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Top 100 Countdown

These are the 100 pieces of music that received the most votes from our listeners during Discover Classical's 2020 Top 100 Countdown, sponsored by National Processing Solutions, and by the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's 2021 Reimagined Season.

1

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 "Choral"

2

 

Antonin Dvorak

Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

3

 

Aaron Copland

Appalachian Spring

4

 

Gustav Holst

The Planets

5

 

George Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue

6

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 2

7

 

Samuel Barber

Adagio for Strings

8

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 7

9

 

Edward Elgar

"Enigma" Variations

10

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 5

11

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 3

12

 

Antonio Vivaldi

The Four Seasons

13

 

Igor Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring

14

 

George Friedric Handel

Messiah

15

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

Brandenburg Concertos

16

 

Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Lark Ascending

17

 

Richard Strauss

Four Last Songs

18

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral"

19

 

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

20

 

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

21

 

Carl Orff

Carmina Burana

22

 

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Scheherazade

23

 

Samuel Barber

Violin Concerto

24

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"

25

 

Ferde Grofe

Grand Canyon Suite

26

 

Igor Stravinsky

The Firebird

27

 

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No. 1

28

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 14 "Moonlight"

29

 

Aaron Copland

Fanfare for the Common Man

30

 

Aaron Copland

Rodeo

31

 

Modest Mussorgsky

Pictures at an Exhibition

32

 

Johann Pachelbel

Canon in D

33

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"

34

 

Edvard Grieg

Piano Concerto

35

 

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto

36

 

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker

37

 

Johannes Brahms

A German Requiem

38

 

Camille Saint-Saens

Symphony No. 3 "Organ"

39

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Concerto

40

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

41

 

Howard Hanson

Symphony No. 2 "Romantic"

42

 

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1812 Overture

43

 

Felix Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto No. 1

44

 

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake

45

 

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 5

46

 

Jules Massenet

"Meditation" from Thais

47

 

Ottorino Respighi

Pines of Rome

48

 

Jean Sibelius

Finlandia

49

 

Maurice Ravel

Le Tombeau de Couperin

50

 

William Grant Still

Symphony No. 1 "Afro American"

51

 

Bedrich Smetana

"The Moldau" from Ma Vlast

52

 

Maurice Ravel

Daphnis and Chloe

53

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Serenade No. 13 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"

54

 

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"

55

 

Richard Strauss

Der Rosenkavalier

56

 

George Friedric Handel

Water Music

57

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem

58

 

Sergei Prokofiev

Romeo and Juliet

59

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

Air on the G String

60

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sheep May Safely Graze

61

 

Aram Khachaturian

Spartacus

62

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"

63

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Violin Concerto

64

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Bagatelle "Fur Elise"

65

 

Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 104 "London"

66

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 21 "Elvira Madigan"

67

 

Antonin Dvorak

Symphony No. 8

68

 

Claude Debussy

Clair de Lune

69

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 40

70

 

Modest Mussorgsky

Night on Bald Mountain

71

 

Gioachino Rossini

William Tell Overture

72

 

George Gershwin

An American in Paris

73

 

Johann Strauss, Jr.

The Blue Danube Waltz

74

 

Felix Mendelssohn

Symphony No. 4 "Italian"

75

 

Franz Schubert

Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished"

76

 

Georges Bizet

Carmen

77

 

Mark O'Connor

Johnny Appleseed Suite

78

 

Giacomo Puccini

"Nessun Dorma" from Turandot

79

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cello Suites

80

 

George Gershwin

Piano Concerto in F

81

 

Giacomo Puccini

La Boheme

82

 

Edward Elgar

Cello Concerto

83

 

Leonard Bernstein

West Side Story

84

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Symphony No. 2

85

 

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1

86

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

87

 

Erik Satie

Three Gymnopedies

88

 

Franz Liszt

Les Preludes

89

 

Maurice Ravel

Bolero

90

 

Claude Debussy

La Mer

91

 

Antonin Dvorak

String Quartet No. 12 "American"

92

 

Franz Schubert

Piano Quintet "The Trout"

93

 

Richard Wagner

Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walkuere

94

 

Johannes Brahms

Violin Concerto

95

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 8 "Pathetique"

96

 

Alexander Borodin

Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

97

 

Joaquin Rodrigo

Concierto de Aranjuez

98

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

Toccata and Fugue in D minor

99

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Marriage of Figaro

100

 

Franz Schubert

Ave Maria