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.

This is a great song, but it’s not that beautiful.
Have You ever heard of classical music like Mozart or new age or Celtic music?
Those are examples of beautiful music, and this isn’t up to those.
No magic whatsoever.

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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

How is this beautiful? There is no magical value, it’s just rock m roll, which doesn’t move you in any way, but makes you scream your head off.
Get this off the list.

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3 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 an incredible beautiful pure voice

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4 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

Every note, every rhythm, every single chords and the lyrics. Nothing can beat this song as the most beautiful song of all time. It has everything a song needs to send shivers down your spine. At this point it's just orgasmic.

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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

Not beautiful. Beautiful is magical, inspiring, atmospheric, and touching.
There’s nothing dreamy about this.

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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

It’s a hit, but having her number one on every list is annoying.
She’s not the best.

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7 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!

Beautiful. Just beautiful

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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

One of the only beautiful songs with beats in the more modern generation.

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9 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.

Not very beautiful.
Beautiful describes being dreamy and heartwarming.
This is just punky.

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10 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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.

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

It’s ok of a song, but not that beautiful, and Queen are overrated.
They don’t have to be on every list of the best songs.

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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.

Only the lesson is good, but not the rest of it.
Just your typical modern Badadadadaapdadadada music.
No dreamlike style whatsoever.

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12 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.

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13 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.

This is supposed to be a list of the most BEAUTIFUL songs, and there’s nothing Beautiful about this.

Just your usual song with little to no quality.

And to make sure you know, I’ve listened to traditional dreamlike music.

And to that person who said it’s chilling. I don’t find it chilling whatsoever, and the heavenly music I listened to is chilling.

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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.

Madonna was exceptionally good at that point of time in the artist industry so I'm not shocked to see that this beautiful song is listed on this website

Good for a Latin song, but not as good or beautiful as new age or classical music.

Good better best

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15 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.

A timeless and beautiful classic no matter who sings it!

A beautiful song like something we will neve r hear today.

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16 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.

Good message, good lyrics, good motivation, but nothing beautiful other than those parts.
We want beautiful music.
Stick with Only Time by Enya.

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17 Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven

Never goes out of style. Still lovely as ever.

The most beautiful composition in my eyes.

Beauty redefined.

Now This is beautiful, oh, and it’s not a song, but a piece. It makes you relax and let the moonlight shine on you.

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18 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

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.

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

20 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 song always makes me cry

Evanescence is just annoying - KingCharlesIlI

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21 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!

Good song.

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22 Across the Universe - The Beatles

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

Good song, but beautiful, maybe, but if you want beautiful songs, stick with music like Baroque or Mozart.
Yet Sarah McLachlan’s songs are like some of the last truly beautiful songs you’ll ever hear, and they were made after the Beatles.

23 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,

One of the greatest songs of Beyoncé..it absolutely great song and thank you Beyonce for singing such a wonderful and heart touching song...lovely song for al the time

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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!

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25 Nightswimming - R.E.M.

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

Boring.

26 The Bard's Song - Blind Guardian

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

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

27 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.

28 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

Ok for a guitar song.
I love beautiful music, and this sounds boring and disappointing.
Nothing like the modern punk or pop or rap crap.

29 Smooth Operator - Sade

Ok, but not the best.

30 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

Pure

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31 Angel - Aerosmith

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

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

32 Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits

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

Mesmerizing lay beautiful.

This Song is awesome

It’s ok, but if you want really beautiful music, listen to yoga music.

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33 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.

Great song, but Beautiful?
Gimme a break.

34 Whenever, Wherever - Shakira

This song is trash! Whatever whatever I say

This song sucks.

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

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

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35 I'm a Believer - Neil Diamond

fairy tales... big deal.. my grandfather played this before he died.. it was so sad - SmoothCriminal

Not only meaningful lyrically, but the way the music interacts with itself, there isn't a prettier sound...

I can't help but loving this song, the lyrics are so personal and they make me feel strong and powerful inside.

Boo, this song doesn’t make sense being on here.
Go get your facts straight guys,

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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 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.

38 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

Well, I don't have to describe how great it is. The passion, The emotion, they're in the song. Whitney did a great job interpreting it in her own way. As it turn out, her beautiful voice build the emotion until the climax. That feeling of love, you can feel how much she loves him. I also love classical too but my favorite one is Chopin Etude Op.10 No.3 Chanson de L'adieu

When I think of the greatest songs of all time... Many come to mind but this is always the first thought... Definitely a timeless masterpiece of music, tonality and range! Phenomenally Number 1!

This song is unbelieveable! Beautiful! She hits notes people only dream of hitting! I love her and miss her. RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON!

This song was good and she was a great singer.
R.I.P.

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39 You Lookin at Me Lookin at You - Ozzy Osbourne

Why the heck is this on here? This song is NOT beautiful.

40 Wonderwall - Oasis

The national anthem of earth

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

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

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

43 Blood - The Middle East

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

44 Paparazzi - Lady Gaga

Get this off the list there’s nothing “beautiful” about this.

45 Canon In D - Johann Pachelbel

Nothing in this world can be compared

A beautiful song for sure.

Fills up the empty spaces within

Now That's what I call Beautiful Music!
WAY better than most of the songs on this list.

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46 Yesterday - The Beatles

Yesterday is amazing

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.

47 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Learned about this from my dad. Look at the comments on youtube people who have lost their loved ones very emotional and this song helps them through it

It's one of those songs that makes me stop and think about what really matters in life. I never casually listen to this song.

Wonderful, Wonderful song. Never ceases to bring a sad smile. If this were my list, it would be number one.

Not that beautiful, but better than anything we have now.

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48 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'.

49 Hysteria - Def Leppard

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

50 Still Loving You - Scorpions

Beautiful? Nothing beautiful about this. Get this off the list.

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