The best classical music playlists to suit your every mood

30 June 2022, 16:13 | Updated: 4 August 2022, 16:58

The best classical music playlists to suit your every mood
The best classical music playlists to suit your every mood. Picture: Alamy
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By Classic FM

Whatever your mood, choose the right soundtrack for you with Classic FM’s wide-ranging playlists, exclusive to Global Player.

They say music is the language of the soul. Whether you’re in need of a moment of calm, or a musical tonic to match your mood, there’s almost nothing the perfect playlist can’t cater to.

But life is busy, and not all of us have the hours in the day to craft hours-long playlists for every occasion. Allow us to do the heavy lifting for you...

All curated by Classic FM, we have a brilliant selection of live playlists exclusively available on Global Player. From movie and video game music anthems, to relaxing piano melodies, find out more about them below.

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  1. For popular classical music: Classic FM Hall of Fame

    Every Easter, we count down the world’s biggest poll of classical music tastes – from symphonies and concertos, to sonatas and film scores. Relive the Top 100 pieces of music, as voted for by you in 2022.

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    Classic FM Hall of Fame Live Playlist 2022
    Classic FM Hall of Fame Live Playlist 2022. Picture: Global
  2. For relaxing music: Classic FM Relax

    From Dvořák, Grieg and Schubert, to Brahms and Vaughan Williams, this is the most relaxing classical music you’ll find – compiled just for you, in our curated playlist of calming melodies.

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    Classic FM Relax playlist
    Classic FM Relax playlist. Picture: Global Player
  3. For the film fans: Classic FM at the Movies

    Thousands of our listeners voted in this poll to find out the nation’s 100 favourite film themes of all time. From John Williams blockbusters to Bernard Herrmann classics, here are the moving movie melodies you chose.

    Listen now >

    Classic FM at the Movies
    Classic FM at the Movies. Picture: Classic FM
  4. For sunny melodies: Classical Summertime

    Sunny weather calls for sunny melodies. From Gershwin to Albéniz, hear some of the most beautiful, bright pieces of music in our Classical Summertime playlist.

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    Classical Summertime live playlist
    Classical Summertime live playlist. Picture: Global Player
  5. For calming music and wellbeing tips: Inner Harmony with Dr Alex George

    Unwind with the UK’s Youth Mental Health Ambassador Dr Alex George, as he shares the positive effects of listening to classical music alongside his best tips on maintaining physical and mental health. Dr Alex also plays some of the most calming music ever written, and learns some wellbeing secrets from the great composers, in this live playlist stream.

    Listen now >

    Inner Harmony with Dr Alex George
    Inner Harmony with Dr Alex George. Picture: Global
  6. For the classical hits: Essential Classical

    Looking to begin your classical music journey? Our Essential Classical playlist showcases only the essential works from the essential composers, from Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert, to Williams and Tchaikovsky.

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    Essential Classical live playlist
    Essential Classical live playlist. Picture: Global Player
  7. For the families: A Pocketful of Music with Julia Donaldson

    Best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson joins Classic FM for A Pocketful of Music – a coming-together of fun and famous classical pieces for all the family to enjoy. The playlist features music from Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals and The Nutcracker, excerpts from The Gruffalo, Superworm and Zog, and original songs written and performed by Julia.

    Listen now >

    A Pocketful of Music with Julia Donaldson
    A Pocketful of Music with Julia Donaldson. Picture: Global
  8. For the students: Classic FM Revision

    Classical music can make the perfect soundtrack for concentration. Let Debussy, Bach and Vaughan Williams keep you company during long homework sessions and exam revision.

    Listen now >

    Classic FM Revision playlist
    Classic FM Revision playlist. Picture: Global Player
  9. For the pet-lovers: Classic FM Music for Pets

    Classical music can have a wonderful, calming affect on animals. We’ve created a purr-fectly peaceful playlist of pieces to help your four-legged friends – and you – relax. Our selection of pet-friendly music may be particularly beneficial during fireworks season.

    Listen now >

    Music for Pets playlist
    Music for Pets playlist. Picture: Global Player
  10. For Valentine’s Day: Classic FM Romantic Classics

    From Elgar to Puccini, delight in classical music’s most romantic melodies, all in one continuous, looping stream. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a candlelit night in...

    Listen now >

    Classic FM Romantic Classics playlist
    Classic FM Romantic Classics playlist. Picture: Global Player
  11. For the gamers: Classic FM Video Game Music

    Video game scores have some of the most evocative melodies out there, and music from the likes of Final Fantasy and The Elder Scrolls make for a playlist as exciting and vibrant as the games they originate from.

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    Classic FM Video Game Music playlist
    Classic FM Video Game Music playlist. Picture: Global Player
  12. For chilled-out classical: Calm Piano

    From master of piano minimalism Ludovico Einaudi, to the warm and gentle melodies of TV and film composer Rachel Portman, unwind with the most relaxing piano pieces ever created, brought to you by Classic FM and Smooth Chill.

    Listen now >

    Calm Piano playlist
    Calm Piano playlist. Picture: Global
  13. For the small-screen fans: Classic FM TV Music Countdown

    TV is home to some of the catchiest musical earworms you’ll find. From Miss Marple to Thunderbirds, Inspector Morse to Sherlock, here are the Top 50 TV themes you voted for in our countdown with Radio Times.

    Listen now >

    Classic FM TV Music Countdown
    Classic FM TV Music Countdown. Picture: Global Player

Find even more playlists, podcasts and live radio here on Global Player.