Top Ten Classical Pieces to Listen to FirstComposers like Karl von Weber or Rachmaninoff probably do not fit your taste if you have not been into classical music yet. Not surprisingly, the classical pieces most accessible for large audiences are usually the most famous.
This list reflects which classical pieces should one listen to who is used to pop music, classic rock or basically any genre but classical and metal (there is another list Heaviest Classical Pieces for that purpose).
Also note that this list is about which classical pieces to listen, not to play first.
The Top Ten
This piece is so catchy that it can hardly be considered classical music despite the instruments. Maybe it could even be played on a non-classical radio station. - Alkadikce
Great ideas. I would suggest more waltzes because they are accessible:
Voices Of Spring Waltz - Johann Strauss II
Waltz of the Flowers - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314 - Johann Strauss II
Sleeping Beauty Waltz - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz 2 - Dmitri Shostakovich
Vienna Blood Waltz - Johann Strauss II
Roses from the South Waltz - Johann Strauss II
Waves of the Danube - Iosif Ivanovici - Metal_Treasure
Appears in some movies - Alkadikce
Possibly the best introduction to 20th century classical music.
Note: I am curious if someone can tell me what is on this picture, and why is it connected to this piece. - Alkadikce
Not a very well known piece but I like it better than Hall of the Mountain King and Morning Mood, because those two are very repetitive - Alkadikce
No surprise it gets the most time on the radio out of all operas (as I experience) - Alkadikce
Very good idea this one - Metal_Treasure
Maybe Schubert's symphonies are more likeable for a person who was never into classical, but this has more emotion - Alkadikce
Especially Trepak, March and Flower Waltz. - Alkadikce
Turkish March - Metal_Treasure
I think this piano piece would make a great ringtone - Alkadikce
Of course Canon in D would be the obvious pick but imagine playing this piece at Christmas night on full volume! - Alkadikce