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Classical Countdown

Classical Countdown

A Thanksgiving Tradition on Classical WETA 90.9 FM

Classical WETA's annual listeners' choice competition lets YOU determine the most popular classical pieces in the DC area. We play back the top 100 picks during Thanksgiving week, counting down to the top piece, which airs on Thanksgiving night. 

This year’s Classical Countdown omits Beethoven, as a demonstration of what we’d miss if we didn’t have his ever-popular works to enjoy. But we’ll give Beethoven his own Countdown on his 250th birthday, December 16. 

The 2020 Classical Countdown Results

100. Strauss, Johann II: Blue Danube Waltz

99. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

98. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

97. Bach: Orchestral Suite #3

96. Mozart: The Magic Flute Overture

95. Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty

94. Strauss, Richard: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

93. Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #2

92. Kalinnikov: Symphony #1

91. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves

90. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet

89. Brahms: Piano Concerto #1

88. Copland: Hoe-Down from "Rodeo"

87. Dvorak: Slavonic Dances

86. Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

85. Boccherini: Minuet

84. Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture

83. Brahms: Double Concerto

82. Marais: The Bells of St. Genevieve

81. Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite

80. Bernstein: Candide Overture

79. Chopin: Fantasie-Impromptu

78. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances

77. Elgar: Enigma Variations

76. Schubert: Symphony #8 "Unfinished"

75. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #6

74. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 "Pathétique"

73. Sibelius: Finlandia

72. Mozart: Symphony #40

71. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

70. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4

69. Rossini: William Tell Overture

68. Mozart: Violin Concerto #5 "Turkish"

67. Prokofiev: Symphony #1 "Classical"

66. Mendelssohn: Symphony #4 "Italian"

65. Brahms: Piano Concerto #2

64. Dvorak: Symphony #8

63. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

62. Mahler: Symphony #5

61. Dvorak: String Quartet #12 "American"

60. Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries

59. Chopin: Piano Concerto #1

58. Wagner: Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

57. Chopin: Revolutionary Etude

56. Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

55. Chopin: Ballade #1

54. Brahms: Symphony #4

53. Albinoni: Adagio

52. Schubert: String Quintet in C Major

51. Mahler: Symphony #8 "Symphony of a Thousand"

50. Bach: Double Concerto (BWV 1043)

49. Mozart: Piano Concerto #21

48. Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto

47. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

46. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze

45. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

44. Bizet: Carmen Suite

43. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1

42. Ravel: Bolero

41. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite

40. Handel: Water Music

39. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

38. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

37. Bruch: Violin Concerto #1

36. Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

35. Mahler: Symphony #1 "Titan"

34. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5

33. Barber: Adagio for Strings

32. Faure: Pavane

31. Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun

30. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #5

29. Holst: The Planets

28. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

27. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

26. Mozart: Symphony #41 "Jupiter"

25. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

24. Brahms: Symphony #1

23. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565)

22. Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2

21. Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

20. Brahms: Violin Concerto

19. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3

18. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

17. Schubert: Symphony #9 "Great"

16. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis

15. Debussy: Clair de Lune

14. Smetana: The Moldau

13. Mahler: Symphony #2 "Resurrection"

12. Pachelbel: Canon

11. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

10. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

9. Copland: Appalachian Spring

8. Grieg: Piano Concerto

7. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

6. Dvorak: Cello Concerto

5. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

4. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2

3. Saint-Saens: Symphony #3 "Organ"

2. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

1. Dvorak: Symphony #9 "From the New World"

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