Best Musical Instruments


The Top Ten

1 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.

Defiantly guitars, I mean let's try to make this realistic, who really plays the bagpipes?

Wow I just laughed really hard, you are hilarious.. I know this comment has no point but just had to put that out there!

The most flexible instrument in the world. Whilst other instruments such as bagpipes and violin are beautiful in their own right, electric guitar can master sounds like rock, jazz, blues, classical sounds etc... Although I do like bagpipes... I respectfully crank my guitar and max distort in your face

No question, ugh and the picture is a schecter! Guitar is a wonderful instrument, very expressive once you know how to think a tune and know exactly how to play it as well as having the technical skills to play pretty much anything. My mom plays piano and I love the piano as well, sax and drums are also really interesting but this is hands down my favorite.

The electric guitar can do so much. From Jazz to Heavy metal, clean sound to super distorted. You can create your own sound and style. You
Can play really simple, fun riffs or technical solos. It's mind-boggling how many different ways there are to play. You can bend, tap, use the whammy bar (if you have one), scratch etc. And don't even get get me started on different effect pedals and tunings. Basically, the electric guitar is the best instrument ever.

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.

It sounds beautiful! It's wonderful!

I play piano, and it's very fun, simple, and, once you've been playing it for a few years, people think you're awesome.

This is the one that sounds beautiful and awesome! The songs sound so nice! The piano is the instrument that gives everyone the happiness and joy EVERYDAY!

The piano is DEFINITELY one of the best instruments ever created (if not the best).

For one, the piano is very easy to learn - arguably one of the easiest if not the easiest. Pretty much anyone can pick this melodious instrument up at any age regardless of proper instruction from a piano teacher. Not much complex technique is required to begin playing; just sit down and press the keys to put it in layman's terms.

Intonation is not an issue for pianists. While the string players have to worry about placing their fingers on the strings at the right spot to achieve the right note and the brass players must configure their mouths correctly to achieve the desired pitch and sound, all pianists must do is press down the correct key and the (in tune) piano plays that note in perfect pitch (never mind the inaccuracy of Equal Tempered tuning). I have been a pianist myself for 9 years now, and never ONCE have I had an issue with my intonation being poor ;).

The piano has ...more

3 Drums

Drums gives a rhythm to every piece of music. The beat is very powerful, and the it makes every song sounds even better.

John Deacon is the most underrated person in the industry. He simultaneously created some of the greatest songs of all time while being the most underrated player of all time. How does that happen? The only person that even compares to that level of unfairness is George Harrison.

Ah wait this is the Drum section. Roger Taylor falsetto, Ringo great dummer

The no doubt coolest instrument.

Drums give rhythm and sound to every song - IceCream

4 Bass Guitar

Bass guitar is probably the most underrated and underrespected instruments out there. And it's also one of the best sounding! Electric guitarists get all the fame because they make it look easy but the fact is it IS easy (compared to bass or acoustic). Bass players on the other hand, deserve far more respect than they get. If you disagree that bassists get disrespected just go to The Uncyclopedia and look up bass guitar.

Poor John Deacon is so underrated and really, all of them are, but he is my favorite. If I had to play an instrument, this would be it. But I already play drums. (I am not that good. ) But anyway, I REALLY love the sound, it sounds so cool... Listen to "Invisible Man" by Queen, and it sounds AWESOME. Also, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". BASS FOREVER

Far more important than electric guitar. A band can survive with just bass and drums, guitars, keyboards or even saxophones are merely the decoration on the musical cake that is the rhythm section. - Christian.H.Mills

I personally find bass guitars such a versatile instrument. From plucking to slapping, you name it!

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 different. Sure, you meet many people who can get beautiful tones on the clarinet or flute, play the drums or bagpipes, but the saxophone speaks for itself. The electric guitar might be able to do a lot, and classical instruments like the violin, viola or cello, but the sax (alto, in particular) is so satisfying, relaxing and lovely. It's not about difficulty at all, for example, do you ever feel hesitant about getting out your instrument and playing it? The sax isn't like that. Never. It's obviously not hard to see how it can capture so many people's hearts. I used to play classical, and felt that as much as I liked it, I wanted to try jazz. And I did. And it made me realise that whilst I had been complaining about the task of practising, I had been missing out on so much that is so useful, and brings joy to people. So to all you saxophone players out there like me - keep on playing and don't give up. The saxophone has a world of its own, of jazz, waiting to be ...more

Simply, it is the most sophisticated instrument. It's timeless and most important it is the wordless expression of human being. I dare to call the saxophone the best instrument ever created because when it is played there is no instrument on earth that can overshadowed it, also many of the greatest songs have the sax as a main instrument on them.

The saxophone is jazzy, can be loud, soft, and can sound like a brass or woodwind instrument. It is the instrument that balances out brass and woodwind. This is why I like it so much.

I just started playing, but I know that it will be worth it. I believe that the saxophone is the most complicated but definitely worth it. BEST INSTRUMENT EVER!

6 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.

Everything from the look of a Violin to the sound that the instruments makes bumps it to my most liked Instrument I have ever played. Prior instruments are Trombone, Trumpet, Guitar, Baritone, Percussion Drums, Bass Drums, and Saxophone.

Good luck and I play violin and it is so so fun I love it but I reckon violin could of made it to the top 3 but I don't get why the bag pipes are number 1 no body I know really has a bagpipe or even play the bagpipes! But I see their point

Violin is good accompaniment in heavy music, melodic metal, even hiphop. Dracula's favorite instrument.

Soulful music from your heart to the world!
Natural high pitch instrument which can kindle the emotions
of a living being in this world!

7 Acoustic Guitar Acoustic Guitar An acoustic guitar is a guitar that produces sound acoustically - by transmitting the vibration of the strings to the air - as opposed to relying on electronic amplification.

Love the sound of the ACOUSTIC GUITAR...!

Absolutely. It's harder than bass and electric, so it produces a clearer sound. I play instruments from all the categories and guitar is easily the best.

I like the acoustic too, but the sound on some songs with the electric guitar (second solo in Comfortably Numb in mind) just sound so awesome, it is hard to describe the feeling hearing solos like that. - Stalin

All Guitars to me are some of the worlds best instruments

I love the acoustic guitar

8 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.

Think. What would do in almost any type of band without the trumpets? You wouldn't be a real band. Trumpets are the heart of most bands and those who practice it can do basically anything in music - EchoX0


Trumpet is the best. Even though it is harder to play it can produce great sounds! - BloodFang

Trumpet is the bomb in any latin band. It's also important in any big/show/stage band. It can also can also rock a seedy jazz bar. Honestly it's like singing just better. =D

9 Keyboards

Keyboards are practically the same as pianos and they are more fun because you can try out different sounds, if you can play the key board you can play anything!

It's a retro version of the piano with a lot of different settings!

They make most of the other best interments in one. I love it more than even a guitar. I recommend you try a keyboard because I love it hope you will to

I love to play keyboards as I used it to play since I was 5 years old

10 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 definitely deserves to be on this list because it is the hardest of the woodwind instruments to master. 60% of a flute players air doesn't even make it into the instrument. If you have ever made a noise by blowing across a beer bottle... It is way harder. I play this instrument in a symphony setting and get paid more than most of the other instrumentalists.

I play the flute in my sixth grade band its not even hard to play you just have to memorize the fingerings and you need to have good fast air in order to play like a professional flutist.

When played properly it is able to convey so much. Low notes are full and beautiful, like a river. High notes are clear and crystalline. It's able to be pretty, jazzy, slow and soulful, quick and impressive. It moulds so well with andcan be very complimentary towards other instruments (and with vocals), but also due to its impressive higher register it can stand out from other instruments :) (maybe I'm biased because I play the flute lol)

I would put the flute over any woodwind instruments. It is definitely the hardest woodwind instrument to play. It doesn't have a reed which makes it harder to play because it requires more air, not to mention the fingerings. But once you've mastered the flute, it is an amazing instrument to play.


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It's a great instrument we have them in my music class. It's like an agogo Bell but a little different - Filson

The Contenders

11 Clarinet

The clarinet is the best instrument ever. It is right in the middle of the flute and saxophone yet is small and lightweight. It has the largest range of notes music styles and dynamics of any woodwind instrument. It is also the most important instrument to any concert band's sound. The clarinet has the largest range of different members of its family. The clarinet can be used in marching bands, symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz bands, big bands, latin jazz, rock n roll, pop, commercial music, country, samba, or salsa music. The clarinet Iis one of the most expressivec and flexible instruments ever created, having a tone and range closest to the human voice. It can sound expressive as a solo instrument or as a section. CLARINETS ARE AMAZING.

I've been playing clarinet for four and a half years after switching from brass (trumpet and baritone), and from my experience in my school band (for my school it starts at grade 7 and ends at grade 12), the clarinet does not sound good at all when the grade 7 and 8 students play because they are still learning technique and the squeaking is awful. However, usually around grade 9, the clarinets sounds amazing, and out of all the instruments I've played, the clarinet has always been my favourite, and I'll forever be addicted to Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Sid Phillips for as long as I live because of my love for the clarinet!

The clarinet is the pathway to learning basically any woodwind instrument. When you learn the clarinet, that makes it easy to learn any saxophone, flute, any other kind of clarinet, etc. With the clarinet there is no limit as to how high your range goes - you can define your range by how far you are willing to go, which is a unique and great quality. The clarinet sounds beautiful and has a full, dark, and rich tone. You can also play a variety of different styles of music on the clarinet. Although the clarinet embrouchure is perhaps the hardest to develop correctly, the instrument is otherwise not terrible to learn. I fell in love with the clarinet, have you?

Clarinet is for Male Musicians Instrument, more than 50 notes to play and a lot of different combinations and almost limitless styles of breathing life through the mouth piece. Slower or Faster, Intervals far apart or just continuations less often with a rest. There is also trills, sharps, flats and natural notes plus stratagems. Can also jam out the gut feeling or mood are in at the time and the sound ends out normal anyways. A Beautiful Way to Jump in a Musical Mode of Expression and at the end more than not is real Satisfied of a Feeling Remaining With. Good invention, and one of many variations and models of the Clarinet are still to be aught about. The future is always bright with clarinet, hope the wild does not feel poor of such a beautiful musical instrument creating the time to feel real good about music and what the soul or heart might desire as well. - iliescu

12 Guitar

It's here already - AdamDestructorJr.

I love all guitars so I couldn't jut chose electric or acoustic, they are fun to play and are used is so many genres. I love the guitar

I respect all instruments and musicians because it takes skill to play any instrument but with guitars you can play so many different types of music and they have had a huge influence in modern music.

(Yes I know ELP is my favorite band, and they didn't have guitar. )

13 Voice

That's not an instrument ya dingus


Vocals are the easiest instrument to play. To start, just sing!

I am a big singer and have been singing for about ten years. It can be loud, soft, and can copy any sound. It is one of the hardest of all instruments because you can tune a violin or a cello but it is hard to tune a voice. Once you get the hang of it, you can add your own special touches to any song.

14 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.

Ukulele are the best!

It sounds happy, which I think other instruments offtenly lack, it's high pitched so it lightens up the song

The ukulele is awesome instrument to learn and is really fun to play along to songs and sing with as well. It makes an amazing sound and easily cheers up anyone on a very bad day! It is easy too learn too, and is very good if you want to learn the guitar and definitely easier to learn if you already know how to play the guitar. UKULELE = TOTAL OWNAGE

The ukulele is such a versatile instrument. Hands down the best instrument to play on chill and relaxing days. It relieves one's stress with just a couple chords. While you can't get the raw power of an electric guitar, you get more of melodic, comforting sound. Definitely belongs in the top three, not rank 15 (how did the bag pipes get a better score haha)

15 Synthesizer

This isn't even an instrument, and it shouldn't exist. People who are to lazy to learn a real instrument just use these because they're the only things they can make a sound with. This instrument is a disgrace to music. Pop artists should learn something that requires talent to play instead of requiring only the knowledge of how to press buttons. Also, it's the dumbest sounding "instrument" I ever heard. There's a reason there's barely ever an synthesized instrumental section in music using a synthesizer. The electric guitar, piano, trumpet, drums, saxophone and even the kazoo sound much better than synthesized music. Real instruments are better, always were better and will always be better than this. This instrument makes fake music that breaks peoples eardrums. Don't tell me it's not fake music, because I think that pressing a button that makes noise isn't music. Synthesized music is music as much as rapping is singing (don't tell me that rapping is singing, because we all know that ...more - MrSnuffleupagus

The synth is the future of music. It represents the untapped potential of the imagination. A good analogue synth is not used as an emulation of other instruments, but rather as a means to creat never before heard sounds. It can be used as the lead, backup, and vocals of a song. At the same time. A true symbol of human ingenuity.

Not a big fan of synthesizers, especially when they're used as the lead instrument. They were originally used to harmonize with the lead instruments to produce nice harmonies and add something extra to make the music sound more complete. Then around the 80s, bands decided "Hey, let's take this background instrument and make it a lead instrument while taking the old lead instruments and either pushing them to the back or getting rid of them altogether." Synthesizers killed music by replacing musical instruments with machines made to emulate music. - Aweso

Synthesizer should be #1 on this list because they can make literally ANY SOUND. Guitar? You got it. Piano? Yep. Violin? Absolutely. You name the instrument, a synth can emulate it.

Yep, it can emulate it and turn it into a complete joke. Not that it can't be used right, but more often than not it isn't and even when used right trying to actually compare it to the instrument it's being used to mimic is laughable. - dubsinthetubs

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

Incredible tone, and extremely versatile. More dynamic, expressive, and entrancing than most of the instruments ranked higher in this list. The only reason this isn't ranked higher, is the lack of idiot rails (frets), and therefore it needs a proper musician to operate it.

An amazing instrument.

The cello is an amazing instrument, that has the perfect tone. It has a sound that no band instrument can compete with. A cello can accompany virtually any instrument, while it can also play beautiful solos. This instrument, is the best instrument ever invented.


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

I love bagpipes they are so nice and so under credited! I also love the harp, violin and viola but bagpipes are literally my favourite instrument that describes me a bit

I've played several instruments but the bagpipes, by far, take #1 (and deserves a much better picture on this site). No other musical instrument has the history going back thousands of years because, evokes more emotion from its listeners, takes such a dedication to practice and tuning to play well with its complicated anatomy which is sensitive to so many environmental factors, has such a unique, intense and beautiful sound, is mentioned several times in the Bible, was played solo on the front lines at war time and the Spartans used several in band form in battle, still widely played today with competitions throughout the world for both young and old and players are increasing, etc.. I played jazz trumpet through college, greatly admire the influence and diversity of guitar and piano, and highly respect all instruments. However, no other has these many unique qualities, history and overall impact on society while still being played by young and old. Bagpipes #1.

Should be number 1

I quit playing guitar because it's boring and every pimple faced high school freshman plays "in a band" I took on bagpipe and it is the most wonderful instrument ever! It takes heart, dedication, practice, patience, persistence, maturity, and more. To the fellow who commented "who really plays bagpipes? " Thousands of talented people play world wide, there is even competitions and different grades of players. Bagpipes are an ancient instrument that have seen its share of war and peace time, competition and just playing for self fulfillment and enjoyment. I find it a bit disheartening to see the celestial bagpipe ranked below the cereal box instrument know as the ukulele.

18 Organ

Most of the people would say the best 3 musical instruments is the Piano, Violin & Guitar. But for me I disagree for this. Because I feel this is unfairly. Due to our world had many types genre of music such as classical, jazz, rock & pop. In here I would using Classical & Jazz(include popular music) to describe which is the best 3 musical instruments in classical & jazz. Due to some of musical instruments are good in Jazz some are good in classical way. In classical music the top 3 musical instruments is the pipe organ, violin & classical guitar. And the Jazz music would be the Piano, Soprano Saxophone & Archtop Guitar(Jazz Guitar).

By far the Pipe Organ is really the best musical instrument in the classical music. I have listen both musical instruments(Organ & Piano) performs in classical music I found out the Organ richer & glorify sound that the Piano is can't be conquer. So I think the Piano is more suitable for modern music not for classical.

By far the organ. You can get every sound you can think of out of a pipe organ, and it has the power to make you laugh, jump for joy, cry, warm your heart, and make you want to dance. In a band you need multiple instruments, same with an orchestra, but an organ can be alone to play the most majestic music a person can hear. The pipe organ by far.

It's the COOLEST

Why? The biggest and most powerful instrument there is. It sounds like Heaven if it is played right, and you only need to be 1 person to make three lines of music. Awesome Indeed. I cannot play it though.

19 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.

I was at a wedding once and at the reception an attractive thirtysomething woman was playing the harp. I was very drunk and stood about five yards away from her, mesmerized, The next thing I remember, I was wrestling my second cousin on the lawn. He had heard I slandered him and was giving me what for. The woman harp player got up and broke up the fight. I love the harp.

Ahh the most beautiful instrument to look at and listen to! My heart aches now

Angelic and beautiful... harp should definitely be higher on the list!

Where on earth is the harp on this list? To me the most beautiful sounding instrument. Wont do for every situation but for the right song nothing does the job more beautifully.

20 Trombone

Nobody ever gives the trombone any credit but it is without a doubt the best instrument. It has a sound like no other as it is the closest sound to the human voice except at least I think better than any vocalist out there. The trombone is just as versatile as any instrument on this list and also makes sound no other brass instrument can recreate because of the slide. I can make my trombone sound like a trumpet, I can make it sound like a tuba, I can make it sound like a French horn, but god damn nothing can sound like a trombone.

I play they trombone and is really cool

Trombone is superior

Trombone good. Everything else bad.

21 Viola

Alto clef gang

Harold in Italy!

The best instrument ever! It doesn't get enough credit.


22 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.

Outside of the us the entire world uses this instrument. The accordion can also be used as a one man band, who doesn't like it?

The world music instrument, par excellence, central to dance traditions everywhere. The accordion can be played very, very simply or with incredible sophistication. The United States, with a few local exceptions, may be the only country in the world that doesn't take the accordion seriously. That is changing but, in the meantime, the accordion is still exotic enough in most settings to be cool!

Probably the most misunderstood instrument out there, when really it has more potential than many think. It isn't just for Serbian folk music. So please people, understand that the accordion is just like any other instrument and stop hating it.

You can have a Melody, then a bass line accompaniment. Then you can accompany your self at the same time! What's not to like?!

23 Xylophone

You know why no one takes the xylophone seriously? It's because the only types that are ever seen are baby toys. It is so much more than how it often appears to us. Also, it's great to make and makes a fun project!

I love xylophones! They sound like skeletons!

I have a xylophone

Those sound pretty and are easy to play.

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24 French Horn

The French horn is the best because of many reasons... It is the connector between woodwind and brass, it looks cool, it's the longest, it has the best tone, etc. Also, for all you woodwind players that think that nobody uses the horn, look up John Williams. If you don't know who that is, get a life

This is the best intrument in a band. No doubt.

The French horn is THE BEST instrument ever! It has a rich, mellow sound, and a golden tone that brightens the sound of the band. It is not rich and dark like other bass instruments; rather, it has a rich, bright sound that blends with bands and, if played well, does nice solos. Sure, other instruments can switch notes quicker, and the woodwinds sound really exotic, but the Horn has an unreal, inverted tone that sounds magical. No wonder it plays the theme of Harry Potter! Its tone is rich, yet very clear, especially in the higher register. It has a unique, rich sound, with a delicate feel, making it good for harmonies. It blends well with woodwinds and brass alike, making it quite compatible. Baritone and Sax can mimic its sound a bit, but will never match the Horn's pure, friendly tone. The French Horn is by far the best instrument.

... Played the melody in almost all John williams' pieces, like harry potter, jurassic park and pirated of the Caribbean,
shut up other insrtunmetns

25 Harmonica

I had a harmonica years ago. I used to keep it in my front right pocket. One day, while I was walking down a dark alley, a thug jumped me and wrestled me to the ground. He went for my wallet, and I took out my harmonica and hit him in the side of the head with it. He got up, staggered, and ran off. Thank God for the harmonica.

Not the hardest to play, but has an amazing sound. - Stalin

It's great for the blues! If you're looking to play some great but sad song then the harmonica is all yours

This instrument is handy. You can play anywhere, and anytime.

26 Ocarina

A beautiful instrument that is popular enough that everyone knows what it is (Because of Legend of Zelda) but rare enough that barely anyone can play it well, increasing the joy in playing this instrument. In addition, because of its unique shape, it is the only instrument (other than the glass harp) that produces a pure tone. This means that the sound of this instrument is free of overtones, and even if overtones are present, they are far higher and quieter than the fundamental, giving it a unique, and by definition, pure, sound. Because of all of this it is a truly magical experience to play this beautiful and mysterious instrument.

It was in Zelda so it rocks

One of the first instruments ever constructed, capable of quenching nations, ruining weddings, and angering windmill workers. Definitely the best instrument of all time.

I voted for this because Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the greatest games of all time. I also like A Link To The Past, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword!

27 Tuba

The tuba affords the big fat male nerd an opportunity to be part of something special in high school. Without the tuba, many big fat male nerds would be at a loss for extracurricular activities.


Best instrament by far

The Tuba is just as capable as any other brass instrument, even if it is large, heavy, or cumbersome. This being said, I believe it has a beautiful unique sound that resonates with everyone's hearts; literally, as it can mean the world's difference in a concert hall, as to whether or not the bass line is ever heard above much louder instruments. Tubas are not easy to play, for it takes skill, as all instruments do, to be able to produce several octaves' worth of notes with three or more buttons and the human soul.

28 Steel Drums

They are the best drums

It's not just boom you most likely just hit it with a gun and said "hoo col that sounds like that gun I smashed it with" played well and it sounds like a tropic heaven in the ocean of the stars and space with godly notes flying though the Milky Way.

Boom! " I love that sound

29 Recorder

Best instrument

For travel, A Plastic Soprano Recorder Is at Least As Good A Choice As A Harmonica. Better Dynamic Flexibility And Cheaper To Replace.

Awesome its like a flute but lighter and cheaper

It can do more than people expect

30 Electric Violin


The power of the Electric Guitar and the Violin put into one, twice the Awesomeness!

I love my electric violin. It produces such deep sounds that a normal violin can not. It looks awesome and it is. Go Electric Violin!

Seriously, ever heard bryson Andres play.
There is a vio, in in every genre of music ever, you hear violin everyday, you don't notice it, but it is the worlds most popular instrument.

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32 Bass (Stand Up)

In my opinion, the upright bass is the most fun, most classy, most challenging, and best sounding instrument of all time. The lack of frets creates a a rich, deep sound that cannot be matched by any other instrument, and it can be used in any genre of music. One can replace a bass guitar for an upright bass with a pickup in a rock or heavy setting, but it is much harder for an electric bass to fit in to a classical or jazz setting.

A very awesome sounding instrument! Not to mention it has different ways of being played! Plucked, Bowed, or Slapped, it is definitely one of the most underrated but amazing instruments ever made!

The Stand up bass can be and where from dark and powerful to soft and beautiful. When you play you can't help to be content. People always forget about it because tradition places it in a beat keeper role.

Sounds deep and rich, gives you satisfaction when you play. I like cavantina on double bass.

33 Timpani

Boom! It is like a giant nuclear explosion. It is also hard to learn how to do the notes

34 Sitar

It should certainly top the list. the music emanating from sitar is divine and holy and surely everybody will agree with me once they have listened to sitar being played

It's a different version of our guitar! It's cool

Why isn't sitar topping the list? People should listen to sitar first.


35 Double Bass

There are so many things to like about double bass, and it is without question my favorite instrument to study and play. It's so different from violin, viola and cello despite looking similar; it requires much more shifting due to its size, it is tuned in fourths rather than fifths (probably for easier shifting), and gets exclusive access to a special overhand "German" style bow. The double bass is so unique in fact that it is actually related less to the violin family and more to the viola the gamba family which died off in the baroque era. For those concerned that bass may be "too simple" for them, I would encourage them to study bass thumb position (the register above the shoulders to the bridge uses the thumb) and listen to some of the master solo works from the likes of Giovanni Botessini and Sergei Koussevitzky, works that take advantage of the instrument's entire register.I know as a double bass student, I have my work cut out for me for the rest of my life, and I wouldn't want ...more

There is something wrong with the fact that my favorite instrument of all time is number 33. I've played every other string instrument plus guitar and ukulele and none other has taken me like this bass has. Of course, I owe a special thanks to amazing Hunter Allen. He made my bass career full out.

I have played the double bass for six years in a Orchestra and it is beautiful. Most of the time it under appreciated since we almost never get solos, but nothing beets the unique deep sound (or the arm work out).

The bass is my life, period. I would not be the person I am without. So, vote for what you want but, keep this in mind. The bass has changed a life.

36 Balalaika

Used frequently during Doctor Zhivago.

The Balalaika is the best instrument ever in my opinion! So many emotions can be expressed through just three strings. It seems to have been given a bad name because it is a Russian instrument. It is not seen enough in music other than Russian folk and classical. Unfortunately, it is an unappreciated instrument.

37 Bass Clarinet

Having tried the clarinet and bass clarinet, I can say that the bass clarinet is harder to get familiar with, especially the high notes. However, once mastered, it allows the player to fulfill almost any role in an ensemble, and keep a melodious tone the whole time. The lower notes are sonorous and riveting, and the higher notes can have the voice-like tone of a clarinet or the flair of a clarinet used in klesmer. Also, I think the piano and cello should be even higher on this list.

The Bass Clarinet is physically a beautiful instrument. But nothing is as good as playing a rich mellow low note the shakes your mouth in a very funny way. The Bass Clarinet can also play high notes beautifully. Once mastered the bass clarjnet can play good repertoires, orchestral excerpts, Etudes, and any other types lf songs. Once you master it it becomes aa awesome instrument

I think it should be in the top five along with the bass clarinet

I play the bass clarinet and its great!

38 Triangle

There was a retarded kid in our high school band who was given a triangle so that he could feel like he was participating in something special. Every so often the patronizing conductor would point at him, and that was his cue to strike the thing. He used to smile every time he struck the thing, The happiness that goofy little kid experienced was something that truly touched me.

I love the triangle... One of the few instruments I can play other than the piano. It's really funny when you hear someone play it really good even though it's like a really easy instrument.

Damn this is the hardest instrument ever to play. It challenges your brain and takes a tremendous amount of skillz. I mean these guys are other than football players and are in better shape then Weight Lifters! GO TRIANGLES! - God_Potato

One of the divine instrument. critical to play but good at color variations and useful in the church.

39 Classical Guitar

Without a doubt. - Solariser

Isn't this just acoustic

I can never get enough of the sound of classical guitar. It's so romantic and calming. I love it!

Great Instrument it sounds great but the electric is better

40 Electric Upright Bass

It's simple and silly

Best instrument

41 Banjo

I play it even though I get bullied because I play so much instruments. But Bluegrass is a true good one! I should say if the banjo was an orchestra stringed instrument, the banjo would be the cello.

"I love the banjo because it's aussie and I think its reminds me of power and determination I've been learning the banjo since I was 3 years old I love and it was the only thing I played with".

"Ever since I started I've always dreamed of being a banjo superstar in a wonderful instrument and it also makes me think of my family of Australia"

Banjos have some of the most potential an instrument can possess only second to guitar. They originated in the appalachian mountains and are incredible. Sadly, they have gone down in popularity due to a negative stigma against appalachians. Nowadays only old folks can play them (well). It is making a comeback due to Mumford and sons but locals still haven't embraced it again. Please come back banjo.

The banjo is an amazing instrument!

42 Tambourine

A band without a tambourine is like Christmas without presents. Women look extremely sexy playing them, and the sound they make is heavenly. I think that the tambourine is a blessing from some higher power, placed on Earth so that we mortals can experience joy, and celebrate life,

Great sound. It has a ringing sensation

43 Mandolin

The Mandolin is very cool. If you like the violin, the guitar, the bass and the lute, then you will 100% like the mandolin. It is lightweight, fun, and just listening to it will give you goosebumps of being in the middle ages fighting in a huge war between good and evil. What more could you ask for, I mean Triangle? Seriously?

Very fun to play and relatively easy to learn, plus you can get a sweet beginner's instrument for a song. From old timey tunes to Bach, this instrument is great for either solo or backup. Plus there are actually mandolin orchestras out there. Seriously! The group I played in performs the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah every year at Christmastime. And talk about portable! I used to practice mine every day during the commute to/from work. On the ferry. One time a guitarist sat across from me and we jammed the entire way home. Need I say more?

"because there's something so feminine about a mandolin, the way they feel, the way that they ring, just to see slender fingers moving so quickly, made this boy want to sing"---Jimmy Buffett

Great instrument with unique sound. Adds flavor to songs.

44 Cornet

I have a best friend who plays a cornet and she loves it. It does not require much effort but it makes a wonderful loud sound.

Basically a trumpet and ultra hard to learn, sounds like a foghorn at times!

Best instrument in the world

10,000,000,000 times better than a trumpet

45 Bongo Drums

I love the sound they make.

I have only ever met 1 person in my life who plays bongo drums and is actually good at it. I think this instrument is hard because I couldn't keep a beat to save me life

Easy to play it is a instrument if you cannot get a hang of the drums you play the bongo's all you have to to is hit it with your nuckels and palm and job dune

Easy to leard but sure hard to master.

46 Erhu

I play Erhu and violin, why this far down I don't know. Erhu is hands down the best instrument, however not many people play it.

Damn this is far down the list. I was beginning to think I was going to have to add it myself.

Great instrument. Soft and mournful tone, beautiful.

It's beautiful! And it can mimick the sounds of lots of animals.

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47 Dulcimer

I like all dulcimers they make a beautiful sound and can play old and new songs. YOU can play them in a band or alone. Their cool and are tough too so you will get a challenge and its original too so people will think its cool that you play these things

48 Bells

Ring is the sound of these

49 Piccolo Piccolo

Piccolo is my favorite character in dragon ball z

Hard to play a lot harder then the flute the reason is that the keys are smaller then the flutes and it makes it hard to play

50 Euphonium

It has one of the best sound and euphonium actually means beautiful sound.

The Euphonium is the Unsung Voice of God. It has the most beautiful and intoxicating sounds of any instrument you can ever imagine. It has a large range of 5 octaves or more, it can strengthen and accompany pretty much any woodwind instrument, and of course play with the brass. Piston valves make the instrument play in such viruostic feel, and passages give the sound of the instrument an operatic like sound with Italian singing vibrato, but tragically, it never made much of its way to Jazz, Rock and Roll, and EVEN a symphony orchestra, since very few people know what it is. This instrument definitely should be on the TOP OF THE LIST and nobody would ever forget it. To find out why look up this instrument on YouTube, and you'll understand what I'm saying.

The Euphonium is a seriously underrated instrument that is capable of producing the MOST beautiful and intoxicating melodies. It name is Latin for beautiful sound and it's characteristic rich, warm, dark tone is a valuable contribution to any ensemble. It has an extensive range and has been said to be the closest brass instrument to the human voice. If everyone took the time to look up " Euphonium" on YouTube then it would be at the TOP OF THE LIST!

Very underrated, which is a shame for this beautiful brass instrument. It has the range to play with the tubas, or keep up with trumpets. It is a massive shae that nobody knows about it.

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