Radetzky March
Johann Strauss (I)


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The highest of Strauss I's two entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has appeared in all bar two of the Hall of Fame charts and was at its highest position of 139 in 2002.

The Radetzky March was composed in 1848 and is so named because of its dedication to Field Marshal Radetzky, a senior member of the Austrian army who successfully led an assault in Italy that same year.

Nowadays, the piece is rarely heard without incessant clapping over the top; it's always played to end the famous New Year's day concert in Vienna, with the audience encouraged to applaud the arrival of another year.