Best Beethoven Songs

The giant German composer and pianist (1770 – 1827)
The Top Ten
1 Ode to Joy (Symphony No.9)

The fact that this was composed when he was nearly deaf makes this an unparalleled composition in musical history!

Memorable tune? Check.

Deaf composer? Check. (Who can still somehow make this sound amazing.)

Great song? Check!

Among critics, it is almost universally considered Beethoven's greatest work of all time.

2 Symphony No. 5

Everyone all over the world knows this song. The four opening notes are so famous, even though three of them are the same. Even if you have never heard this before, it will sound familiar to you.

I just love this because you know Beethoven must have put a lot of time into this fabulous symphony, and it really pays off. This symphony will be remembered forever!

This is one of my favorites of Beethoven's many works. When I was a child, this song was on a Little Einsteins episode!

I could not speak after hearing the intensity of the climax in the first movement of this stunning piece.

3 Fur Elise

Mesmerizing and incomparable. This piece from Beethoven is by far my favorite. It has a certain complexity and yearning, as if he's remembering someone from the mists of forgotten memories. Thank you for blessing us with such a master-class, maestro.

It's awesome. Every time I listen to it, it takes me to a different world. It really has some great memories attached.

I love this song. I also know how to play it, but not the whole thing. In fact, I'm listening to it right now.

4 Moonlight Sonata, Movement 1

AMAZING! This is the most emotional piece you will ever hear in your life! This piece gives me goosebumps down my spine every time.

It feels like a dream that keeps getting better and better. The triplets and the interjections make it all the better.

The greatest composition I've ever heard. It totally touches every inch of your soul in each chord. Beethoven was an exceptional genius.

5 Symphony No. 3

In my opinion, I believe this was one of Beethoven's best works. Love it.

6 Moonlight Sonata, Movement 2

It is so great. I really want to know how to play like that.

7 Piano Concerto. No. 5 Emperor

This concerto, especially the first movement, is just heaven's music. If we were to meet aliens and show them a sneak peek of our whole musical history, I wouldn't even hesitate for a second. This is glorious.

This is my absolute favorite piece of music ever. I have heard it hundreds of times and I am nowhere near done.

8 Violin Concerto In D Major
9 Sonata N°8 In C Major Op.13 "pathétique"

This song makes me cry whenever I hear the beginning of it. It is too beautiful and emotional for me.

Overall, the piece is just brilliant! My favorite would have to be the second movement.

10 Sonata No. 14 Moonlight Sonata

Moonlight Sonata is by far the best Beethoven ever composed.

The Contenders
11 Moonlight Sonata Movement 3

I love this song. It may be fast and hard to play on piano, but boy, is it beautiful.

Super catchy.

Your feet just have a mind of their own.

12 Symphony No. 9
13 Beethoven, Symphony 7, Allegretto, mvt 2

I feel inspired when I listen to this song. I often play this song in the back of my head for hours or even days at a time.

The most beautiful piece of music ever written with the most ingenious dynamics I've ever heard.

Too beautiful for words to express, one of my favorite songs of all time.

14 The Ruins of Athens / Turkish March
15 Violin Sonata No. 7
16 6th Symphony - Pastoral
17 Sonata No. 8 Pathetique
18 Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Very pleasing to the ears. I would say it is one of the more difficult songs for a piano player. You'd have to be very good to get this one down, unlike Fur Elise.

19 Symphony No. 7

The first movement is very underrated. It has to be one of the best pieces of orchestral music that has ever been created.

20 Piano Sonata No. 8
21 The Creatures of Prometheus, Ballet, Op. 43, Act I: Overture

Just pure joy. The melodies are a treat for a musical ear. Maybe not the best ballet, but in the top ten for me.

22 Violin Romance No. 2
23 Minuet in G Major, Woo 10, No. 2
24 Appassionata Movement 3

Together with the other great piano sonatas, Moonlight and Pathétique, it is one of the best.

25 Missa Solemnis
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