Friday, January 27, 2023

VA - Somewhere Classical, Rock and Pop Songs Inspired by Classical Music (A Butterboy Compilation) + VA - Classical Somewhere, Classical Music that Inspired Rock and Pop (A Butterboy Compilation) (4 x CDs)



VA - Somewhere Classical, Rock and Pop Songs Inspired by Classical Music (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+ CD2. 


VA - Classical Somewhere, Classical Music that Inspired Rock and Pop (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+ CD2.

Over the last 400 years of music classical music has long been the inspiration for new music. Classical music is a great source of inspiration for songwriters. Countless pop and rock songs have been based on classical pieces, with some of the most influential pieces spawning multiple songs! 

Rock music and classical music might seem like they would be completely opposed to one another. But there are a surprisingly large number of instances where these two seemingly adversarial worlds cross over. There are instances where rock music that has 'borrowed' passages pretty much straight from recognizable classical music.

Presented here are 51 tracks of Rock and Pop tracks that are clearly inspired by classical music. Also presented are 33 classical pieces that were referenced inspiration for their rock and pop counterparts. Each set could stand alone however, it's a better experience to hear the rock and pop versions and then listen to the classical pieces. See how these songs fit together. For those who don't normally listen to classical music you may find a new appreciation for it when comparing the tracks chosen here. I hope you enjoy these. 






Track lists

(Track, Artist, Song title, (Composer, Musical piece)

Somewhere Classical CD1 

01 Matt Monro Somewhere (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake) 3:33

02 Jethro Tull Bouree (Johann Sebastian Bach, Bouree in E Minor) 3:45

03 Eric Carmen All By Myself (Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor) 4:54

04 Beatles Penny Lane (Johann Sebastian Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major) 3:00

05 Tom Petty Alright For Now (Antonin Leopold Dvorak, American Suite) 2:00

06 Renaissance Cold Is Being (Remo Giazotto, Adagio in G minor) (Tomaso Albinoni, Adagio in G minor for strings and organ) 3:04

07 Aphrodite's Child Rain And Tears (Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D Major) 3:06

08 Queen It's a Hard Life (Ruggero Leoncavallo, Vesti la giubba, from Pagliacci) 4:08

09 Muse The Globalist (Edward Elgar, Nimrod, Enigma Variations) 10:07

10 Toys A Lovers Concerto (Christian Petzold, Minuet in G major) 2:34

11 Led Zeppelin Friends (Gustav Holst, Mars,The Bringer of War. (From The Planets) 3:54

12 Emerson, Lake & Palmer I Believe In Father Christmas (Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Troika, Lieutenant Kije Suite) 3:19

13 Sting Russians (Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Lieutenant Kije Suite.) 3:58

14 Beach Boys Lady Linda (Johann Sebastian Bach, Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring) 3:58

15 David Bowie Life On Mars (Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18) 3:55

16 Bright Eyes Road to Joy (Ludwig van Beethoven, Ode to Joy theme, Symphony No. 9) 3:55

17 Doors Light My Fire (Johann Sebastian Bach, Invention No. 8 in F major) 7:06

18 Beatles Blackbird (Johann Sebastian Bach, Bouree in E Minor) 2:18

19 Billy Joel This Night (Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata No 8 Pathetique, 2nd movement) 4:16

20 John Denver Annie's Song (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5) 3:01

21 Phil Collins Groovy Kind Of Love (Muzio Clementi, Sonatina in G minor, Op. 36, No. 5.) 3:30

22 Annie Haslam Going Home (Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)) 5:05

23 Lukas Graham Better Than Yourself (Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Moonlight Sonata) 4:26

24 Rick Wakeman Jane Seymour (Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor) 4:50

25 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Knife Edge (Leos Janacek, The Sinfonietta (Military Sinfonietta or Sokol Festival)) 5:03

Somewhere Classical CD2

26 Beatles Because (Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Moonlight Sonata (backwards)) 2:45

27 Procol Harum A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Johann Sebastian Bach, Air on the G String Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major) 4:03

28 Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling in Love (Jean-Paul-Egide Martini, Plaisir d'Amour) 3:00

29 Eric Carmen Never Gonna Fall In Love Again (Sergei Rachmaninoff, third movement from Symphony No. 2) 3:45

30 Barry Manilow Could It Be Magic (Frederic Francois Chopin, Prelude in C minor, Opus 28, Number 20) 6:49

31 Manfred Mann's Earth Band Joybringer (Gustav Holst, Jupiter from The Planets Suite) 3:33

32 Fireballet Night On Bald Mountain   (Night on Bald Mountain (Finale) (Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain) 18:58

33 Fireballet The Engulfed Cathedrale (Claude Debussy, Prelude La cathedrale engloutie) 4:39

34 Dan Fogelberg Same Old Lang Syne (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture) 5:15

35 Doors Hyacinth House (Frederic Francois Chopin, Polonaise Heroique, Op. 53, No. 6 in A-flat Major) 3:11

36 White Stripes Seven Nation Army (Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major) 3:50

37 Take That Never Forget (Giuseppe Verdi, Requiem, Tuba mirum) 5:32

38 Oasis Don't Look Back In Anger (Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D Major) 4:48

39 Maroon 5 Memories 3:09 39 Memories (Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D Minor) 3:09

40 Robbie Williams Party Like A Russian (Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Dance of the Knights) 3:03

41 Serge Gainsbourg Initials B.B. (Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) 3:36

42 Farm All Together Now (Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D Major) 5:40

43 Deep Purple April (Ludwig van Beethoven, ) 12:05

44 Radiohead Exit Music (For A Film) (Frederic Francois Chopin, Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28, No. 4) 4:24

45 Kraftwerk Tour De France (Paul Hindemith, Sonata for Flute and Piano) 5:12

46 Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D Major) 3:41

47 Cougars Saturday Nite At The Duck-Pond (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake , Op. 20) 2:15

48 Muse Plug In Baby (Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor) 3:38

49 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath (Gustav Holst, Mars,The Bringer of War. (from The Planets) 6:18

50 Move Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker & Johann Sebastian Bach, Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring) 7:43

51 Little Mix Little Me (Gabriel Faure, Pavane) Bonus 4:20

Classical Somewhere CD1

01 Johann Sebastian Bach Air On The G String Orchestral Suite No. 3 In D Major 3:35

02 Gabriel Faure Pavane 6:08

03 Frederic Francois Chopin Prelude In E Minor, Op. 28, No. 4 2:32

04 Johann Sebastian Bach Bouree In E Minor 1:28

05 Luigi Boccherini Minuet For String Orchestra 3:40

06 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 6:05

07 Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9 (From The New World) Largo 2:49

08 Remo Giazotto Adagio In G Minor, (Tomaso Albinoni,  Adagio In G Minor For Strings And Organ) 5:51

09 Paul Hindemith Sonata For Flute And Piano 15:16

10 Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 In C Minor 11:03

11 Ludwig Van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 In C Sharp Minor, Moonlight Sonata 3:59

12 Muzio Clementi Sonatina In G Minor, Op. 36, No. 5 9:26

13 Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F Major 3:05

14 Johann Pachelbel Canon In D Major 4:23

15 Christian Petzold Minuet In G Major 1:45

16 Frederic Francois Chopin Prelude In C Minor, Opus 28, Number 20 2:33

17 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Dance Of The Reed-Pipes From The Nutcracker 2:36

18 Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata And Fugue In D Minor 8:48

19 Gustav Holst Mars,The Bringer Of War 7:08

20 Ludwig Van Beethoven Sonata No 8 Pathetique, 2nd Movement 5:28

Classical Somewhere CD2

21 Frederic Francois Chopin Polonaise Heroique, Op. 53, No. 6 In A-Flat Major 7:00

22 Antonin Leopold Dvorak American Suite 22:34

23 Gustav Holst Jupiter From The Planets Suite 7:52

24 Claude Debussy Preludes,  La Cathédrale Engloutie 7:17

25 Johann Sebastian Bach French Suite No.1 In D Minor 12:21

26 Jean-paul-egide Martini Plaisir D'amour 3:35

27 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet No. 21 In D Major 23:23

28 Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Dance Of The Knights 3:40

29 Ruggero Leoncavallo Vesti La Giubba, From Pagliacci 4:11

30 Modest Mussorgsky Night On Bald Mountain 9:40

31 Giuseppe Verdi Requiem, Tuba Mirum 1:57

32 Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Troika, Lieutenant Kije Suite 2:36

33 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker 1:14:02




  1. Another masterpiece by BB. It is truly amazing - when I grew older, starting exploiting classical music - I was completely blown away, how many songs I was already familiar with from younger years, when listening to pop stars...
    Worth to check particular album by Mr.Malcolm McLaren - he eventualy made the whole pop album from classical pieces. Thanks again BB.

    1. That is very kind of you, StoneRose.
      I will Check out the Malcolm McLaren album.

  2. Great idea Butterboy I always liked these concepts also with different languages (French, Italian, etc) many thanks for the discs!

    1. Thanks, Little Bill.
      Hope you will enjoy this set.

  3. Thanks Crab Devil.
    Just trying to be different.

  4. Replies
    1. Ji John,
      Like I said to Crab Devil above, just trying a different approach that we often don't look at.
      All music has an ancestry and Classical music is a rich source of ideas too.

  5. Bonsoir BB,
    Pour changer un peu, ce soir, commentaire en français.
    Très bonne proposition de morceaux de musique classique revus et corrigés par des artistes dont ce n'est pas le fonds de commerce musical habituel. Toutefois je te propose de commencer une nouvelle liste pour une autre série future :
    Beggars Opera / Poet and Peasant (Franz von Suppé) - LP Vertigo 6360 018 de 1970
    Beggars Opera / Light Cavalry (Franz von Suppé) - LP Vertigo 6360 018 de 1970
    Brian Auger and Trinity / Pavane (Gabriel Fauré) - LP Befour RCA Victor de 1970
    Procol Harum / Adagio di Albinoni (Tomaso Albinoni) et The Blue Danube (Johann von Strauss) - uniquement sur le 7" Chrysalis CHA 141 France de 1976 - ce dernier titre a été joué en public au festival d'Orange (FR) en 1975.
    On peut aussi se rappeler du groupe néerlandais Ekseption qui accumula des reprises de compositeurs classiques ; sur leur 1er album de 1969, on trouve 6 titres sur 10 qui sont des interprétations de musique classique à savoir : The 5th de Ludwig van Beethoven, Sabre Dance d'Aram Khatchatourian, Air de Johann Sebastian Bach, Ritual Fire Dance de Manuel de Falla, Rhapsody in Blue de Georges Gershwin et Dance Macabre Opus 40 de Camille Saint-Saëns.
    A plus, amicalement,

    1. Hi Dominique.
      Glad you liked it.
      There will always be more songs to include, and a second volume may just be the answer. Thanks for the suggestions. I am always open to suggestions.

    2. Hello BB,
      within my collect, I found that following track :
      Vanilla Fudge / Für Elise (Beethoven)

  6. BB This is fun. Thanks.
    As I dl'd this I was wondering how many people would be interested in this. What kind of numbers do you get on all your postings? I noticed the top 70 years collection only got 7 thank you's. I am sure there were many takers. This is of course a sticking point for many blog owners. Just an idle thought, but I want you to know I really, really, really appreciate all you do. (and K)

    1. Thank you, lemonflag.
      I truly appreciate your loyalty and support.
      I share the music I listen to with the idea that some will have them, and some will not have them. Whichever way, the music is always eclectic, and it seems that many enjoy this format. You know with my own compilations I like a mix of the new and the old. As far as comments go, they are always well below the number of downloads. I am grateful for every comment received and realise that the downloads still must be doing some good to many. I just love sharing as does K.
      Thanks again, lemonflag.

  7. The first thing I want is to thank you for all the good music that you kindly share on your blog. Therefore, thank you very much. Referring specifically to this new collection, just to tell you how much I liked it and how interesting it seems to me, especially when it includes the classic pieces that the "modern" songs are inspired by. Quite a find with a magnificent result. Thank you again and much encouragement with your blog.

    1. Hi Antonio,
      Thank you very much for your kind words and thoughtful comments. We all share something in our hearts and minds that connects with music. We may not all like the same piece of music but from time to time the music brings us closer. I believe that music is healing and keeps us young whether it Classical or Rock, Jazz or Punk, Experimental or Soul. I hope you will find more in the future that you will connect with.

  8. Hi Charlie,
    Thank you. I hope you will enjoy it whenever you listen to it.

  9. Another excellent post. You really do spoil us with these wonderful collections.
    Many thanks

    1. Thank you, andymann.
      Appreciated. I hope BB Comps continues to delight.

  10. I got to know your website through a recommendation - and I must confess: I am overwhelmed. To be so knowledgeable in selecting so many different styles and songs and then to make them available - that's just great. Your compilations are so extensive that I would hardly have thought them possible. Because actually, years ago I started compiling an hour of music for my wife and me every evening - always under a different theme. I thought only I could be so crazy as to have compiled several hundred lists by now. And whether it's classical themes in popular music, for example, or whistling or handclapping - you've easily eclipsed all my efforts. I know how much work it is - all the more I admire your perseverance, your skill and your taste. Please keep going. You are unique. And thank you very much for everything.

    1. Hi ingolf,
      I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. My hope is always that people enjoy what I post.
      I have posted a new compilation weekly for years now and it a real joy to do. I am glad to hear that the topics are favourable. There is a weekly segment called MY Compilations. You are welcome to submit some of your efforts too. Fine details and guidelines here:

  11. These two sets are very interesting and somewhat juxtaposed compilations, BB!
    Special recognition/congrats for cover art on the first, Somewhere Classical, set.
    If I'd found it on display in a store, I may have purchased that by the cover alone!

    1. What a wonderful accolade, mrRadio.
      I always try to choose artwork that is appealing.
      Glad you like it.
      This set was received extremely well buy my visitors for which I am happy.

  12. Hi Butterboy,
    Do you have any new valid links?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi jvced2k.
      Thanks for letting me know about dead links. I will reupload them as I can. I can't say how long at the moment but hopefully not too long.

    2. Hi jvced2k,
      New links established, tested and working.