Of course, a look at beauty in the world would be incomplete without an examination of beauty as represented by music.
But if beauty is subjective, beauty in music might just be doubly so. The beauty of a song can haunt me for a multitude of reasons – where I was when I first heard the song, the circumstances in my life when the song spoke to me for the first time, relationships, emotional maturity, spiritual longings… there are so many reasons why one person might be enraptured by the beauty of a song while another person might find it cloying and trite.
And so, for this first foray into beauty in music, I thought I’d go to the current arbitrar of the internet: reddit.
Three years ago, user named McSlurryHole posted a question on Reddit that he or she probably never imagined would get much traction:
“Think to yourself, what is the most beautiful song you have ever heard, im not talking about your favourite song, or the most technical, or something that made you cry, I just want to know the song that made you say ‘holy shit… I could die to this'”
After the replies came close to 10,000 in a day, another reddit user, Dansecaribe, compiled the top 100 songs from that list and created a Spotify list.
Today, for my act of embracing beauty, I give to you – embedded below – that Spotify list of the Top 100 Most Beautiful Songs, as voted by the music lovers of Reddit.
If, for some reason, Spotify won’t work for you, you can also check out this YouTube playlist, which should contain most of the same pieces of music:
Stay tuned for more examples of embracing beauty, and please share these posts with your friends each day this month! Remember, this blog doesn’t have any advertising, and I make no money off of getting hits on stories. I just want to counteract the ugliness we see each day with small and huge examples of the beauty that exists in this world!
Also, if you have an example of beauty that you want to share, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to include it!
Past days of Embracing Beauty:
Embracing Beauty • Day 1 • Hyeonseo Lee’s Escape from North Korea
Embracing Beauty • Day 2 • A Teacher’s Story
Embracing Beauty • Day 3 • The Photography of Samuel Zeller