Musicals The Best Opera Songs  

Buster McDermott
Originally by
23.9k votes 9.8k voters 1M views 81 items
We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, Ranker may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

What are the best opera songs of all time? With so many possibilities and choices, it's hard to come up with a definitive list, but that's exactly what's going on here. This list includes some of the most popular opera arias from the best operas ever, complete with videos, wherever possible. Vote for the opera songs you love the most, vote down any you don't like and please, do add any choices that might be missing. You can also re-rank this list of the best opera songs any way you like. From classic opera to Italian operatic songs, this list has them all! 

If you're an opera aficionado, most if not all of these great opera songs will be instantly familiar to you. If you're sitting there thinking, "I don't know the first thing about opera," you might be wrong. Many of the most famous opera arias are used in popular culture. Some are used as background music for commercials and certainly for movie trailers.

One big example of an opera song used in pop culture is "The Flower Duet," from the French opera Lakme. This song can be found in several commercials and movies, including ads for British Airways and the films The Hunger, The American President and Meet the Parents, among others. And Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," from his famous opera Die Walküre, can be heard in several major films, including Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now.

See? Even if you think you don't know opera, you do, sort of. You will after perusing this list and watching some of the videos, too.

No list of the best opera songs would be complete without songs from one of the most famous operas ever, George Bizet's Carmen. Of those songs, "Habanera" is probably the most well-known, but there are many others. If your favorite Carmen aria isn't listed, again, feel free to add it.

A truly outstanding opera song is memorable, emotional and very personal. Not everyone likes the same things – that's part of what makes music so wonderful, after all. Everyone has differing opinions, so enjoy giving yours with your votes here.

1
2,564 718
Ranker Video
Greg Stopera added

2
1,712 538
Ranker Video
André Rieu

3
1,485 337
Ranker Video

4
1,540 520
Ranker Video

5
1,022 182
Ranker Video

6
722 218
Ranker Video

7
371 83
Ranker Video
roxbury added Giacomo Puccini

8
611 227
Ranker Video

9
571 149
Ranker Video

10
477 138
Ranker Video
deathmanx98 added

11
330 55
Ranker Video
BitzNera added Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lucia Popp

12
562 108
Ranker Video

13
431 128
Ranker Video

14
550 199
Ranker Video

15
332 99
Ranker Video

16
287 82
Ranker Video

17
221 51
Ranker Video
BrianRice added Luciano Pavarotti

18
207 34
La Donna E Mobile is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Opera Songs
PierfrancescoManenti added Luciano Pavarotti

19
285 78
Ranker Video

20
291 53
Ranker Video

21
302 123
Ranker Video
akimiko added Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli

22
258 105
Ranker Video

23
206 54
Ranker Video
mohammadreza-ashari added Luciano Pavarotti

24
193 47
Ranker Video

25
143 46
Ranker Video
BeatriceMeltemiFanetti added