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Since 1942 over 22,000 tracks have been chosen by our castaways.

Castaways' Top Tracks

When we looked for the most popular track choices we made the decision to consider symphonies as one track choice and not to treat individual movements as separate tracks. With sung works like operas and The Messiah we decided to consider arias individually, a bit like tracks on an album. This is partly because castaways will often nominate a whole symphony as a track without specifying a movement eg Brahms Symphony No 1, but when they choose an opera they will usually pick a named aria e.g. "Nessun Dorma".

  1. 1Beethoven - Symphony No 9 in D minor 'Choral'

  2. 2Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor

  3. 3Schubert - String Quintet in C major

  4. 4Beethoven Symphony No 6 in F Major 'Pastoral'

  5. 5Elgar - Pomp & Circumstance March no 1 in D Major 'Land of Hope and Glory'

  6. 5Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 5 in E Flat Major 'Emperor'

  7. 7Elgar - Enigma Variations Nimrod

  8. 8Beethoven - Symphony No 7 in A major

Castaways' Top Artists

The eight most-requested artists on Desert Island Discs, and the number of times they were chosen, from 1942 to 2011.


  1. 1Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  2. 2Ludwig van Beethoven

  3. 3Johann Sebastian Bach

  4. 4Franz Schubert

  5. 5Giuseppe Verdi

  6. 6Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  7. 7Sir Edward Elgar

  8. 8Giacomo Puccini

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