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The most beautiful song ever?

post #1 of 906
Thread Starter 
What song or piece of music is the most "beautiful" in all of history? I realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but just curious what others think of as "beautiful."

In terms of instrumental/classical a couple come to mind:

Beethoven - "Moonlight Sonata"
Debussy - "Claire De Lune"

I'm having a harder time with modern/pop/rock stuff. While there's a lot of songs that I consider "great", most aren't what I would call "beautiful." I'll hold off (cop out) and see what others suggest along those lines...
post #2 of 906
I would certainly agree with both of those, and a lot of other great classical works. In terms of pop music I think there's plenty of beautiful stuff.
post #3 of 906
Bach - Air on the G string
John Lennon - Imagine
Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge over Troubled Water

many classical compositions
post #4 of 906
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Originally Posted by Sparco View Post

Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge over Troubled Water

That IS a beautiful song. Good choice - it's at the top of my list until someone suggests a better one...
post #5 of 906
"First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - Roberta Flack.
"Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen
"Little Drummer Boy" - By anyone

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post #6 of 906
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First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - Roberta Flack.

That's a good one. Used to have a best of Roberta Flack, that I lost somehow, that had a live version of her doing that, and it would just give you the chills.
post #7 of 906
O Holy Night - anyone.. except Christina Aguilera
Your Song - Elton John
Killing me softly - Roberta Flack
When I need you - Leo Sayer
Always on my mind - Willie or Elvis
post #8 of 906
Sarah McLachlan: Ice Cream - truly beautiful imo
post #9 of 906
I would put all of Sarah's Surfacing album in that list pretty much. As I would with most of Natalie Merchant's Tiger Lilly album. To me, songs like Zero Seven's Waiting Line or Sia's Breathe Me are incredibly beautiful pop tunes.
post #10 of 906
Youngbloods - Get together
Bread - Everything I own
CSN - Southern Cross
post #11 of 906
"Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
post #12 of 906
Ave Maria-certain versions
John Mayer-Every little thing she does
Whitney Houston- I will always love you.

Cool song-Theme to "Twin peaks"
post #13 of 906
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Originally Posted by point_and_shoot View Post

Whitney Houston- I will always love you.


AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

Dolly Parton should sue, shoot, and light Whitney Houston on FIRE for that HACK JOB, bloodhound-baying, HORRID rendition of what was originally a beautiful song.
post #14 of 906
The theme song from "A Summer Place" performed by Percy Faith.
post #15 of 906
Iain Ghlinn' Cuaich by Capercallie
post #16 of 906
For the modern/pop songs, some of these should be in the Top 100...
Alison Krauss - "Baby, Now That I've Found You" or "When You Say Nothing At All"
U2 - "One" or "40"
REM - "Everybody Hurts"
Annie Lennox - No More I Love Yous
Neil Young (and dozens of other covers) - "I Don't Want to Talk About It"
Eric Clapton - "Tears in Heaven"
post #17 of 906
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REM - "Everybody Hurts"

I don't like R.E.M. as it is...

...but, I can't STAND that song.
post #18 of 906
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Kern & Harbach, performed by just about anyone (Platters are best known).
post #19 of 906
Moody Blues (Justin Hayward's) version of Forever Autumn is a favorite.
post #20 of 906
Pretty much anything by Dead Can Dance.
post #21 of 906
Frank Sinatra - Strangers in the Night
Billy Joel - The Night is Still Young
Neil Young - Harvest Moon
Coldplay - The Scientist
post #22 of 906
I guess in the classic rock department, things like "At the Dark End of the Street", "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge, or "Ooh Baby, Baby" by Smokey Robinson, or "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Bros., or Georgia by Ray Charles would all fit into the pretty darned beautiful category.
post #23 of 906
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Originally Posted by Andrikos View Post

Pretty much anything by Dead Can Dance.

Humm Lisa Gerrard is a good choice. However I'd say....

Bel Canto - "Die Geschichte Einer Mutter"
Cocteau Twins - "Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires"
Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan - "Silence"

As it has been said beautiful is in the eye of every beholder.

post #24 of 906
I assumed a lot of people would pick their favourites, but in my case I'm doing it based on what I think is a song thats touched so many people in their lives, and I was never even a fan of his or his famous band - John Lennon's IMAGINE.

Good pick for Sia's Breathe Me though!
My guilty pleasure would be "Condemnation" by Depeche Mode
post #25 of 906
I like several that have been mentioned, here's one that hasn't been:

Amazing Grace - Judy Collins
post #26 of 906
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Originally Posted by MarkH View Post

I assumed a lot of people would pick their favourites...

My guilty pleasure would be "Condemnation" by Depeche Mode

Probably a cheesy song for a real DM fan, but I could see Depeche Mode "Somebody" in the Top 100.

It's hard to think of "beautiful songs" off the top of my head, but I know for the next 6 months I know I'll hear songs and think... ooh, that could be on the list.

"Imagine" would probably be a good committee pick for #1.
80% of us might be able to agree with 80% of a top 10 list.
Which is why I toss my suggestions in only at the Top 100 level.

The VH1 Storytellers version of Matchbox 20 - "3am" is pretty good.
post #27 of 906
Alison - Elvis Costello
(In a twisted "I want to kill you" kind of way...)
post #28 of 906
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Originally Posted by Clarence View Post

Probably a cheesy song for a real DM fan, but I could see Depeche Mode "Somebody" in the Top 100.

It's hard to think of "beautiful songs" off the top of my head, but I know for the next 6 months I know I'll hear songs and think... ooh, that could be on the list.

"Imagine" would probably be a good committee pick for #1.
80% of us might be able to agree with 80% of a top 10 list.
Which is why I toss my suggestions in only at the Top 100 level.

Have we forgotten about DMs - "Agent Orange" already??
post #29 of 906
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Originally Posted by Gecko85 View Post

Alison - Elvis Costello
(In a twisted "I want to kill you" kind of way...)

For Elvis Costello, I would add "Almost Blue" and "Shipbuilding". Another outstanding one is a duet with Burt Bacharach, "This house is empty now". If you haven't heard it - treat yourself (Actually, the whole album is fantastic).

I would add "What a wonderful world" by Louis Armstrong, and since it's the season, "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby.
post #30 of 906
"Love Of My Life" by Queen
"Hallelujah" by J. Buckley
"My Lagan Love" by Kate Bush
"Nothing Compares to U" by Sinead

"adagio" by Albinoni Heard in the films "Gallippoli" and "Rollerball"
"adagio for strings" Barber Heard in "platoon"

I like melancholy tunes btw...
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