Top 10 Best Classical Songs of All Time

Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Classical Songs songs of all time 2017, Over the centuries, there have been hundreds of wonderful songs, often composed by famous and talented composers, and others by first-time composers. Like so many things in life, love of a song lies in the ear of the audience.

Tastes and styles, like everything else, change.

Here, we’ve assembled ten of the all-time classic songs, some have been around for centuries while others are more recent. All, however, are classics and thousands around our globe remember and love them.

And some of these will almost certainly surprise you too!

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Here we present the list of top 10 best Classical Songs songs of all time 2017.

10. Stormy Weather

This classic came out in 1933 and Ethel Waters first sang it at the historic Cotton Club up in Harlem. But later, Lena Horne’s version in the movie “Stormy Weather” (1943) came to be the best-known and most popular version ever recorded. Of course, a song of this magnitude performed by the great Lena Horne had to be included in the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame.

9. Mack The Knife

Originally titled “The Ballad of Mack the Knife” (Original German title: “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer”). This was part of The Threepenny Opera composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics from Bertolt Brecht. The origins of “Mack” date back to Merry Olde Englande and the infamous highwayman, Macheath. Although Macheath was a real person, the opera, only inspired by some of the reported exploits of this bandit, caught on, and especially the haunting melody and words that go with “Mack the Knife”. Often overlooked today, has been translated into many languages, The Threepenny Opera’s “Mack the Knife” song, especially the Bobby Darin version, will probably outlive us all. The Louis Armstrong version is worth checking out as well.

8. What a Wonderful World

Bob Thiele showed his early talent in the music world with a clarinet and a radio show that featured jazz. At only the age of seventeen, he founded his own record company, giving it the label, Signature Records. He was fortunate at the time to record some of the jazz greats of the era. This included Lester Young, Erroll Garner and later on, among others, Coleman Hawkins.

Moving over to a more prominent recording company Mr. Thiele was able to record some of the world’s most talented and popular artists of the time.

But the all-time classic hit that lives on with us today was a piece that he co-wrote with George David Weiss.

However successful and popular the artists and songs that passed by Mr. Thiele’s door, nothing has ever come really close to that unforgettable and haunting hit song, “What a Wonderful World” performed by one of America’s greatest and most enduring artists, Louis Armstrong.

7. La Vie en Rose

The Little Sparrow as she was fondly called, Edith Piaf made “La vie en rose” her song from the start.
Considering her station in life from the beginnings and the problems she endured throughout her forty-eight mostly unhappy years here on earth, this song amply expresses her sadness and longings.

In 1945, Ms Piaf wrote the lyrics herself but because of the infamous tangles of French tape and lack of money, Ms Piaf was unable to register or copyright the song herself and the composer of the music, a Spaniard named Louiguy therefore did so and took credit for the piece.

This haunting song however, when expressed through the incredible throaty voice of Edith Piaf, will live on forever. Many other artists, including Louis Armstrong have recorded it as well.

6. You are my Sunshine

With many songs, two artists often work together, one composing lyrics while the other composes the music. Between them, they hope to come up with the right words and the right notes to express a feeling, an emotion.

Working together as a team in this way, artists Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell recorded “You are my Sunshine” way back in 1939.

Ever popular and still performed today by professionals and amateurs alike, the state song of Louisiana is now “You are my Sunshine”. Jimmie Davis was also a former governor of the state of Louisiana! The known facts however, don’t quite fit the picture described above. Although Mr. Davis is credited with half-authorship of “You are my Sunshine”, he never actually pretended to be the author of the song. He bought the rights from composer Paul Rice and put his own name on it following a practice not uncommon in the music industry during the pre World War II period. Be all that as it may, this song will be around forever.

While “You are my Sunshine” was originally a country music song in an era where much of the country looked down on country music and the people who performed it too, times went on to change as more and more “country” stars moved over to mainstream.

Today, “You are my Sunshine” is considered a classic and no longer just another Hee-Haw country ditty.

5. Stairway to Heaven

turned out this hit sometime in 1971. Although it hasn’t been around that long (considering the history of songs and music), it is thought my thousands to be one of the greatest songs of all time.

Taking a more unique approach to songs and lyrics, this song comes in three separate sections. Each part increases in tempo and volume, ending without music with the famous line, “and she’s buying a stairway to heaven”.

4.Over the Rainbow

Today, most of us know that Judy Garland’s greatest all-time hit, “Over the Rainbow” was nearly cut from the final version of “The Wizard of Oz”.

Music written by famous composer Harold Arlen with lyrics imagined by E.Y. Harburg, this song was specially written for the film, “The Wizard of Oz’ (1939) and as Dorothy Gale, Judy Garland sang her heart out bringing first America to its knees and later, the world.

This became Ms. Garland’s signature song and today we have a commemorative stamp available as well.

After viewing the final cut of the film, MGM mogul and CEO Louis B. Mayer and his producer, Mervyn LeRoy agreed that the song “slowed down” the development of the picture. One of them said it sounded like something a singer like Jeanette MacDonald (a popular singing film star at the time)should be singing, not a little girl in a barnyard.

However, fortunately for the world, associate producer Arthur Freed along with Ms Garland’s vocal coach Roger Edens persisted and managed to keep the song in there. Of course today, “Over the Rainbow” is not only an enduring classic but it the most popular and memorable part of the entire film.

3. Ave Maria – Schubert

Composed by famed artist Franz Schubert in 1825, this classic, inspired by Walter Scott’s epic poem “The Lady in the Lake”, came from his inventive genius with the much more mundane title, “Ellen’s Third Song”. Never intended for a soloist, “Ave Maria” was meant to be sung by a chorus of women.

Over the years, this perennial favorite has been sung by just about everyone. One of the greatest and most popular recordings comes to us from the talented and devoted voice of Celine Dion.

2. For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow

It may come as a surprise to most of us to learn that this unassuming ditty, normally reserved for toasting someone on a promotion, etc. can actually be an all-time classic song.

According to Guinness World Records however, “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” is the second most popular song in the English language.

Actually, the song was borrowed from an earlier French song, “Marlborough s’en va-t-en guerre” (Marlborough has left for the War”). The same tune is used for a traditional children’s song, “The Bear Went over the Mountain”.

As with so many ancient songs, this song now has many versions in as many different languages around the globe.

1. Happy Birthday (to You)

According to the Guinness World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most recognized song in the English language. Hard to beat a record like that.

Actually, this birthday tradition began life in 1893 when most historians agree that it was composed by sisters, Patty and Mildred J. Hill. This claim has often however, been in dispute.

Originally, like so many aspects in life, “Happy Birthday” started with a different title and meaning. It was “Good Morning to All” and was made easy for young schoolchildren to sing.

Around 1912 the song appeared from out of nowhere with a new title and new lyrics: “Happy Birthday to You”. Many feel the song appeared as “Happy Birthday” even earlier than 1912.

In those days, none of the versions of this song carried along with them any notice of credits or copyrights. Anyone could and did perform “Happy Birthday” at home and on the stage.

However, in 1935 The Summy Company registered a copyright giving credit to Preston Ware Orem and Mrs. R. R. Forman. Many years later, Warner/Chappell Music bought the company as well as all its assets. The company paid a whopping $25 million dollars for everything which included the copyright to “Happy Birthday”. This was no fortuitous coincidence. The company estimated that this song alone was worth $25 million dollars. As it stands today, the copyright will not expire until 2030, and while people at home get away with playing and singing “Happy Birthday”, every time it is performed publically, whether it be on TV, YouTube, the radio or any other place at all, the company must be paid a fee, and to date, some estimate this to be the highest revenue-producing song in history.

But according to the latest facts and figures, because of so many disputes about the song’s origins and legal matters, it seems that “Happy Birthday to You” will soon fall into the public domain, free for all to enjoy.

Every person undoubtedly has his or her own personal library of favorites, but over the years and throughout the popularity polls and recordings by so many artists, that above 10 classics have certainly earned their place on the list of the Top Ten Most Popular Classic Songs of all time.


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