What is the most beautiful song ever?

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Is it the canonical "Canon in D Major"?

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Des Baches Wiegenlied - Schubert

pete s, Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

jesus jones 'info freako'

keith m (keithmcl), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Xina's "B-U-T-ful" cuz she sez the werd so mutch

Huckleberry Facetious, Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hey Ya!

Gear! (Gear!), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

real answer: "Sing Me Back Home" by Merle Haggard

Gear! (Gear!), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Since ever for a judgment like this means right now..."Tsmindao Chmerto" by The Rustavi Choir, on headphones. Georgia on my mind.

Nom De Plume (Nom De Plume), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Madvillian (MF Doom + Madlib) - Fancy Clown (originally titled "Pretty Blood")

djdee2005, Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"you light up my life"

jody (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Beatles, "Julia."

maria b (maria b), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Tom Waits: Tom Traubert's Blues

dog latin (dog latin), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sleep The Clock Around

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

or - Boards of Canada: ROYGBIV

dog latin (dog latin), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've decided it's SAWII disc 1 track 3.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

< /predictable >

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Curt1s wins!

dog latin (dog latin), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Classical: The second movement from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23
Popular: "Four Seasons In One Day" by Crowded House

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

bonnie price billy with the marquis de tren: II-XV

jed_ (jed), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Wichita Lineman", & classical, Faure's "Requiem".

Chris Hill (Chris Hill), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

pop : Louie Armstrong "What a Wonderful World"
ambient : Global Communication "12:18"
techno : Orbital "Belfast" (last two minutes)
classical : Beethoven "Symphony No.9, 4th Movement" (last four minutes)
or Mozart "Bassoon Concerto, 2nd Movement"

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 12 February 2004 01:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

As for beautiful ambient/new age, I cannot help being a sucker for part two from Jarre's "Equinoxe"

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Freebird

Dude (The Yellow Dart), Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I cannot help being a sucker
-- Geir Hongro (geirhon...), February 12th, 2004.

omg, Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Have You Seen Her?", The Chi-Lites
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", Hank Williams
"Aquele Abraco", Gilberto Gil
"I'll Be There", The Jackson 5
"Midnight Sun", many artists but I favor Ella Fitzgerald's version

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh and I forgot "Comb Your Hair" by the Boo Radleys and "Peace Music" by Pizzicato Five and "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs N Harmony

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Loesser and Carmichael's "Two Sleepy People" (as done by Fats Waller particularly)
Saint Saens' "The Swan"
Bedrich Smetana's "Die Moldau"
Chi-Lites' "Have You Seen Her?" *indeed*
Barry White's "Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up"
10cc's "I'm Not In Love" (esp. in terms of production/use of sound)

all sublime those...

Tom May (Tom May), Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Love is all -Ronnie James Dio

ipsofacto (ipsofacto), Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Brian Eno - The Big Ship

tipustiger, Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was going to assuredly say Beach Boys' "God Only Knows."

But then I saw "Belfast"...

Now there is conflict.

The Good Dr. Bill (Andrew Unterberger), Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Captain Beefheart "Yellow Brick Road"

otto, Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Nick Drake's Northern Sky but whoever said Witchita Lineman is somewhat OTM, too.

may pang (maypang), Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

BLAAAAACK IS THE CULURRRRHHHHHH...OF MY TRUE LOVE'S HAIR.
- Nina Simone rip

Etta Wu, Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ack, "Northern Sky," I KNEW I was forgetting one! That and "Fly" are now rivalling my previous choice.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was going to assuredly say Beach Boys' "God Only Knows."

-- The Good Dr. Bill (fadeout9...), February 12th, 2004.

this was going to be my response. 'don't talk' would be a suitable alternative too.

Mil, Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

coltrane's version of "my favorite things"

fjkdsl, Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

You're both wrong. The most beautiful Beach Boys song is 'Til I Die!

may pang (maypang), Thursday, 12 February 2004 02:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Waterloo Sunset

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Thursday, 12 February 2004 03:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Young-Holt Unlimited - "Soulful Strut"

Mark (MarkR), Thursday, 12 February 2004 03:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I agree both "'Till I Die" and "Waterloo Sunset" are very special, but still get all goosebumpy for "Walk away Renee" by The Left Banke

jim wentworth (wench), Thursday, 12 February 2004 03:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Slip Inside This House.
Elevators

sam., Thursday, 12 February 2004 03:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Perfect Circle

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Thursday, 12 February 2004 03:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Under Pressure"

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 12 February 2004 03:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Walk Away Renee" totally...I'm crying just thinking about listening to it

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Thursday, 12 February 2004 03:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Xtal - Aphex Twin. It's very, very pretty-sounding at least.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Thursday, 12 February 2004 03:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

spacemen 3/sonic boom - ecstacy

A Nairn (moretap), Thursday, 12 February 2004 03:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Black Metallic!

John 2, Thursday, 12 February 2004 04:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"An Ending (Ascent)," Brian Eno

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Thursday, 12 February 2004 04:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Aquele Abraco", Gilberto Gi

OTM. Profoundly beautiful, in a very exciting way

Sonny A. (Keiko), Thursday, 12 February 2004 04:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"You Will Call Me Kompressor." Kompressor.

janni (janni), Thursday, 12 February 2004 05:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Waterloo Sunset OTM
God Only Knows OTM

Was music more beautiful in the '60s?

Debito (Debito), Thursday, 12 February 2004 05:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

while we're on that path, this track by Hosono fits that same description to me, it's overwhelmingly lonely

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D3ue553fEo

frogbs, Monday, 5 June 2017 21:57 (one year ago) Permalink

that is superb, maresnest, ty

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 5 June 2017 23:19 (one year ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/ACZ1b5MUVEQ

martyfalling, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 22:52 (one year ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/ACZ1b5MUVEQ

martyfalling, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 22:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Not even close pally

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 09:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Dead Can Dance – Sanvean

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 10:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Videos don't embed for me properly and I'm too dumb to work out why, so these are de-linkified, anyway these are some that come to mind:

James Blackshaw - Cross
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIW_TeQj_ds

Jaga Jazzist - Toccata
www.youtube.com/watch?v=56bcPg58Kow

After Dinner - KA-NO-PU-SU-NO-HA-KO
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT5C-QqIgjw

King Crimson - Trio
www.youtube.com/watch?v=szX7ZOkFAP0

I mean 3/4 are instrumental therefore not 'songs' technically but whateeeveeer

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 13:06 (one year ago) Permalink

'New Grass' is still the best answer anyway

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 13:09 (one year ago) Permalink

For song qua song, I might boringly cosign "God Only Knows".

Tomorrow Begat Tomorrow (Sund4r), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 13:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Maybe "Farewell Farewell" by Fairport Convention, for songs with singing.

jmm, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 13:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Fleetwood Mac - Never Going Back Again

dance cum rituals (Moka), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 19:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Jaga Jazzist - Toccata

yes to this 100%

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 21:54 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgeJNfCXV_Q

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 5 August 2017 06:15 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kncyLpAS4RQ

flappy bird, Saturday, 5 August 2017 06:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

The Cure - 'Plainsong'

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 5 August 2017 09:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Yes mcalmont/butler

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 15 January 2018 22:57 (five months ago) Permalink

This song from a somewhat obscure Renaissance album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yki_mJnzBM

Annie Haslam has got to have one of the best voices I have ever heard - that high note she hits in the chorus is pretty nuts

frogbs, Monday, 15 January 2018 23:07 (five months ago) Permalink

Ugh rude

It's yes by mcalmont butler fyi

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 15 January 2018 23:09 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFEftsKAUvY

flappy bird, Monday, 15 January 2018 23:36 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzWYUomBpwg&sns=em

treeship 2, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:27 (five months ago) Permalink

That or Stephanie Says. Or this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBDdsNyuLG8&sns=em

treeship 2, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:32 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m-6bU4x7us

this

kolakube (Ross), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:32 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O92UBBaiI4&sns=em

Maybe not “beautiful” in the sense that most of the songs in this thread are, but the lamentably short piano sectionof this song that goes from like 3:25 to 4:10 might be my favorite moment in all of music.

treeship 2, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:45 (five months ago) Permalink

That track is magical.

treeship 2, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:47 (five months ago) Permalink

1er Gymnopédie

The Bridge of Ban Louis J (silby), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 06:37 (five months ago) Permalink

game of Life- dusty springfield
stardust- nat king cole
hallelujiah- jeff buckley
one- u2
hang me in red- maria mckee
needle & the damage done- neil young
born slippy- underworld
angel- sarah mclachlan
i know- jude
amazing grace- anyone
but you really should try to find:

she moves through the fair- phil coulter

i'm also partial to the song during the baptism sequence of oh brother where art thou too.

― darragh.mac (darragh.mac), Monday, September 27, 2004 12:37 AM (thirteen years ago)

do you still rep for any of these in 2018? Dusty's 'Goin' Back' is eternal, though idk if it's the most beautiful song of all time (pretty sure that honor goes to some Suede bro's side project)

jesus and figs and science and the foo fighters (unregistered), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:15 (five months ago) Permalink

I'll rep for a few of them but a good few wouldn't make a top list now alright

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:49 (five months ago) Permalink

I wouldn't go with Coulter's version although it might be fair to say that most versions or interpretations you might hear would probably be heavily influenced.

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:50 (five months ago) Permalink

"Somewhere over the rainbow" is indelible.

dinnerboat, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:11 (five months ago) Permalink

"Aguas de Marco" the Antonio Carlos Jobim version with Elis Regina. Runner-up would be "Otis" by The Durutti Column.

damosuzuki, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:34 (five months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Might still be "Sometimes" by James.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 11 June 2018 01:47 (one week ago) Permalink

7 years later, still Clair de Lune for me.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 11 June 2018 02:33 (one week ago) Permalink

We need a spotify playlist of this one sans the joke suggestions.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 11 June 2018 02:34 (one week ago) Permalink

here comes the rain again

difficult listening hour, Monday, 11 June 2018 02:37 (one week ago) Permalink

OXBOW LAKES

and/or Seadrum/House of Sun

El Tomboto, Monday, 11 June 2018 02:40 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-0G_FI61a8

couldn't choose anything not slathered in personal nostalgia

lowercase (eric), Monday, 11 June 2018 02:54 (one week ago) Permalink

Intro of "Brighter" by Slowdive, always heartbreakingly beautiful to me

Vinnie, Monday, 11 June 2018 04:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Nanou 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5dcEXpViiI

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Monday, 11 June 2018 04:31 (one week ago) Permalink

this specific recording

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p4UML8qJNc&t=3s

flappy bird, Monday, 11 June 2018 04:44 (one week ago) Permalink

sorry

flappy bird, Monday, 11 June 2018 04:45 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p4UML8qJNc

flappy bird, Monday, 11 June 2018 04:45 (one week ago) Permalink

This bitter earth

Slippage (Ross), Monday, 11 June 2018 04:46 (one week ago) Permalink

"Feather" by Little Dragon is definitely on the list
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnEw7c1Ozh8

Prefecture, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 03:00 (one week ago) Permalink

'New Grass' is still the best answer anyway
i'd have maybe said that a couple of years ago but these days from talk talk i'd prefer i believe in you. it covers the whole world, a free rhythm, a touching melody, a heavenly choir, a wild & weird improvisation. it is like a small chamber symphony, just hanging there, rough & sweet. the instruments sound so natural, i have been thinking to buy myself new huge speakers just for this piece of music.

but in the end julia would still be my fave i guess. what i really love about that song is that lennon seems to whisper it into my ears and sing it directly to me. it is the most intimate song i know, i can only listen to it on my own as i'd feel very uncomfortable in a group.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:18 (one week ago) Permalink

"I Believe in You" is beautiful, but the last 90 seconds or so of "New Grass" gets to me more deeply than almost anything, so that in my view remains the better choice.

Freedom, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:35 (one week ago) Permalink

The version of “unchained melody” by the fleetwoods that is in things to come

U. K. Le Garage (wins), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh, oops. Try this instead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN07oRXzT50

Not with a bang but a MAGA (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 16:56 (one week ago) Permalink

New grass is a great answer. So many nights I’ve rolled that out to just feel at peace.

Slippage (Ross), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 17:10 (one week ago) Permalink

This woman’s work is also a good answer

Slippage (Ross), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 17:12 (one week ago) Permalink


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