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 There's Never a Forever Thing - 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.

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.

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.

I love this song. A-Ha write the most beautiful songs ever. I came across another beautiful song recently which reminded me of A-Ha. It's called "Golden Year" by a singer called Isaboe. Really beautiful.

2 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.

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.

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!

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.

3 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

This is the #1 song in my view, the rest trying to emulate.
Heartfelt and genuine, it made me weep the first time I heard this.
His best vocal outing too
It has become a staple of Idol and X-Factor type shows which cheapens its rawness and intensity.
I don't believe LC was capable of the emotional reach within this song as his version reveals and I don't believe he wrote it.
Half the songs on here have uncredited/ghost writers I would warrant.
So here's to me! Xx

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.

While Jeff Buckley sings this Cohen song as well as anyone, it is the powerful emotions it evokes with such pithy yet deep and profound verse.
Over 480 artists to date have recorded this song and each has left the original words and music intact. That alone speaks volumes as to what a beautiful song it is and how much it has affected folks from all around the world.

Not only do I have a lot of nostalgia with this song, considering my dad played it on his cd when I was little, but I can't think of another song I've loved all my life. The lyrics are beautiful yet chilling, the lone guitar conveys a great beat, Buckley's vocals were seemingly made for this song... I could go on for hours...

4 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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...

A classic song that can describe one's feelings so perfectly. Unlike songs nowadays, it actually has a meaning behind it. Sadly, they just don't make songs like this anymore...

"There is a feeling I get. When I look to the west. And my spirit is crying for leaving.". When I hear this part I get heart attack of happiness. Actually this song makes me wonder.

5 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.

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!

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!

How is Lady Gaga, LADY GAGA, above Queen. This song deserves to be in the top five! No, top two, along with Led Zeppelin.

6 Nella Fantasia - Jackie Evancho

Please people don't think I'm a hatter cause I'm not I love her voice it's very beautiful, it's just everyone say she can sing opera and she can't I know because I'm training right now to sing popera it's opera and pop mixed and that's what Jackie sings. Now please don't think I hate her or something she has raw talent, and can sing like an angle I just don't like she gets credit for something she can't do.

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.

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.

Jackie has a voice of beauty and power. She doesn't have to speak English to bring off a message. Age does not matter it's the talent and she sure does have some. We shall all be proud of her and her success. She is amazing!

7 Imagine - John Lennon

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!

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.

I don't know how some songs found their way to top 10?!?! Simon & G? Madonna? Brian Adams? Aha?! You must be kidding me! Imagine should be in 1st spot, and never put down below #1 Where the hell is U2 "ONE"?! Whoever is voting on this page needs to have their ears examined

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?

8 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.

I believe in the madness called "Now"
Past and future prison my heart
Time is blind
But I wanna trace my love
On the wall of time, over pain in my heart
Art of life
Insane blade stabbing dreams
Try to break all truth now
But I can't heal this broken heart in pain
Cannot start to live, Cannot end my life
Keep on cry...

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.

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"

9 Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

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.

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

Really beautiful song, makes feel different and good and I simply love it and that's all I need from a song!

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

10 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Newcomers

? Mr. Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan
The Contenders
11 Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

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.

This is such an amazing song, deserves to be in the Top 5! This song is probably everyone's summer anthem, it's so beautiful and nostalgic. Please vote!

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.

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

12 Across the Universe - The Beatles

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.

Nothing's gonna change my world...

Amazingly written
Credits to john lennon great songwriter and wife beater

13 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

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.

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!

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

Most beautiful song ever!
Every time that I listen to it I feel a new emotion.
Thanks Metallica for such a song

14 You are Not Alone - Michael Jackson

Beautiful. And that is all I can say.R.I. P the king of pop. I have always been a loyal fan of you and your talent ever since a young age and I will always be moved by your passion for music and entertainment.

I wish from the deepest bottom of my heart that this MJ song is always allover perpetual in my heart. My heart is much lover of this one...

Michael pulls so hard at the strings of my heart with every note of this song.

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

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.

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!

16 Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven

In thirty years time, this will still be at the top. Most songs that are now in the top ten won't even be remembered by then. That's not to say they're not nice or even moving in their way, bur they just aren't in the same league as Beethoven or, for that matter Bach/Gounod (Ave Maria) or even Franz Xaver Gruber/Joseph Mohr (Stille Nacht - Silent Night)

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.

Never goes out of style. Still lovely as ever.

The most beautiful composition in my eyes.

17 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.

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

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

This song is the best. Forever will you and your songs be engraved in my heart Michael.

18 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.

I used to think the opening lyric was "Last night I dreamed of some bagel."
I could never take this song seriously ever since.

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

I want to be where the sun warms the sky
when it's time for siesta you can watch them go by
beautiful faces no cares in this world
where a girl loves a boy and a boy loves a girl

These lines kill me every time. All want a life like that

19 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

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.

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

20 My Immortal - Evanescence

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.

Perhaps the last Truly beautiful song. It has a magical vibe and takes sadness the way it should and on a whole new level.
It chills you and makes you think about the loss of a loved person and your stresses in life.

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'.

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

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.

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.

23 Yellow - Coldplay

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

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

This song is so beautiful, I love Coldplay.

Simply the greatest song of all time.

24 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd

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

Probably one of the last good songs made.

A cerebral piece of introspection.

Best guitar solo of all time.

25 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.

Earth-shakingly beautifully. It takes the theme of love to a whole other level. It's not about sex, or money, just pure unadulterated love.

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

One of the greatest songs of Beyoncé 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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