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.

Nothing more to say. The best song. Deep lyrics. Best voice. Hurt inside. Love it.

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2 November Rain - Guns N Roses

The music video for this song is really good - Peppapigsucks

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

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3 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

Hands down, one of the best covers ever! - Peppapigsucks

This song is absolutely, hauntingly beautiful!

Love this song!

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.

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4 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 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.

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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5 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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6 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!

A classic song that never gets old - Peppapigsucks

Just the pefect song and that's all!

A piece of art

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7 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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8 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!

Best song ever

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9 Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

Yes

Awesome Song

The "best".

Makes me happy

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10 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.

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The Contenders

11 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

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

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.

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12 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.

Any yall saying this is the only metal there is better check out obscura

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13 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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14 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 timeless and beautiful classic no matter who sings it!

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15 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.

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

Good better best

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

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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.

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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17 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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18 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

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

Mediocre.

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

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19 Across the Universe - The Beatles

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

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.

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20 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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21 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.

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22 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.

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23 Yellow - Coldplay

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

love

This song is so beautiful, I love Coldplay.

Not that beautiful, but okay.

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24 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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25 Halo - Beyonce

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

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

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.

Ok, but this list is about beautiful,

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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 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.

28 Little Wing - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

BADASS

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

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29 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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30 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.

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31 Smooth Operator - Sade

Ok, but not the best.

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32 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.

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33 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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34 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

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35 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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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.

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38 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.

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39 Nightswimming - R.E.M.

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

Boring.

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40 Eternal Flame - The Bangles

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

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41 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 is such an inspiring song... when I am feeling down or sad, this song gets me back on my feet and ready for the new day. Thank you Whitney for such an inspirational song!

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

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

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45 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.

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46 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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47 Hysteria - Def Leppard

Beautiful song

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!

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'.

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49 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.

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50 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

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

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.

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3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
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1. November Rain - Guns N Roses
2. Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
3. Heal the World - Michael Jackson
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