Video presentation of a few key prophetic warnings on music, click here.
Philosophy on Music
Video presentation of a few key prophetic warnings on music, click here.
(this essay is a more up to date presentation than these videos which I made in early 2019, but the videos are still useful)
“A man may be judged by his standard of entertainment as easily as by the standard of his work.” ― Ben Shapiro
The Gift of Music
I love music! Songs can help us express emotions of joy and love. They can help us process through emotions of depression despair or rage. They can help us heal, endure, and understand. They can help us be brave and push through trials valiantly. They bring needed relief to muster faith to keep going and enjoy the journey. I also adore the power of music to bring people together. Truly the mass availability of music today is one of the great blessings and greatest tests of our faith of our time.
The Duty of Music
Music is not something to be taken lightly. Isaiah speaks of the Devil being cast into the pit with his musical instruments, which suggests music is a key tool of the Devil. In Hebrew 5:13-15 we read that we must be spiritually mature and discern between good and evil: “13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Church Approved Music
We can enjoy a variety of music. I once asked a friend what kind of music they like. Their response was puzzling, that they only like “Church approved music”. Well, I too don’t want to listen to music that would offend God, and I greatly commend the attitude of this person to remain devoted to God’s laws, but there’s actually no “church approved music list.” One thing to think about however, is that Elder Richard G Scott taught that if we only read or participate in church made things, we will be living a life less rich and happy than what God intended. Further, President Spencer W Kimball believed that many of the great authors etc. can be viewed as “miniature prophets” whom have much to offer to humanity despite their not being in the church. May we be “anxiously engaged in a good cause” without being “commanded in all things”.
Because music is so powerful to influence either for good or evil, I suggest listening to planned music which you have screened beforehand rather than random radio, or listening to anything just because it is by a certain musician, or of a certain genre or era. We should not support musicians who have material which is blatantly evil. We should avoid genres of music which are saturated in evil or commonly known for evil themes. I do not advise listening to music which swears, has blatant or suggestive themes of violence, drug use, sexuality, or which mocks Jesus Christ and his teachings. If a song makes you feel evil or tempts you to set aside any of God’s commandments and councils, get away from it. Do not spend time with music that preaches false gospels of entitlement, lust, selfishness, or other damning character traits. 2 Tim. 3:2-5 tells us to turn away from evil groups.
Know the Background
Before you chose to label a musician as a “personal favorite”, and allow their products to more freely be a part of your life, research their corpus of music and their character to ascertain that they are not wolves in sheep’s clothing. Though we need not require a person to be our same religion to appreciate their music, we can hold them accountable to the standards of conscience which is given to every person and which condemns evil and impure practices.
Seek & Stand in Holy Places
Here is why we avoid questionable music, musicians, and genres. Looking in bad places for good stuff can be like dumpster diving for food to sustain life. We look for scraps of tasty nutritious fresh food in these questionable venues, but we can’t very well stay clean during the search! Not only is the search dangerous, but at the end of the day, there isn’t much there to be found! Most of what you find there is garbage, and what looks good there usually isn’t! There are much better places to look for food! There are buffets overflowing with wonderful foods if we can but escape the alluring attraction of the baited hooks of Lucifer, our enemy.
Even if bad music makes us temporarily feel pleasure, that pleasure will suck the life out of us, and we will have damned ourselves to a state of depravity where the doors once open for joyous exploration and exquisite participation in uplifting music have become shut. If you have indulged in evil music, you’re only hope is to call upon Jesus Christ to free you from the bad thinking patterns and beliefs which that music has infected you with. Remember always that there is so much wholesome music that we don’t need to bother with the evil!
Remember, Satan leads us down by degrees, not all at once. Tragically, one of the core deceptions of the Devil desensitization to evil, so we don’t even realize when it is all around us. What a better topic than music to apply this timeless poetry: “Vice is a monster of so frightful mien As to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace.” (Alexander Pope)
Excuses aren’t Valid: You Knew
We often must rely on our feelings, not just broad written law, when making choices. I’m confident that God will not tolerate an excuse of “no one told me that was bad” in the many seemingly gray areas of life. How hardly could we ignore the whisper of conscience and expect the kingdom of God. God will judge us based on not only what we did about what we knew, but what we did about how we felt. If we chose to say of questionable music, “but I felt fine about it”, then we approach a slippery slope.
God is Charming
While God is unchanging and “cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance”, he is still jovial. God isn’t an old grouch. He is youthful and charming. He has a sense of humor. He likes to relate with us. Just like our ability to become as he is, so has he has been where we are. He likes culture and custom so long as such is not promoting evil ideas and attitudes. God is happy, and wants you to be happy. You can find great joy in this life. God loves the free will offerings we bring to him. God loves all nations, and the cultures in each have uplifting forms of music which can be help us in the quest to “let your soul delight in fatness” (Jacob 9:51).
If you think I’m calling for you to be prudish and shallow in your music choices to avoid evil, you have much to learn. What I am suggesting is that we refine our tastes to find the greatest possible lasting joy in wholesome materials. Sometimes a Christian life involves setting aside things we currently enjoy so we can pursue higher causes. Like the fat man who somewhat enjoys his unhealthy food as it draws him toward disability and death, so can we leave the culture of unwholesome music and learn to love the good and the increased life that will come with it. For an article I wrote on how we’re not all expected to be the same, and are allowed personality and taste etc., see this article The God of Individualized Contracts.
Seek & Find
The good is out there, you just have to have the faith to find it. Finding takes faith. Do not disqualify yourself from having the Holy Ghost aid you in your search by lowering your standards. Be patient as you won’t find it all at once, nor will your capacity to appreciate goodness all develop at once. Moral restraint regarding questionable entertainment during seasons where we don’t have all the answers is a core aspect of faith. Some day you will have all the answers. That day will come sooner if you exercise more righteous restraint. Our passions must be bridled as we wait upon the Lord to lead us to ‘green pastures’. Let us fix our hope on the scriptural promise that if we let the Lord be our shepherd, no want shall we know, and our cups will run over with blessings. As Elder Neil A Maxwell put it, our hearts will be “brim with joy” as we increasingly consecrate our lives to the Master.
May Jesus Christ be the central figure in our lives, and may we pay close attention to our conscience and the words of the prophets.
Eph. 5:11 says we should expose the works of darkness. For a daunting look at how Satan has infiltrated the music industry, go to GoodFight.org, or read my summary of their material as well as find links to many of their videos on YouTube, by clicking here. You’ll find full length documentaries such as “They Sold Their Souls for Rock & Roll”, “Hollywood’s War on God”, and their short videos about the Satanic influence on specific music groups of various genres. Some research even suggests plants grow or wilt based on what type of music they’re exposed to.
Separating the Art from The Artist: A Slippery Slope
To some extent it seems we can separate the art from the artist. Not everyone will have the same standards as you (though more than you may think actually do share your standards, in and out of the church; the community of wholesome music has a long history, and new creations of that type are still being born to this day).
Remember that President Packer taught that those whom we allow to entertain us should themselves groom reasonably well. We can’t ignore the effect of the culture of the singer entirely. We must choose positive role models, and favorite entertainers are certainly role models (especially as our children watch how we chose).
“Contend Against No Church Save It Be The Church of the Devil”
The Lord admonishes us to “contend against no church save it be the church of the Devil” (D&C 18:20). I chose to not listen to known devil worshippers, even if they have songs that seem innocent, I avoid those artists entirely. Other artists who aren’t open devil worshippers I can at times pause and admire some of their artwork, even when I know they have some other artwork which is more questionable, morally speaking. I am also aware that in some cases and scenarios, certain types of music which are very emotional can help people get through very emotional episodes of life. The general music we chose however, should likely focus on genres like classical, opera, tenor, soprano, folk, and other high-quality types of music whose sound and lyric reflect dignity, self-control, integrity, reverence for life, reverence for the sacred, and an overall message of goodwill toward men.
Some known devil worshippers whom I refuse to listen to or associate with in any way are the following (*this list is from goodfight.org whom has conducted research into the messages and backgrounds of these groups, exposing their Satanic ways): Robert Johnson, Little Richard, Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Harrison,The Beatles, The Beach Boys, David Crosby, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Hill & Oats, Black Sabbath, Led Zepplin, The Eagles, Van Halen, KISS, AC/C, Sting, Iron Maiden, Prince, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Queen, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Adam Levine (of Maroon 5), James Franco, ACDC, Ellie Goulding, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Remember that every dollar you spend is a vote cast in favor of or against the entity to which you have spent it. In this digital age, not only dollars but page and song views also count. Take caution: Is the group that you’re supporting going to take the $ you give them and turn around to spend it on creating something evil?
Emotional Regulation Therapy in Various Genres
I like the song “Everything is Alright” by Motion City Soundtrack, for example. This song has personal meaning to me as it brings back fond childhood memories of spending time with my friends, and the series of emotions and questions we dealt with in that stage of teenage life. I don’t however listen to much other music from this group since they can often swear or have lyrics which are not wholesome.
I’ve said before, in the spirit of Paul’s statement about being all things to all people, that saviors on mount zion have the privilege of “time travel”. What I meant by this was that it was their opportunity to adopt the cultures of those whom are around them, including those of their age, those younger, and those older. This means a person can, for the sake of teens, be like a teen sometimes, etc., enjoying with them their sports and wholesome music in genres which they enjoy. Some genres have little if anything to offer when it comes to wholesome music, and we would do well to steer youth in a different direction where possible.
Retaining Control of Yourself
Music which speaks of “going crazy” and “losing [ones] mind” often refers to evil, and things connected with evil, such as giving in to moral pressure to be unchaste, or resignation in general. The mind along with the gut are connectors to the soul and spirit. Satan wishes to take over minds so he can get souls. This is why we don’t practice hypnotism or certain forms of yoga which involve “letting go” of one’s mind, of one’s consciousness, will, control, etc. Demons are real and can posess people. Be firm and do not allow things into your mind which don’t belong there. Keep a firm resolve. Dancing to the extent that one feels to “loose their mind” is not good dancing. Dancing can be good, Brigham Young was known to dance late into the night at parties. But tones lyrics and contortions which lead one to be overpowered and not in control are not of the Lord.
Judge the Cover
If an album cover features explicit images or suggestive postures (connotating drug use, sex, violence, or general rudeness), this is a significant warning sign. An album cover is designed to be an embodiment of the themes which can be found in the album. Sex is not bad, but when people make it a public thing that is bad, and they’re usually suggesting it be used outside of marriage.
Further, when a song slips in blatant or even hidden references to bad things or bad language, it shows that the musician is seeking to please not the Lord, but the world. Beware the spirit of the masses which condemn evil, then run to the theatures when a suggestive film is being presented. A theatre is a dark place where one feels they are in private. Also earbuds, or the privacy of a vehicle suggest privacy. But no one can hide from God, and for that matter, from their ancestors which indeed watch their lives.
Wholesome dance goes along with wholesome music. A society is on the “highway to hell” when their music doesn’t prompt them to dance righteously. Our day will be spoken of as one which had virtually no dancing. There is dancing in Babylon, now let Israel learn to dance! There will be no song or dance in hell said Brigham Young. Song and dance originally belonged to Israel, but Satan has corrupted it and offered it in Babylon. May the saints remember the fiddle, the flute, the acoustic guitar, the harp, the trumpet, the tin whistle, the piano, and other uplifting forms of music.
Be careful with electronic sounds which cannot be produced naturally, or which cannot be produced at the speeds they are being played on naturally. Remember the days of dancing around the camp fire, remember the times of smiling in the pure joy of modest fun, where all participants cover their bodies handsomely without showing their skin or their form. Brigham Young chastized the sisters in Zion, telling them that it made them look uncomely to show their form, drawing their dresses tightly around their bodies as was the fashion in Babylon. He called upon the saints to make their own clothes, fashions, and culture all together. They succeeded at this for a long time, now it is up to us to create again a culture of Holiness To The Lord!
Even for intensive training and workouts, we don’t need thrashy trashy music. We can “get pumped” with compelling classical and vocal songs not involving overly repetitive and dulling tones or lyric.
- President Boyd K Packer of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles said this in a 2008 address titled “Lehi’s Dream and You” where he speaks of entertainment standards: “You live in a time of war, the spiritual war that will never end. War itself now dominates the affairs of mankind. Your world at war has lost its innocence. There is nothing, however crude or unworthy, that is not deemed acceptable for movies or plays or music or conversation. The world seems to be turned upside down (see 2 Peter 2:1–22). Formality, respect for authority, dignity, and nobility are mocked. Modesty and neatness yield to slouchiness and shabbiness in dress and grooming. The rules of honesty and integrity and basic morality are now ignored. Conversation is laced with profanity. You see that in art and literature, in drama and entertainment. Instead of being refined, they become coarse (see 1 Timothy 4:1–3; 2 Timothy 3:1–9). You have decisions almost every day as to whether you will follow those trends. You have many tests ahead. … Largely because of television, instead of looking over into that spacious building, we are, in effect, living inside of it. That is your fate in this generation. You are living in that great and spacious building. You will be safe if you look like and groom like and act like an ordinary Latter-day Saint … The mist of darkness will cover you at times so much that you will not be able to see your way even a short distance ahead. You will not be able to see clearly. But you can feelyour way. With the gift of the Holy Ghost, you can feelyour way ahead through life.”
- Elder Oaks taught that there are 2 lines of communication: the priesthood line and the personal line. If our personal line (our feeling) tells us something is okay, but the priesthood line (our priesthood leaders, especially the Apostles) say that something is not okay, we must not do it. Our choices must always be kept within the bounds which the Lord has set.
- President Ezra Taft Benson in an address titled Satan’s Thrustgiven December 1971 gave this specific warning against rock music. Surely this council can apply to any genre that is based in rebellion, rage, lust, and other debased characteristics: “It has been well said that “there comes a time when the general defilement of a society becomes so great that the rising generation is put under undue pressure and cannot be said to have a fair choice between the Way of Light and the Way of Darkness.” (Hugh Nibley, An Approach to the Book of Mormon,1957.) …The devil-inspired destructive forces are present in our literature, in our art, in the movies, on the radio, in our dress, in our dances, on the TV screen, and even in our modern, so-called popular music. Satan uses many tools to weaken and destroy the home and familyand especially our young people. Today, as never before, it seems the devil’s thrust is directed at our youth. A letter from a concerned father about the evil effects of some popular music is one of many. I quote from this well-informed teacher of youth: “Music creates atmosphere. Atmosphere creates environment. Environment influences behavior. What are the mechanics of this process? Rhythm is the most physical element in music. It is the only element in music that can exist in bodily movement without benefit of sound. A mind dulled by drugs or alcohol can still respond to the beat. Loudness adds to muddling the mind. Sound magnified to the threshold of pain is of such physical violence as to block the higher processes of thought and reason. (And turning down the volume of this destructive music does not remove the other evils.) … Repetition to the extreme is another primitive rock device. …Gyrations, a twin to rock rhythm, are such that even clean hands and a pure heart cannot misinterpret their insinuations Darkness [and dimmed lights] is another facet of the rock scene. It is a black mass that deadens the conscience in a mask of anonymity. Identity lost in darkness shrinks from the normal feelings of responsibility. Strobe lights split the darkness in blinding shafts that reduce resistance like the lights of an interrogator’s third degree or the swinging pendulum of the hypnotist who would control your behavior. …The whole psychedelic design [this father continues] is a swinging door to drugs, sex, rebellion, and Godlessness. Combined with the screaming obscenities of the lyrics, this mesmerizing music has borne the fruit of filth. Leaders of the rock society readily proclaim their degeneracy. …And the most diabolical deceit of this infamy is that it denies evil to be an absolute. Our religion is one of absolutes and cannot be rationalized into a relativistic philosophy of the ‘liberal Mormons.’ We cannot safely rationalize away righteousness. “What could be more misguided than fear that ‘if rock music were not endorsed by our leaders, we may lose many young people.’ (MIA music committee.) Even now we are losing them to the songs of Satan, drugs, sex, riot, and apostasy. We could be well reminded by a message from the Mormon Miracle pageant: ‘Moroni knew that you cannot compromise with evil. If you do, evil always wins.’” (Richard Nibley, excerpts from letter.) “The hedonist, who proclaims “Do your thing,” who lives for sinful, so-called pleasure, is never happy. Behind his mask of mock gaiety lurks the inevitable tragedy of eternal death. Haunted by its black shadow, he trades the useful, happy life for the bleak forgetfulness of drugs, alcohol, sex, and rock.” (END OF BENSON QUOTATION)
- In “Worthy Music, Worthy Thoughts” by President Boyd K Packer (General Conference in October 1973, and reprinted in the New Era magazine in 2008 see https://www.lds.org/new-era/2008/04/worthy-music-worthy-thoughts?lang=eng): “Probably the greatest challenge and the most difficult thing you will face in mortal life is to learn to control your thoughts. In the Bibleit says, as a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Those who can control their thoughts have conquered themselves… Have you noticed that shady little thoughts may creep in from the wings and attract your attention in the middle of almost any performance and without any real intent on your part? These delinquent thoughts will try to upstage everybody. If you permit them to go on, all thoughts of any virtue will leave the stage. You will be left, because you consented to it, to the influence of unrighteous thoughts. If you yield to them, they will enact for you on the stage of your mind anything to the limits of your toleration. They may enact themes of bitterness, jealousy, or hatred. They may be vulgar, immoral, even depraved. When they have the stage, if you let them, they will devise the most clever persuasions to hold your attention. They can make it interesting all right, even convince you that they are innocent, for they are but thoughts… If you can say that a song is spiritually inspiring or that it urges you to see yourself in a more noble perspective, the music is worthwhile. If it merely entertains or lifts your spirits, then it also has a useful place. But if it makes you want to respond in a carnal, sensual way or to consider unrighteous desires, then that music should be avoided. It is not worthy… A wise man once said, “Music is one of the most forceful instruments for governing the mind.” Whether it governs in a positive way or a negative way is determined by what it brings onto the stage of your mind. If you can say that a song is spiritually inspiring or that it urges you to see yourself in a more noble perspective, the music is worthwhile. If it merely entertains or lifts your spirits, then it also has a useful place. But if it makes you want to respond in a carnal, sensual way or to consider unrighteous desires, then that music should be avoided. It is not worthy. There have always been those who take the beautiful things and corrupt them. It’s happened with nature; it’s happened with literature, drama, art; and it certainly has happened with music. For centuries it has been obvious that when the wrong kind of words are set to appealing music, songs can lead men astray. And music itself, by the way it is played, by its beat, by its intensity, can dull the spiritual sensitivity. We are living at a time when society is undergoing a subtle, but powerful, change. It is becoming more and more permissive in what it will accept in its entertainment. As a result, much of the music being performed by popular entertainers today seems to be more intended to agitate than to pacify, more to excite than to calm. Some musicians appear to openly promote unrighteous thoughts and action. Young people, you cannot afford to fill your minds with the unworthy music of our day. It is NOT HARMLESS. It can welcome onto the stage of your mind unworthy thoughts and set a tempo to which they dance and to which you may act. You degrade yourself when you identify with those things that at times surround extremes in music—the shabbiness, the irreverence, the immorality, the addictions. Such music is not worthy of you. Be selective in what you listen to and produce. It becomes part of you. It controls your thoughts and influences the lives of others as well. I would recommend that you go through your music and throw away that which promotes degrading thoughts. Such music ought not to belong to young people concerned with spiritual development. I don’t mean by this that all of today’s music produces unworthy thoughts. There is music today that builds understanding of people; music that inspires courage; music that awakens feelings of spirituality, reverence, happiness, and awareness of beauty… Let me say to you young leaders, pay careful attention to the music you plan for your activities… the breach between the Church and the world, with the extremes of its music, is wider in our day than ever in generations past….You must stand firm and not compromise with what you know is right and good; you must have the courage to turn the lights up and the music down when they don’t contribute to the kind of atmosphere that produces worthy thoughts; and YOU MUST INSIST ON HIGH STANDARDS OF DRESS AND PERFORMANCE FROM THOSE WHO ENTERTAIN as well as those who attend… The Lord Himself was prepared for His greatest test through the influence of music, for the scripture records, “And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives” (Mark 14:26)… As you young people involve yourselves with righteous and worthwhile things, keep your minds filled with worthy thoughts, for as a man thinketh so is he, and you will have the ability to accomplish those things that will bring fulfillment to your lives.”
- From the “For the Strength of Youth” church manual on entertainment: “Take care that your use of media does not dull your sensitivity to the Spirit or interfere with your personal relationships with others…If you are not sure whether something is appropriate to watch or listen to, talk to your parents and other adult leaders. The Holy Ghost will give you strength to make correct choices.”
And from the same on music/dance: “Choose carefully the music you listen to. Pay attention to how you feel when you are listening. Some music can carry evil and destructive messages. Do not listen to music that encourages immorality or glorifies violence through its lyrics, beat, or intensity. Do not listen to music that uses vulgar or offensive language or promotes evil practices. Such music can dull your spiritual sensitivity….Learn and sing the hymns. Hymns can lift your spirit, move you to righteous action, and help you withstand the temptations of the adversary…. Remember that the Spirit speaks with a still, small voice. If you listen to music constantly, you may not have the quiet time you need for thinking, feeling, and receiving spiritual guidance. Dancing can be fun and can provide an opportunity to meet new people. However, it too can be misused. When dancing, avoid full body contact with your partner. Do not use positions or moves that are suggestive of sexual or violent behavior or are otherwise inappropriate. Attend only those dances where dress, grooming, lighting, lyrics, music, and entertainment contribute to a wholesome atmosphere where the Spirit may be present.”
Music Therapy Playlists:
Recall that I suggest departing from musicians who are not of a good character. If a musician is openly evil or Satanic, I suggest not supporting even their “good” songs. If you find fault in the following playlists please contact me and assist me in my quest to use music for good.
For music playlists I’ve built, use this google drive link.
Playlists found in the above link: 50’s, 80’s, Abuse, Addiction, Adoption, Angel, Apostacy, Arabian, Attachment, Born Again, Brave New World, Breakup, Career, Celtic, Celtic Instrumental, Celtic Joy, Chastity, Children, Choral, Christ, Christmas, Clarinet, Classical, Confess, Country, Courage, Dance, Dating, Death, Depression, Destiny, Down No More, Down Once More, Dream, Drums, Duet, Epic Score, Eric Whitacre, Exaltation, Faith, Family, Forgive, Friend, Gender Roles, Grateful, Guitar, Heal, Hebrew Music, Holy Ghost Home, Hope, Humility, Identity, India, Indie, Joseph Smith, Joy, Judgement, Leadership, Mental Illness, Miracle, Missionary, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Musicals, Parenting, Peace, Persecution, Poor, Prayer, Pre-mortality, Repent, Resurrection, Romance, Sabbath Delight, Sacrifice, Soprano, Spanish, Speak/Transparency/Confess, Stay Awake, Stay Awake Intensity, Suicide, Technology/Media, Tenor, Victory in Christ, Violin, War, Work, Wow (favorites), Wow Plus, Wow Max
4. Some Favorite Musicians:
Note that I try to only include groups whose character is noble. Like President Packer said above, we should not only hold ourselves to high standards in modesty, but our entertainers too. If you find error in this short list of musicians, please speak to me and assist me in my quest to use music for good.
Artists/Groups listed here are very conservative, when it comes to bands who I can’t give a whole hearted endorsement to all of their music, I’ve reserved those few songs for the playlists on various topics, which you can find above.
TCATS (The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square)
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Cherish the Ladies
A Fine Frenzy
Goo Goo Dolls
Jimmy Eat World
The Temper Trap
Brian Stokes Mitchel
Musicals & Film Scores:
-Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
-Broadway: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
-Les Mesrables original recording and film soundtrack
-Man of La Mancha
-My Fair Lady
-The Sound of Music
-7 Brides for 7 Brothers
-Fiddler on the Roof
-Lord of the Rings by Hans Zimmer
-Batman Begins series by Hans Zimmer
-Pirates of the Carribean series
-Mission Impossible series
Shereya Goshal (Indian)
Sachin Jigar (Indian)
- R. Rahman (Indian)
Ari Goldwag (Hebrew)
Classical: (hard to go wrong here! This is my favorite genre. So here is a list taken from an article of the best 100 classical composers by digitaldreamdoor.com):
- Ludwig Van Beethoven – 1770-1827
2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 1756-1791
3. Johann Sebastian Bach – 1685-1750
4. Richard Wagner – 1813-1883
5. Joseph Haydn – 1732-1809
6. Johannes Brahms – 1833-1897
7. Franz Schubert – 1797-1828
8. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 1840-1893
9. George Frideric Handel – 1685-1759
10. Igor Stravinsky – 1882-1971
11. Robert Schumann – 1810-1856
12. Frederic Chopin – 1810-1849
13. Felix Mendelssohn – 1809-1847
14. Claude Debussy – 1862-1918
15. Franz Liszt – 1811-1886
16. Antonin Dvorak – 1841-1904
17. Giuseppe Verdi – 1813-1901
18. Gustav Mahler – 1860-1911
19. Antonio Vivaldi – 1678-1741
20. Richard Strauss – 1864-1949
21. Serge Prokofiev – 1891-1953
22. Dmitri Shostakovich – 1906-1975
23. Béla Bartók – 1881-1945
24. Hector Berlioz – 1803-1869
25. Anton Bruckner – 1824-1896
26. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – 1525-1594
27. Claudio Monteverdi – 1567-1643
28. Jean Sibelius – 1865-1957
29. Maurice Ravel – 1875-1937
30. Ralph Vaughan Williams – 1872-1958
31. Modest Mussorgsky – 1839-1881
32. Giacomo Puccini – 1858-1924
33. Henry Purcell – 1659-1695
34. Gioacchino Rossini – 1792-1868
35. Edward Elgar – 1857-1934
36. Sergei Rachmaninoff – 1873-1943
37. Camille Saint-Saëns – 1835-1921
38. Josquin Des Prez – c.1440-1521
39. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – 1844-1908
40. Carl Maria von Weber – 1786-1826
41. Jean-Philippe Rameau – 1683-1764
42. Jean-Baptiste Lully – 1632-1687
43. Gabriel Fauré – 1845-1924
44. Edvard Grieg – 1843-1907
45. Christoph Willibald Gluck – 1714-1787
46. Arnold Schoenberg – 1874-1951
47. Charles Ives – 1874-1954
48. Paul Hindemith – 1895-1963
49. Olivier Messiaen – 1908-1992
50. Aaron Copland – 1900-1990
51. Francois Couperin – 1668-1733
52. William Byrd – 1539-1623
53. Erik Satie – 1866-1925
54. Benjamin Britten – 1913-1976
55. Bedrick Smetana – 1824-1884
56. César Franck – 1822-1890
57. Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin – 1872-1915
58. Georges Bizet – 1838-1875
59. Domenico Scarlatti – 1685-1757
60. Georg Philipp Telemann – 1681-1767
61. Anton Webern – 1883-1945
62. Roland de Lassus – 1532-1594
63. George Gershwin – 1898-1937
64. Gaetano Donizetti – 1797-1848
65. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – 1714-1788
66. Archangelo Corelli – 1653-1713
67. Thomas Tallis – 1505-1585
68. Johann Strauss II – 1825-1899
69. Leos Janácek – 1854-1928
70. Guillaume de Machaut – 1300-1377
71. Alban Berg – 1885-1935
72. Alexander Borodin – 1833-1887
73. Vincenzo Bellini – 1801-1835
74. Charles Gounod – 1818-1893
75. Jules Massenet – 1842-1912
76. Francis Poulenc – 1899-1963
77. Giovanni Gabrieli – 1554-1612
78. Pérotin – 1160-1225
79. Heinrich Schütz – 1585-1672
80. John Cage – 1912-1992
81. Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – 1710-1736
82. John Dowland – 1563-1626
83. Gustav Holst – 1874-1934
84. Dietrich Buxtehude – 1637-1707
85. Ottorino Respighi – 1879-1936
86. Guillaume Dufay – 1400-1474
87. Hugo Wolf – 1860-1903
88. Carl Nielsen – 1865-1931
89. William Walton – 1902-1983
90. Darius Milhaud – 1892-1974
91. Orlando Gibbons – 1583-1625
92. Giacomo Meyerbeer – 1791-1864
93. Samuel Barber – 1910-1981
94. Tomás Luis de Victoria – 1549-1611
95. Léonin – 1135-1201
96. Manuel de Falla – 1876-1946
97. Hildegard von Bingen – 1098-1179
98. Mikhail Glinka – 1804-1857
99. Alexander Glazunov – 1865-1936
100. Don Carlo Gesualdo – 1566-1613