Greatest Classical Music Pieces

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

The Top Ten

1 Ludwig Van Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata

Amazing, first heard it in Resident Evil

A brilliant, heartfelt piece by Beethoven for his lost love

Feels good listening to the creation of Moonlighht Sonata from Immortal Beloved. Am I right guys?

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!

2 Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5

This is one of the most well known songs of all time.I highly recommend listening to this song as it shows passion. This is an example of music at its finest

Just love it

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

Dun dun dun dunn - DJvedar1234

3 J. Pachelbel - Canon In D Major

One only minus: has been overused and even abused. It does happen to great music.

Totally radical

The closest thing there is to the Perfect music.

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

4 Ludwig Van Beethoven - Ode To Joy

Everything else is in 2nd place

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

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

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

5 A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

Absolutely amazing! - MaxAurelius

WINTER is enough for him...

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

I love this song me favorite is spring and summer

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6 Edvard Grieg - In the Hall of the Mountain King

Alton towers for life

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.

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


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

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.

8 George F. Handel - Hallelujah Chorus

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

9 Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

Honestly this should be at the top.

Für Elise is AMAZING

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

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

? Barber of Seville Overture - Gioachino Rossini

This song is a grandiose masterpiece. It is the greatest classical piece ever (in my opinion). It is suspenseful as well as lively and energetic. The best arrangement of the song was the way the London Philharmonic Orchestra did it. It is still a masterpiece, but the LPO version is beyond words. I added this by the way. - PhoenixAura81

The Contenders

11 W. A. Mozart - Eine kleine Nachtmusik K525

I am Mozart’s descendent and when I was a kid my father told me amazing stories of this guy.

Number 8 should be number one.

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

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

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

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

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

17 F. Chopin - Fantaisie Impromptu Op.66

Every second of it just breathtakingly beautiful

This song is beautiful.


18 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.

19 Johann Strauss II: an Der Schönen Blauen Donau

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

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

Blue Danube is bae!

20 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.

21 Albinoni - Adagio in G minor

Amazing piece. Very soothing, and great feel.

I'm actually shocked Adagio is only the 23rd. At least 0.9 percent of people voted for it as the best, that's something.

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.

22 Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, 4th Movement
23 Claude Debussy - Clair de Lune

Is this from THE EVIL WITHIN? It sounds great - BloDayBey

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

I’m listening to the most beautiful story when I listen to this masterpiece.

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

Yay This is kieran's favourite

Bach�s most popular cantata - Gaspar

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 Chopin - Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 35
28 Mozart - Turkish March

Incredible piano playing!

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?

29 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

30 Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture

As someone with a background in classical, jazz, and metal, this is one of the greatest musical pieces of all time, in any genre, arguably number one, although that spot is impossible to determine. Although Tchaikovsky being Tchaikovsky, didn't like this piece at all.

Surprised this is that low. It's one of those one everyone has heard at one point or another and really gets you pumped.

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.

31 Modest Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain
32 Dvorak - New World Symphony ( Symphony n°9)

Best second movement. The English Horne solo is amazing. The forth movement is also amazing

The second movement has some amazingly beautiful English Horn solo.

Beautiful, just beautiful, especially the 2nd movement. This one piece inspired three of the greatest film scores of all time: star wars, Lord of the Rings and jaws. What other pieces here can you say that about?

Especially the 4th movement. The one that got me into classical music.

33 Nikolai Kapustin - Piano Concerto No.4

There are so few votes on this list? I put it #1 in my remix and it immediately becomes #33? - Alkadikce

34 Aram Khachaturian - Sabre Dance
35 Claude Debussy - La Fille Aux Chevaux de Lin
36 George Gershwin - Concerto in F
37 Christian Petzold - Minuet in G Major
38 J.S. Bach - Air On the G String
39 Chopin - Nocturne op.9 No.2

Simply one of the most peaceful,calming and most relentlessly beautiful peices ever written.The Masterwork of a true virtuoso.This has been in so many films,adverts and even Fallout 4 but it is sill so majestic.

40 Jean Sibelius - Swan of Tuonela


41 Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade


42 Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor

Look up Bártfai emlék by Kéler Béla, same from note to note - Alkadikce

43 Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23

My favorite concerto, why so low? =(

44 F. Mendelssohn - Wedding March (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)
45 Carl Off - Carmina Burana - O Fortuna

49th? O Fortuna is one of the top 5 best pieces I have ever heard or will hear.

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

46 Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

One of the most emotionally stirring pieces of all time.

The greatest comeback in human history

Should be top ten

Way too low

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47 P. L. Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite
48 W. A. Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A K622
49 Samuel Barber - Adagio for Strings

This is my all time favorite, most beautiful piece.

Only at 45?

50 George Gershwin - Cuban Overture
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Top Remixes (12)

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. Nikolai Kapustin - Piano Concerto No.4
2. George Gershwin - Concerto in F
3. Claude Debussy - La Fille Aux Chevaux de Lin

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