Top 10 Music That Gives Me Goose Bumps

When I started this blog less than 2 months ago, I set myself a clear unwritten rule of NOT intending to write posts with top 10 lists.

Well, rules are there to be broken, let’s take a walk on the wild side, baby!

A soon to be published post on Cosi Fan Tutte, gave me the idea for this post.

All of the below are melodies that will never leave me untouched.

The versions below are not necessarily representative of what I’d recommend as reference for the particular classical work, it was what I found on Youtube so everybody hopefully should be able to access it.

The ranking is fully artificial, and could totally change tomorrow.

If you have any additions or suggestion, please comment!

1. Soave Sia Il Vento from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte

2006 Glyndebourne recording, Ivan Fischer

See also my review of Cosi Fan Tutte with Yannick Nézet- Seguin.


2. Brahms: Symphony no. 1 (4th movement, starting around 30:00)


Wilhelm Furtwängler, NDR Sinfonieorchester

See also my post on Brahms Symphony 1 and why it means so much to me for more info.


3. Keith Jarrett: My Song

From the “Carnegie Hall Concert” 2006. Could also have taken the original from the 1978 album with Jan Garbarek, but didn’t find it on Youtube. See a review on this amazing album here.


4. Mozart: C-minor mass KV427: Domine Deus

Elīna Garanča, Diana Damrau

See my reviews of two great versions here and here


5. Bach: St. Matthew Passion: Wir setzen uns in Tränen nieder

Ton Koopman

See my review of my favorite versions here and here.


6. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Summertime

From Porgy and Bess


7. Händel: Rinaldo : Lascia ch’io pianga

Cecilia Bartoli

Find a review of my favorite Rinaldo recording here.


8: Schubert: Ständchen

Hans Hotter

Also outstanding in the piano only version


9. Dido & Aeneas: Dido’s Lament

Simone Kermes; Teodor Currentzis


10. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway: Carpet Crawlers

1974 album

All sources: Youtube.


I’ve now published two follow-up posts with readers finds on music that gives them goose bumps here.

Author: Musicophile

I'm not a professional musician, I don't work in the music industry, I'm just what the name says, somebody who loves music. I've been in love with music for all of my life, took piano lessons for nearly 10 years, and played in several amateur Jazz groups. I go to concerts, both classical and Jazz, quite regularly. And I collect music previously on vinyl and CDs, now on my computer, and am slightly OCD on my music collection. You can reach me at Musicophile1(AT)

10 thoughts on “Top 10 Music That Gives Me Goose Bumps”

  1. Hi musicophilesblog,

    I have enjoyed listening to your chosen list here, though I am unable to listen to a few of them as they have become defunct on YouTube. Also, one or two of the rest cannot be played in certain countries.

    Happy December to you soon!


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