Most Popular Classical Music Works

Criteria: Most Popular Classical Works are ranked for their innovation and influence, as well as their aesthetic importance, historical significance and lasting popularity.

1. Hallelujah Chorus (The Messiah)
• George Frideric Handel

2. Einletung (Also Sprach Zarathustra)
• Richard Strauss

3. Blue Danube
• Johann Strauss II

4. Lullaby
• Johannes Brahms

5. Bridal Chorus (Lohengrin)
• Richard Wagner

6. Marche Funebre (Piano Sonata No. 2)
• Frederic Chopin

7. March No. 1 (Pomp and Circumstance)
• Edward Elgar

8. Wedding March (A Midsummer Nights Dream)
• Felix Mendelssohn

9. Presto (Symphony No. 9)
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

10. Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walkure)
• Richard Wagner

11. O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)
• Carl Orff

12. The Nutcracker
• Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

13. Rondo Alla Turca (Piano Sonata No. 11)
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

14. Spring Allegro (The Four Seasons)
• Antonio Vivaldi

15. Allegro Con Brio (Symphony No. 5)
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

16. 1812 Overture
• Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

17. Flight of the Bumblebee
• Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov

18. Lacrymosa (Requiem)
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

19. Overture (The Barber of Seville)
• Gioacchino Rossini

20. Allegro (Serenade No. 13 "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik")
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

21. Romeo and Juliet
• Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

22. Toccata and Fugue
• Johann Sebastian Bach

23. Overture (William Tell)
• Gioacchino Rossini

24. Mars (The Planets)
• Gustav Holst

25. The Sorcerers Apprentice
• Paul Dukas

26. Adagio Sostenuto (Piano Sonata No. 14 "Moonlight")
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

27. In the Halls of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt Suite No. 1)
• Edvard Grieg

28. Romance (Piano Concerto No. 20)
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

29. Sabre Dance (Gayane)
• Aram Khachaturian

30. Adagio (Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique")
• Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

31. Fur Elise
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

32. Night on Bald Mountain
• Modest Mussorgsky

33. Appalachian Spring
• Aaron Copland

34. Prelude No. 4 (24 Preludes)
• Frederic Chopin

35. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
• Franz Liszt

36. Allegretto (Symphony No. 7)
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

37. Largo (Symphony No. 9 "From the New World")
• Antonín Dvořák

38. Canon
• Johann Pachelbel

39. Air
• Johann Sebastian Bach

40. Bolero
• Maurice Ravel
The Worlds Greatest Orchestras
1. Berlin Philharmonic / Herbert Von Karajan
2. Leningrad Philharmonic / Evgeny Mravinsky
3. Vienna Philharmonic / Karl Bohm
4. Chicago Symphony Orchestra / George Solti
5. New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein
6. Montreal Symphony Orchestra / Charles Dutoit
7. The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields / Neville Marriner
8. Orchestra Revolutionaire Et Romantique / John Eliot Gardiner  
9. BBC Symphony Orchestra / Adrian Boult
10. Cleveland Orchestra / George Szell

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Last Updated: 2004-11-07