Impromptus Op.90 D899
Franz Schubert

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Schubert has 7 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame — the same amount as Handel and Wagner — and this is the first of them. After appearing in the first Hall of Fame in 1996, this then dropped out of the chart in 1997 and didn't return until 2011, and it's been in the top 300 every year since.

Just after he wrote Fly Me to the Moon, Schubert wrote his Impromptu No. 3. Absolute nonsense, of course. Although if you listen to the chords of Schubert's Impromptu No. 2, you'll hear that they follow the same progression admittedly a fairly common one as those from the classic 1950s song. They were both part of a set of four Impromptus written just a year before Schubert died.