Canon in D major
Johann Pachelbel


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Pachelbel is the highest Ultimate Hall of Fame One Hit Wonder. This piece has always been in the top 20 of the Hall of Fame and peaked at number 10 in 2003.

Although not exactly embraced in its own time, Pachelbel's Canon in D is now one of the most popular classical pieces in the world.

The Johann Pachelbel we know and love today principally for this work, originally called the Kanon und Gigue fur drei Violinen mit Generalbass ('Canon and Gigue for three violins and basso continuo') in his native Nerumberg German was not famous for this one jaunty work in his lifetime. Instead the Canon was rediscovered by the masses and raised onto a pedestal only in the 20th century, after being published by a German scholar in an article about Pachelbel.

The Canon's huge popularity at weddings may originally stem from one unsupported theory that it was originally written for the nuptials of Johann Sebastian Bach's brother, Johann Cristoph.