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 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

This is the most cheesy song I've ever heard.. Not good.. How about Stevie wonders visions. Expanding the mind...

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2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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

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.

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.

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...

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3 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

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.

Leonard Cohen's words and Jeff Buckley's soulful rendition bridge the physical and spiritual in a transformative way

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.

The original by Cohen is still better than Buckley's cover.

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4 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

A piece of art

Wow, number 15! Really? This song is truly timelessly beautiful! The voice of Freddie mercury, the opera themed song, and the feels it gives you throughout the song is truely something beautiful! Definitely in the top five! - RaeMarie

The best for me!

Bohemian Rhapsody is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SONG OF ALL TIME. No other song comes close to it EVER.

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5 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.

Best song ever

Song Message with great meaning.

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?

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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

So good it was used in the 2018 Winter Olympics by German figure skater Nicole Schott for both her short skating routines. They are on Vimeo's website.

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7 Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

Makes me happy

Just play this during sunrise. Here comes the sun and it’s alright. - Userguy44


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

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8 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

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.

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.

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9 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

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10 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

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


A definition of beautiful - Metal_Treasure

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

The Newcomers

? Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

The perfect rock song for introverts. One of the most emotionally moving songs I have ever heard in my life. - AlexZoraj

Absolutely brilliant, emotional and all in all, beautiful

? The Rip - Portishead

The Contenders

11 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

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.

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 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 beautiful song like something we will neve r hear today.

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12 Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven

Never goes out of style. Still lovely as ever.

The most beautiful composition in my eyes.

Beauty redefined.

Never gets old.

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13 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.

14 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.

15 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.

16 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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17 My Immortal - Evanescence

Beautiful lyrics, harmonies, voice of an angel

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

So touching to my ears

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'.

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18 Art of Life - X Japan

Amazing. The music floor is perfect

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

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19 Yellow - Coldplay

Not that beautiful, but okay.

This song is so beautiful, I love Coldplay.

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

Simply the greatest song of all time.

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20 Paparazzi - Lady Gaga

I agree with above

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

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

21 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.

22 Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap

I love this song! ❤

MM WHATCHA SAY - ListerBlister

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.

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23 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

Most amazing song of all time

A cerebral piece of introspection.

Probably one of the last good songs made.

Best guitar solo of all time.

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24 Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits

Love it but latest trick is better.

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

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

Mesmerizing lay beautiful.

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25 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.

26 You're Still the One - Shania Twain

Nothing that would put this song on the list.

This song is still perfect - MatrixGuy

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

None better. A top contender!

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27 Smooth Operator - Sade

Ok, but not the best.

28 Angel - Aerosmith

Love this song.

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.

29 Whenever, Wherever - Shakira

This song sucks.

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.

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

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30 Halo - Beyonce

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

Ok, but this list is about beautiful,

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.

Wow! This song is excellent... I'm so glad I found it. It's absolutely beautiful...

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31 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

32 Little Wing - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Best Song Ever Created

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.

33 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.

I think Neil Diamond was one of the best singers of them all!

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34 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

lol 34. - AlexZoraj

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.

Paul McCartney's favourite song and inspired him to write "Here, There and Everywhere".

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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 Wonderwall - Oasis

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

The national anthem of earth

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

37 Eternal Flame - The Bangles

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

38 Nightswimming - R.E.M.

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


39 Free Ride - Nick Drake

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

40 You Lookin at Me Lookin at You - Ozzy Osbourne

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

41 Canon In D - Johann Pachelbel

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

Fills up the empty spaces within

Nothing in this world can be compared

A beautiful song for sure.

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42 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.

43 Hysteria - Def Leppard

My favourite record of all time

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

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!

44 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

This was one of the most beautiful songs in modern times. And it makes you think about praying for all those lives lost in the Titanic.

Should be much higher, and it's not even my style of music. But the marriage of song and artist is so perfect in this case. Then again, I think Celine could sing the phone book and make it sound incredible.

This song is so beautiful and has so much emotion in it, which is what makes it one of the most beautiful songs in my book.

I LOVE CELINE DION! Titanic is my favorite movie of all time... The piano version is beautiful too!

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45 Still Loving You - Scorpions

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

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'.

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 Under the Ivy - Kate Bush
49 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

50 Blood - The Middle East

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

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