By the Beautiful Blue Danube Opus 314
Johann Strauss (II)

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Arguably the most famous waltz in the world falls 25 places

By the Beautiful Blue Danube demonstrates that Johann Strauss the younger deserved his nickname 'King of the Waltz'. Given its popularity today, it's surprising to consider that By the Beautiful Blue Danube was by no means an instant hit. This piece of music, so indelibly linked with the city of Vienna, first found favour in Paris after Viennese audiences had slightly turned their noses up at it.