Most Beautiful Songs of All Time

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The title speaks for itself, but please try to include some variety as to which artist and time period you add. This list is for the most beautiful songs we've ever heard, not simply the most beautiful songs of our era.

The Top Ten

1 There's Never a Forever Thing - A-Ha

Nice to see a-ha getting some credit. This is a great song but the band have so many to choose from for this category. This appears on the 1988 album Stay on these roads but was written before the band achieved fame.

Deep lyrics, perfect composition, the best male voice and one of the best songs ever.

Perfect pop songs = A-ha

Yes, A-Ha have loads of beautiful songs, though this is definitely a favourite. Surprised to see them at the top of the list since everyone, as least in the West, have forgotten about them. Other beautiful songs they wrote: Living a Boy's Adventure Tale (, still so beautiful after all these years), Lifelines, Hunting High and Low, too many to mention.

My love!

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2 November Rain - Guns N Roses

The best ballad of the best rock band of all time. Unusual story clothed in words, the extraordinary guitar solo performed by Slash, the entire composition, melody encroaching into the soul... And what more could you want? I'm really sure that the music of Guns N 'Roses will live forever!

When you think Guns N' Roses, most would instantly think of the classics "Sweet Child O' Mine" or "Welcome to the Jungle"... But hidden under these more intense, fist-pumping rock songs lies truly one of the most powerful songs I have ever heard. "November Rain" is a sad, depressed but hopeful tune that deserves the title of most beautiful song of all time.

So beautiful and peaceful in many different ways

Like it because it is a gloriuos song

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3 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

I'm sorry, but the fact that this is only 30 hurts me. Definitely deserves to be at least in the top 15. This song is SO beautiful and just eases away all tension.

This is an incredible piece of art. Why this isn't #1 is beyond me, but I cry every time I listen to this song. It has changes lives, and made bad days better. This song deserves a spot in at least the top three...

The live versions of this song, around 1973, are simply UNBELIEVABLE, it makes every other piece of music seem hollow

Greatest song of all time

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4 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

Hands down the most beautiful song ever, and this should top the list without question.. I know Cohen wrote it but I believe Buckley made it his own as well as he did it.

It's absolutely perfect, and only Jeff could make such a simple, elegant sound that makes all your troubles go away for seven minutes, with just an electric guitar and his flawless vocals.

An absolutely amazing song by Cohen, but Jeff Buckley took it to a whole new level. I have never heard a song that even comes close to being as beautiful as this song, and honestly doubt I ever will.

The most beautiful song ever written. The original by Cohen was a masterpiece in itself, and when you combine the genius of a composition with Buckley's amazing, emotional, and soulful vocals, you get hands-down... the best piece of music ever composed.

Just a cover. Nowhere near as good as the original by Leonard Cohen.

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5 Art of Life - X Japan

X Japan is in general a band whose music makes you say: I like this, and nothing else. Had they started doing more in the west in the 80's and early 90's they would be a lot more known then they currently are. And Art of Life is their masterpiece. You see the 30 min runningtime and you say " Pfft, I'm not gonna listen to a song for 30 min" But once you get captured, you can do nothing but enjoy it. X Japan is THE band and Art of Life is THE song.

As the title says, this song tells you what life is in the most honest way. Listen to the lyric, feel the music, and you will say "yes, this is life" - kurenai_tenshi

One of the best songs I've ever heard so glad its on this list, amazing lyrics, great tune this song is perfect

Ausam lyrics

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6 Nella Fantasia - Jackie Evancho

Jackie sings simply. There are no embellishments, and everything is understated.
The natural, pure beauty of her incredible voice is enough.
This song and Jackie's voice were made for each other.

This gifted 13-year old prodigy is already being called "the most beautiful human voice ever recorded", and broke Michael Jackson's record as youngest artist in US chart history with a Top 2 and Platinum CD.

Wonderful song, wonderful voice

This is the most beautiful song on this list. What about My Heart Will Go On, Moon River and so on.

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7 Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

Come, on this song epitomizes the meaning of "beautiful. " Such mundane words cannot begin to describe this masterpiece of a song.

One time I was on a plane and the decent was happening. The plane lowered through the clouds, and I saw the sun appear over one of them. It was beautiful, especially since I was listening to this song on my iPod. Just gave a warm feeling to my heart.

Aw.. Here comes the sun. Tells of hope with each new day. - Britgirl

Songs don't have to be sad to be beautiful.

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8 Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

What can I say about its just an awesome song... My early summer was passed away only by listening such a great rock of bryan adams.

I love this song very much

The Best. Only The Best.

I thought clicking the vote button would allow me to vote, but it instead voted in favor of the song. This song is far too boring for this list in my opinion.

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9 Imagine - John Lennon

Very simple song with a very powerful message.
If all the world could in the least consider this vision, it would be a very beautiful world indeed.

If you love this song then "Dreamer" by Ozzy Osbourne is also well worth a listen, as it too is a beautiful song that preaches much the same message.

The message this song gives is what could be used at anytime in our lifetime, imagine if the world really was as peaceful as this beautiful song portrays?

How is this song not among the top 3?! There are a couple more I'd consider beautiful but seriosusly, this one is the one of the most beautiful songs EVER. Period. I'd consider Stairway to Heaven also beautiful and I am surprised that one is not even on the list! Imagine however should be #1. I mean, Summer'69 is an awesome song, I agree, but it is not anywhere near more beautiful than this song. Get real people!

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL SONG

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10 You are Not Alone - Michael Jackson

Absolutely beautiful song and should be at the top, it expresses great feelings and it has beautiful lyrics

Michael pulls so hard at the strings of my heart with every note of this song.

Michael is always the best. You already know that

LOVE THIS SONG!

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The Newcomers

? Shatter Me - Lindsey Stirling
? My City of Ruins - Bruce Springsteen

The Contenders

11 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Under rated! I think more people must show some respect to the songs of Metallica! It's not because they have a name with the word METAL inside that doesn't mean the song isn't great!

under rated
it is more beautiful than art of life - shaikhsalman

Truly one of the most beautiful songs of all time. Lyrically quite simple, yet so touching. Most people don't know that metal isn't all thrashing, moshing and partying and there is actually a much deeper, much more complex side to it. This is a prime example. It is by no means the most technical or complex song, but god damn, it is just beautiful. I could die to this.

Have a listen to the Lucie Silvas version... a beautiful song no matter who sings it!

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12 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

Truly chilling. The harmony of these two voices is electrifying. Simon & Garfunkel will always be listed under the best vocalists of all time, and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" as well as "The Sound of Silence" are chilling reflections of said talent.

The most fantastically wonderful song I ever heard. You can hear the eternal faith and love he has for his wife and his devotion to her. All people should make such fine and pure works of wholesome virtue.

How is this song held all the way at number 143. I guess more people are deaf than I thought.

Wow.

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13 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

The first half of this song is very beautiful (and sad), and it has a pretty cool part at the end which is sweet.

Simply the greatest song known to man. The lyrics just envelop you at the beginning, and they take you on for a wild ride. As you reach the end, you are deeply thinking about life and all of its wonders.

How is Lady Gaga, LADY GAGA, above Queen. This song deserves to be in the top five! No, top two, along with Led Zeppelin. - LostDream258

Unforgettable

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14 La Isla Bonita - Madonna

Well yes this song is one of the most amazing and beautiful songs of all time, hats off to Madonna for recording such a amazing track.

A beautiful song, Each time I listen to this song I remember the good old days when songs had so much depth in them

The song it's so bad

I used to think the opening lyric was "Last night I dreamed of some bagel."
I could never take this song seriously ever since. - naFrovivuS

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15 Heal the World - Michael Jackson

The best song of Michael Jackson's solo career. Period! It's so emotional and the message it sends is so touching! It always surprises me that on most lists with the best Michael Jackson songs, this song ranks relatively lower than some other Michael Jackson songs. There is no way Billie Jean, Dirty Diana and Bad are better songs, for example. You pay no attention to the lyrics if you think so.

I sang this to my whole school once... they were throwing roses at me... haha pretty weird, I claim this song, Song of the SUmmer of 2010 - SmoothCriminal

This song is the best. Forever will you and your songs be engraved in my heart Michael.

This is the one song that the whole world just needs to listen to right now.

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16 Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven

Never goes out of style. Still lovely as ever.

The most beautiful composition in my eyes.

Beauty redefined.

Beautiful. - naFrovivuS

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17 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

This song gives you a break from all going wrong in life and lets you take a few minutes just to think about all that is beautiful. It manages to be happy without sugarcoting life and making the world seem like a dreamland. It's just real life, yet Louie makes you love every other damn human on the planet. A perfectly done song.

A timeless and beautiful classic no matter who sings it!

Makes me cry every time. Beautiful song.

So beautiful and so simple at the same time - OnionLists

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18 Here, There, and Everywhere - The Beatles

It's so beautiful, melody and lyrics, and I read recently that it was Paul McCartney's favorite as well.

19 Love Walks In - Van Halen

Sammy Hagar was the best thing that ever happened to Van Halen. Too bad there were so many hard-core David fans out there because Sammy puts him to SHAME and Sammy is still rocking and still has all his hair.

20 Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap

My favorite song. I've sung this in with my a capella group. Everyone is left speechless. The song brings out such intense emotion in just about everyone. It is PURE and BEAUTIFUL. I hope everyone hears this at least once in their lifetime

I sang this in my choir for a competition and got countless compliments afterwards. It's an emotional a beautiful song and so different to other songs out there. Her range is incredible as well.

The first time I ever heard this young woman was with Joe Bonamassa. What an extraordinarily beautiful voice she has. This song is no different. She pulls at your heart and soul and it leaves you with such wonderfully haunting feelings!

Such an amazing and beautiful song, also very hard to forget.

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