Greatest Classical Music Pieces

Classical pieces of no longer than 10 minutes composed before 1850.

The Top Ten

1 Ludwig Van Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata

Honestly, this is the best thing I've ever heard! It's a masterpiece. If I don't feel good, I just listen it and it takes all the stress on me, clears my mind, helps me think.. So if you didn't listen it yet, you really miss something big. Listen it right now!

This song is so overrated! Only the third movement is any good, and I would hardly call it the greatest classical piece ever! Beethoven is great, don't get me wrong, I voted for his 9th (which he composed when he was deaf, by the way). All you idiots just need to see this quote from the composer himself on this very piece which, I think, sums it up.

"Surely I've written better things."
-Ludwig Van Beethoven

The ominousness and the sheer beauty and simpleness is just amazing!

This is the best classical piece like Bohemian Rhapsody is the best song. - Alkadikce

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2 Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5

Let's be honest and in simple terms, what's not to love about this epic apotheosis of music?

This is like 1 hour, not 10 minutes - levtomas1998

Dun dun dun dunn - DJvedar1234

What Is moonlight sonata doing at the top!? A piano song doesn’t top some works like Mozart’s requiem or Vivaldi's FOUR SEASONS

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3 J. Pachelbel - Canon In D Major

It leaves such character after listening to it the first time.
It leaves even more after the second time.
No matter how many times you have listened to it, it will continue to inspire you forever.

My favorite classical piece by far. Possibly the most beautiful music ever written in any genre. Whenever I feel sad or angry, I play Canon and it just makes me feel better. I tear up every time I listen to it.

Much better than all the other classical works. Missing Vivaldi's four seasons in the list, would be a good number 2 after Pachelbel.

I absolutely love this song. It just calms me down. - TheHabsFan

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4 Ludwig Van Beethoven - Ode To Joy

This a very great song go to YouTube listen my friend visiting cried... weird.

Finale of the 9th Symphony and European Anthem. - Gaspar

Everyone knows it and should love it. Those who don't... Those who don't... Oh my.

If God took me straight to heaven one day I would hear something like this.

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5 A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

The classical piece by excellence. I'm listening to it right now. - keyson

WINTER is enough for him...

I love this song me favorite is spring and summer

Absolutely beautiful! - Britgirl

6 Edvard Grieg - In the Hall of the Mountain King

This music is suspenseful and just really cool. If you've never heard this piece, you should!

This one puts a smile on your face and gets you all charged up with its amazing intensity!

Really powerful! I love this piece.

To me this is really the best piece of classical mus ic.f rom the soft intro to the powerful choral voca ls.t his piece is perfe ct! a nd those awesome not es.d uh du du duh du du the du du the du du the d... I also like the rainbow version of it. - Toucan

7 J.S. Bach - Toccata and Fugue In D Minor

Is indeed a legendary composition. Listening to the Intro makes me feel as if I am witnessing the BigBang, something huge, massive and spectacular. The transition in the music is as smooth as butter. Needs to be high above in the rank!

Wow. Many people know this better as "The Vampire Song" or Toccata and Fugue in D "Dracula" minor. This song is so intense yet so beautiful.

This music entity proves, that from chaos, order emerges and yet, they are the same.

I cannot believe the first work by Bach is at #7! This Piece is genius.

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8 W. A. Mozart - Eine kleine Nachtmusik K525

only the 1st movement - allegro
of the serenade which lasts 16 minutes - Gaspar

This reminds me my childhood. It's such an amazing piece. - keyson

Enjoy it before falling asleep - Gaspar

Number 8 should be number one.

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9 George F. Handel - Hallelujah Chorus

This song is too good to have been written by a human being - mukumadzivire

10 W. A. Mozart - Requiem

The last piece of music Mozart ever wrote, he put all of his knowledge he gained throughout his years into writing it on his deathbed. It's only when someone is in a situation when they can truly convey real emotions into a piece of music and that's exactly what Wolfgang did in requiem.

It is said that it's his best work, but he didn't finish it. A pupil did. - keyson

This has to be in top 10!
And from the best 5 also

Amazing piece, lacrymosa is the best!

The Newcomers

? Johann Strauss Il - The Blue Danube
? Joseph Haydn - Symphony No.45 "Farewell"

The Contenders

11 Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

Für Elise is AMAZING

It's not that amazing when it is played 30 times daily on a street piano. - Alkadikce

12 Richard Wagner - Here Comes the Bride
13 G. Rossini - William Tell Overture

Incredible at the end of the film "Brassed Off", like a force of nature!

14 Richard Wagner - Die Walküre

Kill the wabbit - Mariomaster63

15 Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

Dope ass song

16 Ludwig Van Beethoven - Bagatelle In A Minor, WoO 59 - "Für Elise": Poco moto

Why is this so low hasn't anybody heard it?

Actually too many people heard it compared to much greater classical pieces. - Alkadikce

Same on piano as Smoke On The Water on guitar. Beginner's favorite, everyone thinks he is cool if he can play either sotw or Für Elise. - Alkadikce

17 F. Chopin - Fantaisie Impromptu Op.66

Every second of it just breathtakingly beautiful

This song is beautiful.


18 Johann Strauss II: an Der Schönen Blauen Donau

Such joy and excitement is shown in this piece- the orchestration if pure magic.

Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers is a very similar style, but for me it's more artistic than Blue Danube. - Alkadikce

Blue Danube is bae!

19 Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, 4th Movement
20 Leszek Jasionowski - Andante from Modern Piano Concerto No. 3

Simple and nice introduction, very well developed body of the concerto, very pleasant, calming but still serious and reflective. Very, very nice to listen.

Pleasure to listen to this piece. So relaxing, but with some serious moments.

Very pleasant, relaxing and romantic.

21 J.S. Bach - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Yay This is kieran's favourite

Bach�s most popular cantata - Gaspar

22 Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

It's the music in 2001: A Space Odyssey. No matter how you hear it, the music is insurmountably epic, and deserves to be in the top five.

23 Albinoni - Adagio in G minor

The greatest piece of classical I have ever listened to. Motivating calming inspiring!

WHAAT? Number 22. Have you ever listened to this? Wo.another shock from this sites terrible voting.

24 W. A. Mozart - Symphony No.40 In G Minor, K.550

I love this song - Orlemley

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and symphony no.40 have to be my favourite pieces by W.A.Mozart. I find symphony no.40 really romantic for some reason and literally feel like an elegant princess when I listen to this even

25 Chopin - Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35
26 Franz Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

If this masterpiece was a created in any of the western or elegant societies, the world would knew it as the best classical music piece ever composed. And so well do we now.

Amazing, Liszt is the greatest composer of all time

27 W. A. Mozart - Piano Concerto in C #21 K467

For it is the most beautiful Piano concerto ever made!

The 2nd movement Andante only. Otherwise it would be longer. - Gaspar

28 Mozart - Turkish March

When I learned how to play it in the piano I felt anything in the world is possible. - keyson

After learning this, I thought I was able to play anything in the world!

Why isn't this on the top ten?

Incredible piano playing!

29 Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor

I would classify it as "pop-classical". It was meant to be popular, not to be a work of art. - Alkadikce

30 Claude Debussy - Clair de Lune

Better than that overplayed "moonlight sonata". This song is the best song about moons ever written.

I don't know how this piece could be so low. Yes Beethovens moonlight sonata and 5th symphony are incredible... But this is, in my opinion better, so beautiful and well rounded and I could listen to it on repeat for the rest of my life.

The only piece of music that can make me cry

good song

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31 Modest Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain
32 Aram Khachaturian - Sabre Dance
33 Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture

One of the most iconic pieces in all the classical repertoire at #50?

It's truly embarrassing how low this song is. This song is the DEFINITION of powerful.

Truly empowering and magnificent. It contains such power within it.

Sweet paired with explosions youll surly have a blast - PrinceOfFire

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34 Jean Sibelius - Swan of Tuonela


35 Christian Petzold - Minuet in G Major
36 J.S. Bach - Air On the G String
37 F. Mendelssohn - Wedding March (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)
38 Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings

Only at 45?

39 P. L. Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite
40 Chopin - Nocturne op.9 No.2
41 Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23
42 W. A. Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A K622
43 Carl Off - Carmina Burana - O Fortuna

Probably the only thing I liked about Excalibur. Really stirring. - truckturner

This is too low. O Fortuna is still used in pop culture to this day.

Lyrics: Salsa cookies, windmill cookies, they gave you diarrhea. Ow, paper cut. Sandpaper aah!

You get the point - Mariomaster63

44 Johann Strauss I: Radetzky Marsch, Op. 228
45 Giacomo Puccini - Turandot, Act 3: Nessun Dorma!

Beautifully integrated into mission impossible 5's soundtrack

46 G. Tartini - Devil's Trill Sonata

How is this not number 1 or at least in the top 5?

47 Gioachino Rossini - Overture to William Tell
48 Paganini/Liszt - Etude no. 3 in G sharp minor "La Campanella"

One of the highlights of the virtuoso repertoire. It is a treat to listen to and heavenly to play.

One of the most exhilarating pieces of music I have heard. The height of virtuoso piano.

Ridiculously god, the best

49 Jean Sibelius - Finlandia
50 Camille Saint Saens - Danse Macabre

This one of my favourite pieces!
Thank you camille saint saens

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Top Remixes (10)

1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, 4th Movement
2. W. A. Mozart - Symphony No.40 In G Minor, K.550
3. J.S. Bach - Toccata and Fugue In D Minor
1. Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9
2. A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
3. Ludwig Van Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata
1. Johann Strauss II: an Der Schönen Blauen Donau
2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, 4th Movement
3. W. A. Mozart - Eine kleine Nachtmusik K525

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