especially used in churches

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

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

Bagpipes are amazing!

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!


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.


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.

WHY IS VIOLIN ON TOP OF THIS?! I played violin for a very long time, even complimented for how good I was, and I hated it. The violin can not produce the sound this pure and delicate beauty can, with it's rich and mellow tone. Euphonium is truly the best.

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.

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

Steel Drum

Beautiful sound! It reminds me of Zen!

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