Most Beautiful Songs of All Time

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 November Rain - Guns N Roses

The lyrics aren't the most complex or original, however, the melody is absolutely stunning. The harmonies are traditional but simply stunning! The mix of traditional melodies combined with the rich variety of instruments is just breathtaking! I don't know much about music, but November Rain has always struck me as one of the most gorgeous and melodic pieces of music I have ever heard. It's also surprising just how well Axl Rose's raspy voice goes with the song. It just all works so beautifully! Truly a masterpiece.

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!

What beautiful song? this is not even beautiful! the Lyrics may be good but what about the melodie?! My ears r bleeding by those ugly voices and melodies!

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.

2 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

It definitely makes me so happy and is so smooth and beautiful. This song is hands down the prettiest and most stunning song EVER CREATED.

Its one of the best in the world, it has the most beautiful chord progression ever, the only song I think is better than this is November rain

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.

Still think that Leonard Cohen should get the credit because I know that Jeff most definitely did not write these lyrics. Whenever I search "Who wrote Hallelujah" it says Jeff Buckley. Love the song but the internet needs to set their facts straight.

3 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

This song is so beautiful that I make sure not to listen to it that often so I never wear it out. Gotta say, this is literally my all time favorite song.

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...

I cry every time listening to this song. Most beautiful song on this list.

4 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

This, I cannot stress to you enough, is PERFECTION! It all blends together to create a truly incredible experience for the listener. It should be in the Top 5, not 7!

I like this song but I'm not sure if I would consider this beautiful? Lmao
Maybe the "mama" part but not the operatic section. Lol - Misfire

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.

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

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

So many of X Japan's songs should be on this list, but that wouldn't leave any space for anyone else on it. Everything they have done is beautiful, including this one.

6 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!

Easily the best opus on peace

7 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

Wait until you hear her next Morricone song "Your Love" on her "Awakening" album and PBS concert special. This list will need a new entry. - Trancas

8 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

The lyrics and the guitar picking in this song is absolutely beautiful.

9 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

Lovely song, beautiful lyrics and amazing voices. Iconic and nostalgic.

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.

Beautifully written and performed, and able to give me chills over and over again. It starts quietly and builds to a passionate crescendo, with Garfunkel's angelic tenor soaring perfectly. A truly sublime song.

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

Great song, and amazing lesson, but there were really beautiful songs way back then.

The Contenders

11 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.

Beautiful, classic, timeless. For me this is the most beautiful song ever. Definitely in my top 5 all time favorites. Armstrong had a perfect voice for this song. If anyone had listened to this song and not been moved then their just dead inside. Pure gold classic.

This song is so calm, and it makes me feel the it's gonna be an okay day. It makes me realize that the life is an ocean. A couple of dirty drops of water don't make the ocean bad.

A timeless and beautiful classic no matter who sings it!

12 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

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.

The Best. Only The Best.

13 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.

It's sad to see al these children suffer, but the song is amazing. I personally think this should be #1

14 Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven

Never goes out of style. Still lovely as ever.

The most beautiful composition in my eyes.

Beauty redefined.

Never gets old.

15 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

A definition of beautiful - Metal_Treasure

RJD was a great talent, and the world is better off for his being here.

Mediocre.

This is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard those vocals are god like and magical Dio truly was a god with his voice R.I.P. - christangrant

16 Across the Universe - The Beatles

Amazingly written
Credits to john lennon great songwriter and wife beater

I want this song to be played at my funeral when I die - westofohio

I agree! - Misfire

Nothing’s gonna change my world... - TopTenTed

17 My Immortal - Evanescence

This song has an unknown realm that takes our hearts away. One must listen to this song when he is alone. It gives 'too much pain' and of course it is 'too much real'.

This song is AMAZING! It's so emotional, and reminds me of the people I've lost. Especially the line "I've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone." This song is gorgeous, and should definitely be at the top of the list.

The most touching and beautiful song in the world. Amy is queen.

The song always makes me cry

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.

Amazing lyrics - Gkenna

Great song, but Beautiful?
Gimme a break.

19 Love Walks In - Van Halen

Love walks in is beautiful because its not saying your in love. It is explaining how someone feels when they fall in love. And then you sense a change nothing feels the same nothing feels the same its like an alien just pulls a string and love comes walkin in.

David lee Roth is a great enertainer he left Van Halen because of what Eddie did for Michael Jackson Then they asked Sammy Hagar to Join to be honest Sammy was already famous and did not need to join. But we are glad he did some of the best original music for Van Halen came from Sammy's contributions. None of the 4 album's that Sammy did with Van Halen are on the Van Halen site, although they all went number one. None of the albums from David did that, but over time have sold like they have.

I said David is an enertainer Sammy is a musician big difference

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.

Why is this on the list of beautiful songs?
This song does NOT make any sense as beautiful.

20 Yellow - Coldplay

For me it's the most beautiful song ever written. It speaks to the soul.

This song is so beautiful, I love Coldplay.

How could such a beautiful song be so far down on the list?

Not that beautiful, but okay.

21 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Probably one of the last good songs made.

Best guitar solo of all time.

A song so beautiful, it sends shivers down your spine. a feeling of euphoria washes over you, that's how beautiful this song is

A cerebral piece of introspection.

22 Halo - Beyonce

I've never heard another song better at describing love. I think it perfectly encapsulates how wonderful helplessly falling completely in love with someone is.

This - I believe- is the "never-ever-fade" type of songs for many generations to come. Thanks

Ok, but this list is about beautiful,

Not a Beyonce person, but this song is actually pretty good - AlexZoraj

23 The Bard's Song - Blind Guardian

The feeling this song gives you it's unbelievable. A true masterpiece

Surpised to see this pretty high it should be higher though - christangrant

I would listen to it, but it shouldn’t be on here.

24 You're Still the One - Shania Twain

This song is still perfect - MatrixGuy

Nothing that would put this song on the list.

This just should be number one! My favorite song in the world!

None better. A top contender!

25 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.

Beautiful song
I think people should think that way too, even though the people you love are far away, you always carry them in your heart

26 Little Wing - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

This is truly why Jimi has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time, because nobody else could use a guitar as such a tool of beauty of love. R. I. P. Jimi Hendrix. - cruciel

Jimi was not just about setting his guitar on fire. He could use it as an instrument of angelic beauty, as he does in this song. - BobG

Best Song Ever Created

Just perfection

27 Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits

This needs to be way higher, its one of the most beautiful songs of all time

This should be number one. And then the list should end.

Love it but latest trick is better.

Mesmerizing lay beautiful.

28 Holocene - Bon Iver

It’s more beautiful than anything we have now, but not the most beautiful song in the world.
If you’ve ever listened to Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Claude DeBussy, Erik Satie, Loreena McKennit, Enya, Enigma, Celine Dion, or Sarah McLachlan, then you’ll know what beautiful and real music is.
This is decent, but not the same league.

29 Yesterday - The Beatles

Yesterday is amazing

Best Beatles song words are poetry music is amazing - Gkenna

This song doesn't sound so beautiful (other than the message).
Where's the aura and peace.
Nothing like that, it doesn't match that definition.
We Want Beautiful Music.
Make Music Beautiful Again.

30 Smooth Operator - Sade
31 Angel - Aerosmith

This song is so beautiful, it makes me want to cry. Go Aerosmith!

Love this song.

Naaah, we don’t want screaming rock men blasting your eardrums.
Beautiful music is supposed to be relaxing.

32 Whenever, Wherever - Shakira

This song is trash! Whatever whatever I say

If this is the definition of 'beautiful' then I have to admit that I've truly lost my faith in humanity.

This song sucks.

I'm not trying to offend anyone and shakira is really talented but this song is just...ridiculous

33 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

Harmonies were epic on this song and the dissonant chords just blow me away - Gkenna

God only knows how "I can hear music" and "Don't worry Baby" are not in the top 10!

Nothing beautiful about The Beach Boys, nothing good about them unless you want to run around at the beach and get sunburned.

LOVE IT... Boogie Nights changed my life forever introducing me this wonderful song... So many memories.

34 We are Horrible People - Cattle Decapitation
35 The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel

It's the most beautiful song there is, and that's all that needs to be said.

This song does NOT sound like silence, nor a misty beauty. Get this off the list.

36 After the Gold Rush - Neil Young

This song makes me wanna poop gold.
I said poop, because if you listened to classical music and liked or loved it, then this song will disappoint you.

Most bueatiful for me. hits that sweet spot.i marvel at how this guy can create something as beaulitful as this and then such rocking songs as rocking in the freeworld - RecklessGreed

37 Wonderwall - Oasis

Quite simply one of the best songs of the 90s, that piano outro is sublime.

The national anthem of earth

I wouldn't call the vocals "beautiful" though. - Misfire

Nothing beautiful about this.
This is a list of BEAUTIFUL songs.

38 Nightswimming - R.E.M.

This song is about reminiscing about your childhood. The vocals, lyrics and music are all beautiful.

39 Eternal Flame - The Bangles

It's beautiful, and fits on here, at least way better than anything crappy we have now.

40 Under the Ivy - Kate Bush
41 Free Ride - Nick Drake

BOO This Song Is Not Beautiful.
Get This Off The List

42 Soil the Stillborn - Infant Annihilator
43 Sea of Voices - Porter Robinson
44 Canon In D - Johann Pachelbel

Can't go wrong with this classical gem, no wonder it is used at so many weddings.

A beautiful song for sure.

Nothing in this world can be compared

Fills up the empty spaces within

45 Hysteria - Def Leppard

Come on definitely leppard was one of the greatest bands of all time! Where's photograph?!

My favourite record of all time

Beautiful song

This is one of the most incredible guitar songs ever recorded! First of all, the song features Tom Scholz’s Rock Man guitar pedal, the pedal behind the greatest guitar sound of all times, “BOSTON”. Next, this song features some of the most fantastic layering of intricate little guitar licks that create an incredible guitar song. I don't know if you will actually realize what I am talking about or hear what I am hearing unless you play the guitar, but it’s so incredible!

46 At Last - Etta James

NOT beautiful. Ass she does is scream her head off till she damages her voice and wastes her talent on so called singing'.

Passionate and celebratory. Perfect love.

47 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith

It's pretty good to be honest, the lyrics, the message, and how powerful the song is, but there are more beautiful songs than this if you want a more dreamy atmosphere.

48 Wishlist - Pearl Jam

BOOO This Song Sucks because it doesn't belong here.
This list is about BEAUTIFUL songs.

"This song sucks because it doesn't belong here"

What kind of logic is that? - FondaSu

49 Paparazzi - Lady Gaga

One of the best songs ever written. Vocals are beautiful and a very powerful emotional messages about what fame does to people.

I agree with above

Not beautiful. - RobertWisdom

No...good song! But not “beautiful”. Her voice is amazing, but I look for more in a song before calling it beautiful

50 Blood - The Middle East

Stupid. Just like the album says. There is no aura in this whatsoever.

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