(Women, you can ignore this one.)

Seriously … this is from a Men’s mag. Where men learn to be better men. Whew.

Here’s the list:

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
2. Johann Sebastian Bach, The Goldberg Variations
3. Antonio Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
4. Georges Bizet, Carmen
5. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)
6. George Frederic Handel, Messiah
7. Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring
8. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Missa Papae Marcelli
9. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1
10. Dmitri Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor

So men … off to the record store with you!


  1. What, no Mahler? And couldn’t they have picked a better Mozart piece?

    Okay, I’m being a tad nitpicky. Can’t expect to see all one’s favorites on a top ten list. Nice to see a nice smorgasboard here, something from each major era. I’m especially pleased to see Palestrina and Shostakovich on the list.

  2. Yeah, all of us would have different lists, I’m sure, but I was impressed that it wasn’t somebody’s “I loved these when I played in high school band” lists (Holst Planets and the like). So there’s that.