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2021 WNED Classical Top 100
WNED CLassical Top 100

In 2020, we introduced the WNED Classical Top 100 and invited listeners to cast their votes.  With more than 2,000 votes cast, Beethoven’s call to brotherhood in Symphony No. 9 came out number one. Set amidst the global backdrop of coronavirus lockdowns, Symphony No. 9 was a fitting choice for the 2020 top spot as people sought to connect through music.

 

Votes for the 2021 WNED Classical Top 100 were cast in October and the 2021 Ultimate Playlist was revealed on air November 4 - 10th as we counted down to number 1.   

 

Yes, Beethoven defended his title! Below is the complete list of the 2021 WNED Classical Top 100

 

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2021 WNED Classic Top 100  

1.   Beethoven, Symphony #9

2.   Dvorak, Symphony #9 New World

3.   Handel, Xerxes largo

4.   Vivaldi, The Four Seasons

5.   Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue

6.   Beethoven, Symphony #5

7.   Debussy, Petite Suite

8.   Bach, Brandenburg Concertos

9.   Holst, The Planets

10.  Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

11.  Beethoven, Symphony #3
12.  Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto #2
13.  Beethoven, Symphony #7
14.  Debussy, Claire de Lune
15.  Barber, Adagio for Strings
16.  Smetana, The Moldau
17.  Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition
18.  Mozart, Die Zauberflote
19.  Wagner, Die Walkure
20.  Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto #1
21.  Handel, Messiah
22.  Beethoven, Piano Sonata No 14 Moonlight
23.  Copland, Fanfare fo the Common Man
24.  Mahler, Symphony #2
25.  Mozart, Requiem
26.  Beethoven, Piano Concerto #5 
27.  Copland, Appalachian Spring
28.  Beethoven, Symphony #6
29.  Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin
30.  Satie, Gymnopedies #1-3
31.  Rossini, William Tell Overture
32.  Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade
33.  Sibelius, Finlandia
34.  Strauss, Blue Danube Waltz
35.  Faure, Dolly Suite
36.  Grieg, Peer Gynt
37.  Vaughan Williams, Lark ascending
38.  Schubert, Ave Maria
39.  Ravel, Bolero
40.  Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture
41.  Mozart, Symphony #41
42.  Bach, B minor Mass
43.  Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture
44.  Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia
45.  Mozart, Clarinet Concerto 
46.  Bach, Toccata & Fugue in D Minor
47.  Mozart, Piano concerto #21
48.  Rossini, Barber of Seville
49.  Schumann, Piano Concerto 
50.  Pachelbel, Canon
51.  Tchaikovsky, Symphony #4
52.  Delius, Florida Suite
53.  Beethoven, Symphony #4
54.  Chopin, Heroic Polanaise
55.  Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
56. Hanson, Symphony # 2 "Romantic"
57.  Grieg, Piano Concerto
58.  Morricone, The Mission 
59.  Mozart, Symphony #40
60.  Delibes, Lakme: Flower Duet
61.  Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf
62.  Faure, Suite Masque et bergamasque
63.  Puccini, Turandot: Nessun Dorma
64.  Schubert, Symphony #8
65.  Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro
66.  Khachaturian: Spartacus: Adagio
67.  Debussy, Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
68.  Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Greensleeves
69.  Saint-Saens, Organ Symphony
70.  Mendelssohn, Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
71.  Faure, Pavane
72.  Handel, Water Music
73.  Beethoven, Choral Fantasy
74.  Schubert, Symphony #9
75.  Beethoven, Archduke Trio
76.  Shoshtakovich: Symphony #5
77.  Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain
78.  Sibelius, Symphony #5
79.  Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italien
80.  Bach, Sheep May Safely Graze
81.  Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld
82.  Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Suite
83.  Poulenc, Perpetual Motion
84.  Lepo Sumera, Symphony Nr. 2
85.  Gershwin, Concerto in F
86.  Faure, Requiem
87.  Hovhaness, Symphony No. 2 "Mysterious Mountain"
88.  Poulenc, Clarinet Sonata
89.  Brahams, Violin concerto
90.  Mahler, Symphony #5
91.  Mozart, Piano Concerto #23
92.  Debussy, La Mer
93.  Grieg, Holberg Suite
94.  Bernstein, Candide Overture
95.  Chopin, Piano Concerto #2
96.  Ponchielli, Dance of the Hours
97.  Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
98.  Finzi, Five Bagatelles 
99.  Beethoven, Symphony #8
100. Mendelssohn, Violin concerto

WNED Classical Top 100  Spotify Playlist  

We will update the Spotify playlist daily to add the rankings that have been revealed.

PLEASE NOTE - There may be "numbers" in the playlist. These numbers are NOT the rankings. 

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How Voting Works for the Classical WNED Top 100

Voting begins 12:00 AM EDT on October 1, 2021 and ends 11:59 PM EDT October 24, 2021. You may vote for up to three different pieces, up to once per day. All subsequent votes must include different selections; you may not vote for the same selection more than once. We will do our best to interpret each entry, however, if we are unable to determine the selection, we will be unable to include the submission. All submissions are collected to help create the WNED Classical Top 100. WNED Classical maintains editorial control over the final playlist. Entries and comments may be used for promotional purposes.