The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music

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beethovenheadphones   The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical MusicWhat’s better than a quiet afternoon reading with a nice cup of tea? Not much, but you can try adding some free classical music playing in the background. Well, obviously not all of you will agree. But if it sounded good to you, read on.

Classical music is loved by many and misunderstood by many more. On the Internet however, it doesn’t matter if you’re well versed in classical music history or could instantly recognise a Handel piece when you heard it or not. There’s plenty of experts out there programming the best works for their audiences. All you have to do is take a listen and see what you like.

Tactics First

Where will you find classical music to listen to online?

Classical Music Internet Radio Stations

The easiest way to listen to classical music online is to find a digital classical music radio station. This takes no time at all and you may realise that you’ve found yourself with so many great options that you never even consider the alternatives.

Since the radio stations change URL every now and then, plus there’s a plethora to choose from, I’ll point you in the direction of some great collections of digital classical music radio stations. These could easily become your go-to sites to listen to classical music.

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There are a number of fantastic ways to get free classical MP3s online, which we’ve already covered in detail on MakeUseOf.

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There are many social networking music exploration sites. Not all of them feature classical music, but the larger ones certainly do.

uWall TV Classical Splash   The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music

1. Shoutcast Internet Radio Directory

Shoutcast has one of the most comprehensive directories of Internet radio stations. It also keeps track of listener counts and can therefore list the stations in order of popularity for you, so top UK and US stations are nice and easy to find. Not only can you browse the classical genre, but you can browse sub-genres as well, such as baroque or choral music. Perfect if you’re in the mood for something specific.

Shoutcast Classical   The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music

2. Live 365 Internet Radio Directory

Live 365 is another huge Internet radio directory, so you’ll find plenty of radio sites to listen to. Just click on the “Classical” genre and you’ll be presented with the most listened to classical radio stations in the directory, plus related genres. To the left, you’ll see the station from the top of the list, ready to play and showing you the current track if possible.

Also, when you play a station, you’re automatically given a list of related stations. This makes changing your choice and exploration even easier.

Live 365 Classical   The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music

3. Classical Web Cast

Classical Web Cast is a simple, but well-curated list of only classical music and divides their collection into three distinct lists: USA, Europe and the Rest of the World. It even features quite a few Australian radio stations.

Classic Webcast Rest of the world   The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music

4. Listen Live EU

Listen Live EU is a simple, yet thorough list of European radio stations, and has a section dedicated to classical music stations in Europe. Since you’re only listening for the music, it doesn’t matter if you can understand the commentary or not. Dive in and have a listen!

ListenLiveEU Classical   The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music

5. MusOpen

Try MusOpen to download some legal, free classical MP3s. It’s a good way to explore and to be able to keep the classical music you listen to and like.

MusOpen   The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music

6. Grooveshark

Grooveshark has an amazing collection of music. For classical music, just head to the main site and choose the “Classical” genre from the genre options on the left.

Grooveshark   The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music

7. Pandora

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Pandora is available to those of you in the US. Just type in any classical composer you like and it will take you from there.

8. Last.fm

Last.fm will let you listen to any genre of music you like by choosing a given tag radio. Check out the Classical tag radio and keep an eye out for similar tags you might try later. This should keep you busy for a while!

Last.fm Classical Tag Radio   The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music

9. YouTube

Don’t forget YouTube has plenty of music on it. Search for “Classical” to find users who focus on classical music, listen to classical music playlists and more.

Or check out many more ways to play music on YouTube.

YouTube Classical   The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music

10. uWall Classical

There’s a great service called uWall, which makes listening to music on YouTube really easy. Check out their Classical genre for some quick listening.

uWall.tv Classical   The Top 10 Sites To Listen To Classical Music

I hope that keeps you busy listening to classical music for a while. If you’ve got any favourite online classical radio stations, please feel free to tell us in the comments!

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Gil

Another resource is Amazon.com. Every so often they offer things like “greatest works of Chopin”, either for free or for a very low price of ~$2 for 50 tracks. Just go to the music section and search for things with a cost of $0

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Gil

Another resource is Amazon.com. Every so often they offer things like “greatest works of Chopin”, either for free or for a very low price of ~$2 for 50 tracks. Just go to the music section and search for things with a cost of $0

Angela Alcorn

Thanks for the tip!

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Ram

http://www.allclassical.org
Awesome Station based in Portland, Oregon

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Ram

http://www.allclassical.org
Awesom station based in Portland, OR, US

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Oron Joffe

Great article! One of the things I particularly like about Youtube is that they have many videos of historical recordings, of great performers and composers (Pablo Casals, Maria Callas, Gershwin, Ravel to name but a few). Incredible stuff!

Angela Alcorn

It’s true. Especially with so many choirs and orchestras recording their own performances, you can get to hear so many pieces and interpretations which would otherwise be impossible to get hold of.

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musik flatrate

My best sources for classical music are some youtube channels and radios for the most time! I am from Germany and here are a lot of classical radio stations.

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Ram

http://www.allclassical.org
Awesome Station based in Portland, Oregon

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Dav532000

I also like Nexus Radio, Spotify is also good but it will cost you now but you can pay monthly like my son does.

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Kay

I live in a place where they’ve cut classical music on the radio down to a two hour “insomniacs” slot, so thanks for showing me a path out of the cultural desert.

Angela Alcorn

Oh my. Lucky for you, you have the internet. :)

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Dennis

Re Kay’s comment does she live in South Africa? SABC now broadcast classical music only between 4 & 6 am on Saturdays and Sundays so this is fast becoming a country of musical illiterates.

Dennis (Durban, kwa-Zulu Natal)

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Dennis

Re Kay’s comment does she live in South Africa? SABC now broadcast classical music only between 4 & 6 am on Saturdays and Sundays so this is fast becoming a country of musical illiterates.

Dennis (Durban, kwa-Zulu Natal)

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Patoleary

we7 (http://www.we7.com) is a similar streaming service to spotify or Last FM – worth checking out if it works in your country though their classical selection is a bit limited so far.

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Patoleary

we7 (www.we7.com) is a similar streaming service to spotify or Last FM – worth checking out if it works in your country though their classical selection is a bit limited so far.

Aibek

thanks for the tip

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Guest

I like this – Otto’s 1FM http://bit.ly/vBRWq

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Guest

I like this – Otto’s 1FM http://bit.ly/vBRWq

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The__orb

what about itunes radio??? its too easy….

Angela Alcorn

True – it’s the same stations as elsewhere, but they do make it very easy!

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Pamela Dooner

then there’s Linn radio, it has a classical and jazz option. High quality at 320Kbps: http://radio.linnrecords.com/

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Pamela Dooner

then there’s Linn radio, it has a classical and jazz option. High quality at 320Kbps: http://radio.linnrecords.com/

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Caldo B

Radio swiss classical is really great (as it is radio swiss jazz)

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Alucard

I like the Notiloo Internet Radio, you can get it at http://www.tekcods.com/, easy and Cool =D

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Alucard

I like the Notiloo Internet Radio, you can get it at http://www.tekcods.com/, easy and Cool =D

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