My tastes are far too eclectic. I’ll stick to just a couple genera. It makes some people go crazy when I go from a Lassus Lamentation to a Die Antwoord rap to an Allison Krauss and the Union Station Band ballad.
In roughly chronological order.
Sumer is Icumen in : one of the oldest songs in English and the oldest 6 part round in Europe.
Anything by Lassus is fantastic.
Calata ala spagnola (after Joan Ambrosio Dalza). Best ear worm in the world. It’s my ring tone.
Speaking of ear worms you can’t beat La Folia. Little tidbit, after listening to this go listen to Brittney Spear’s “Oops I Did it Again”.
Brandonburg No. 2 (it’s hard to find recordings of Wachet Auf on YouTube using period instruments which was my first choice).
You can’t have just one Bach. This piece made me fall in love with Baroque music. I listened to it several times a day in high school.
Beethoven can pull at the heart strings when he wants to. Movement 2 of Symphony No. 3
OK, I’m jumping over a lot but wanted something happy after that funeral march. Holst’s Jupiter!
4th Movement of Mahler’s 1’st Symphony
Philip Glass’s Koyaanisqatsi (or pretty much anything by Glass really). Going to see “Einstein on the Beach” is a bucket list item.
Brian Eno 2 Variations on Pachelbell Canon in D Major
Say it’s Only a Paper Moon by Ella Fitzgerald, let you think I only listen to classical stuff.
Swinging on a Star sung by Bing Crosby
I used to sing these last two to my son when he was a baby.
Glenn Miller Moonlight Serenade
Duke Ellington It Don’t Mean a Thing
That’s enough for now (my compile finished ). I could do this all day (or night as the current case may be here).
And for the record, my wife just bought a medieval bagpipe (she is a professional early woodwind player).