135 Great Music Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of great music quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about good music.

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Top 10 Great Music Quotes (BEST)

  1. Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays. — George Balanchine
  2. Music can change the world. — Ludwig van Beethoven
  3. Music is good when it makes you dance. Music is great when it makes you who you are — Tom DeLonge
  4. Live with your memories and keep them as memories and that’s great. Forget the bad times just remember the good ones and you know and hope tomorrow is a good day — Roger Meddows Taylor
  5. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion. — Martha Graham
  6. Led Zeppelin is the greatest. Robert Plant is one of the most original vocalists of our time. As a rock band they deserve the kind of success they're getting. — Freddie Mercury
  7. One day you pick up the guitar and you feel like a great master, and the next day you feel like a fool. It’s because we’re different every day, but the guitar is always the same…beautiful. — Tommy Emmanuel
  8. Curtain! Fast music! Light! Ready for the last finale! Great! The show looks good, the show looks good! — Florenz Ziegfeld
  9. Three films a day, three books a week and records of great music would be enough to make me happy to the day I die. — Francois Truffaut
  10. When we rejoice in beautiful scenery, great art, and great music, it is but the flexing of instincts acquired in another place and another time. — Neal A. Maxwell

Short Great Music Quotes

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  • At the end of the day, if you follow the music, it'll take you on a really, really great journey — Mike Dirnt
  • Coldplay are just four friends trying to make great music. — Will Champion
  • Dancing is like dreaming with your feet! — Constanze Mozart
  • Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness. — George Jean Nathan
  • Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature. — Ravi Shankar
  • The great tragedy of the average man is that he goes to his grave with his music still in him. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • One of the great moments of my life was when I could write musician on my passport. — Jon Anderson
  • A great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good. — Colbie Caillat
  • George Jones may be gone but his music will live on forever. What a great voice and a great friend. — Ray Stevens
  • Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. — Hector Berlioz
Great music quote Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sad
Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness, but as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also makes music.

Amazing Music Quotes

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There's no such thing as perfect people. There's no such thing as a perfect life. So come as you are, broken and scarred. Lift up your heart and be amazed and be changed by a perfect God. — Natalie Grant

As far as being a 'player's player,' you've only got to go to Nashville or Argentina and you can forget about it. The world is full of amazing guitar players, and you know it, and I know it...it's a humbling experience. — Mark Knopfler

It's amazing to hear, as a voice matures and then starts to decline, what kind of emotion is still conveyed by a really good vocalist. — Tom Wopat

Great music quote Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.
Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.

I find it so amazing when people tell me that electronic music has no soul. You can't blame the computer. If there's no soul in the music, it's because nobody put it there. — Bjork

When you're doing the traditional musicals, singing songs that are 40 and 50 years old, you realize there's a reason why those musicals are hits. These are amazing songs! — Tom Wopat

Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history was made on equipment that's not as good as what you own right now. — Jol Dantzig

Great music quote Silence is a source of great strength.
Silence is a source of great strength.

What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations. — Adam Braun

Carry with you maps and string, flashlights, friends who make you sing, and stars to help you find your place, music, hope, and amazing grace. — Mary Chapin Carpenter

Hip-hop is such an amazing thing that kids still want to do it. They're not saying, "Ugh, that's the old people's music." No, they're younger than they've ever been that want to get into hip-hop music. — Nas

If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. — Bob Marley

Good Music Quotes

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One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. — Bob Marley

Straight from the heart, I represent hip hop I be three albums deep, but I don't wanna go pop Too many candy rappers seem to be at the top Too much candy is no good, so now I'm closing the shop. — Phife Dawg

You need music, I don't know why. It's probably one of those Joe Campbell questions, why we need ritual. We need magic, and bliss, and power, myth, and celebration and religion in our lives, and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it. — Jerry Garcia

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love the life you live. live the life you love. — Bob Marley

My music is the spiritual expression of what I am — my faith, my knowledge, my being...When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people, to help humanity free itself from its hangups...I want to speak to their souls. — John Coltrane

The only music minister to whom the Lord will say, 'Well done, thy good and faithful servant,' is the one whose life proves what their lyrics are saying, and to whom music is the least important part of their life. Glorifying the only worthy One has to be a minister's most important goal! — Keith Green

Great music quote Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.
Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.

There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind. — Duke Ellington

Rock and roll is about having a good time, so no matter where you are right now blast some music and forget about lifes problems. — Andy Biersack

A good dancer is one who listens to the musicWe dance the music not the steps. Anyone who aspires to dance never thinks about what he is going to do. What he cares about is that he follows the music. You see, we are painters. We paint the music with our feet. — Carlos Gavito

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Music is the soundtrack to every good and bad time we will ever have. — Alex Gaskarth

Great Musician Quotes

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You have to be open to the energy. If you can open your heart to the energy, that great love energy, of this entire universe, good things will happen to you. BUT, you've gotta believe. You've gotta believe in the goodness. — Ray Manzarek

It might be argued that genuine spontaneity is not really possible or desirable so long as printed scores of great works exist. All modern musicians are, for better or worse, prisoners of Gutenberg. — Donal Henahan

The people who make it to the top - whether they're musicians, or great chefs, or corporate honchos - are addicted to their calling ... [they] are the ones who'd be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren't being paid. — Quincy Jones

Great music quote Great minds discuss ideas.Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss peopl
Great minds discuss ideas.Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss people.

If a man can tell if he's been successful in his life by having great friends, then I have been very successful. — Johnny Ramone

The great artist, whether he be musician, painter, or poet, is known for this absolute unexpectedness. — Loren Eiseley

People sometimes forget that jazz was built not only in the minds of the great ones but on the backs of the ordinary ones — ordinary musicians. — Cab Calloway

Great music quote Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

When I auditioned for my high school band the band director was excited because my father was known to be a great musician. When he heard me, he said 'Are you sure you're Ellis's son?' — Wynton Marsalis

Watch MTV and you can see what the music scene is like in England. The Spice Girls? Not a lot of creativity in the commercial area. There are still great musicians in England, but not a lot being heard that much. — Jimmy Carl Black

The Americans expect great things of me ... If the small Czech nation can have such musicians, they say, why could not they, too, when their country and people is so immense. — Antonin Dvorak

It was a great thrill just to know Roy Orbison, so to play, sing, write hit songs with him and have him in The Traveling Wilburys was beyond my wildest dreams! — Jeff Lynne

Beautiful Music Quotes

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How little wives may realize that a biting, stinging word in the morning will rob a husband of efficiency the whole day long. But a loving, tender, beautiful word—a little prayer word—will fill him with music and will lead him into victory. — Kenneth E. Hagin

Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, except, possibly two. — Frederic Chopin

Music is a beautiful thing to listen to. It is not a thing to preach to others about, it’s not a cause. It is what it is-and that’s a beautiful artform. — Synyster Gates

Great music quote Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to somethin
Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.

Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST. — Frank Zappa

With music, one's whole future life is brightened. This is such a treasure in life that it helps us over many troubles and difficulties. Music is nourishment, a comforting elixir. Music multiplies all that is beautiful and of value in life. — Zoltan Kodaly

There are still so many beautiful things to be said in C major. — Sergei Prokofiev

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I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things. — Tom Waits

I'm writing songs that connect to millions of people. And that happens for a reason. I don't really worry too much about people who aren't into it because that's the beauty of music. It's subjective. If every single person in the world loved our music, then that'd be weird. — Matthew Healy

Worship is more than singing beautiful songs in church on a Sunday. It is more than instruments and music. As a true worshipper, your heart will long to worship Him at all times, in all ways and with all your life. — Darlene Zschech

From the shore, the ocean is forever. It's a beautiful, dangerous place. Music is tied to the sea, born from the struggle, looking for hope. Because hope belongs in the dark places. — Jon Foreman

I Love Music Quotes

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Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything. — David Bowie

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear. — Unknown Author

God to me is love. It's the ruler of all things, whether it's with a person or with music or with your TV. I feel like it's this energy. God is energy, love is energy. — Kendrick Lamar

Great music quote You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.

I want longevity; I love music, being a musician is the greatest gift in the world to me, and if I were to get signed to a label, my family and team around me are always gonna be there to make sure they want the very best for me. My fans are what it's all about. — Christina Grimmie

I'm not a prophet of doom, I'm a prophet of love. But love will bid a warning doom to the children who play on the freeway. We need to wake up. — Keith Green

Jeff Beck is my idol .. sometimes he finds notes that I just do not have on my guitar. Frank Zappa's another one .. I loved Frank Zappa ... I do think Van Halen reinvented the guitar ... he's an excellent musician, a shrewd guitarist and as a person he's wonderful. — Ritchie Blackmore

Great music quote Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a less
Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.

I love to sing, and I love to drink scotch. Most people would rather hear me drink scotch. — George Burns

It's about giving the people what they want. So many people have told me that they've made love to my records so what I've delivered this time is an album about sex. Pretty much every song has that theme. Straight no chasers, it's booty music! — Tyrese Gibson

I always loved the way music made me feel. I did sports at school and all, but when I got home, it was just music. Everybody in my neighborhood loved music. I could jump the back fence and be in the park where there were ghetto blasters everywhere. — Dr. Dre

I'm a country singer. I love all kinds of music, but country is where my loyalty lies. That's just me and what I do, and I'm not going to change it. — George Strait

Powerful Music Quotes

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The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest nonchemical medication. — Oliver Sacks

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If only the whole world could feel the power of harmony. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. He depends, for his power, on his ability to make other people powerful. — Benjamin Zander

Great music quote To a great mind, nothing is little.
To a great mind, nothing is little.

Data isn't information; information isn't knowledge; knowledge isn't wisdom. — Ian Lowe

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Music expresses that which cannot be put into words. — Victor Hugo

I saw the dance as a vision of ineffable power. A man could, with dignity and a towering majesty, dance. Not mince, cavort, do "fancy dancing" or "showoff" steps. No: Dance as Michelangelo's visions dance and as the music of Bach dances. — Jose Limon

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My music, my songs are 100 percent inspired by girl power. — Paulina Rubio

Music, uniquely among the arts, is both completely abstract and profoundly emotional. It has no power to represent anything particular or external, but it has a unique power to express inner states or feelings. Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation. — Oliver Sacks

Music has the power to make me feel good like nothing else does. It gives me some peace for a while. Takes me back to who I really am. — Gil Scott-Heron

I think that there is a lot of power in a gay guy having a really (hopefully) successful music career while just being completely openly gay and honest and happy. — Troye Sivan

Favorite Music Quotes

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My favorite artist in the world is Michael Jackson, and he revolutionized the music video aspect of music. — Chance the Rapper

I spend most of my evenings grinding into the early morning to my favorite music. — Alex Jones

Jazz is the favorite music [of America]. It is a type of music invented by [American] Blacks to please their primitive tendencies and desire for noise. — Sayyid Qutb

Great music quote Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.
Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.

My favorite musical? I don't. It changes all the time. I'm just a diehard, I'm totally old school, like I'll sit and watch, if they are re-doing Oklahoma in New York, I will be the first one there. — Trey Parker

I did the marching band all throughout junior high and high school. Music was one of my favorite things in school. — Tommy Lee

Music is my shining light, my favorite thing in the world. T get me to stop doing it for one second would be difficult! — Taylor Swift

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My favorite type of music to sing is a crossover between country and pop. — Lauren Alaina

My favorite type of music to sing is definitely those big ballads, I just love doing those power ballads. — Pia Toscano

I grew up doing musicals. I've done so many musicals in my life, I kind of got them out of my system. But, I certainly would be open to them. Rocky Horror Show is a big favorite of mine. — Guy Pearce

I really like Alan Jackson, in Country Music. I think he's really very, very talented along with George Jones, and Merle Haggard, the same old favorites. — Tanya Tucker

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The virtuosos look to the students of the world to do their share in the education of the great musical public. Do not waste your time with music that is trite or ignoble. Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Saharas of musical trash. — Sergei Rachmaninoff

Never sound pompous. You always sound noble, noble. Absolute character of music is nobility. Even popular music can be noble, you see. If it's not noble, then it's not very good... Music is an art of emotion, of nobility, of dignity, of greatness, of love, of tenderness. All that must be brought out in music but never a show of pompousness. — Arthur Rubinstein

Our music has depth, and attempts philosophical thought and meaning with discussions of infinity, eternity and mortality. There is a line which people cross that turns it into some magical, mystical realm, for which I dont claim responsibility and dont hold any great truck with. — David Gilmour

The best music happens when you have a personal connection to it. That same philosophy can extend to the instrument you hold in your hands: if a guitar means something special, you're bound to do great things with it. — Frank Iero

Melody and harmony are like lines and colors in pictures. A simple linear picture may be completely beautiful; the introduction of color may make it vague and insignificant. Yet color may, by combination with lines, create great pictures, so long as it does not smother and destroy their value. — Rabindranath Tagore

Every day I watched how a bare metal frame, rolling down the line would come off the other end, a spanking brand new car. What a great idea! Maybe, I could do the same thing with my music. Create a place where a kid off the street could walk in one door, an unknown, go through a process, and come out another door, a star. — Berry Gordy

Describing Woodstock as the "big bang," I think that's a great way to describe it, because the important thing about it wasn't how many people were there or that it was a lot of truly wonderful music that got played. — David Crosby

With the White Stripes we were trying to trick people into not realising we were playing the blues. We did not want to come off like white kids trying to play black music from 100 years ago so a great way to distract them was by dressing in red, white and black. — Jack White

Ry Cooder for me is a master, a great master that has a wonderful feel for Cuban music. He's also paid tribute my talent a bit, even though I don't know half of what he knows. — Compay Segundo

If you don't die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert. You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise. The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music, or Neil Young. — Anne Lamott

The dance is the mother of the arts. Music and poetry exist in time; painting and architecture in space. But the dance lives at once in time and space. — Curt Sachs

God made me blind and unable to walk. BIG DEAL! He gave me the ability... the musical gifts I have... the great opportunity to meet new people. — Patrick Henry Hughes

Australia is so cool that it's hard to even know where to start describing it. The beaches are beautiful; so is the weather. Not too crowded. Great food, great music, really nice people. It must be a lot like Los Angeles was many years ago. — Mary-Kate Olsen

I would never withhold information about the murder of my man Biggie, or anybody else. It's just silly and ridiculous. The accusations are just flying out. All I've been trying to do all my life is to make great music. — Puff Daddy

I used to do puppet theatre and also mime and musical theatre in Florida for competitions and festivals, which was great. I was very much involved in theatre when I was in college. — Wesley Snipes

I hate to blow the mystique, but at the time we really liked bubblegum music, and we really liked the Bay City Rollers. Their song 'Saturday Night' had a great chant in it, so we wanted a song with a chant in it: 'Hey! Ho! Let's Go!'. 'Blitzkrieg Bop' was our 'Saturday Night'. — Joey Ramone

Regarding the current Broadway revival of The Music Man, Jay Nordlinger wrote: There will always be those who sniff that the show is "feel good"-but, oh, it feels good to feel good. And the main reason The Music Man feels so good is that it is good-a great American musical. — Meredith Willson

I'm so sorry for you; your lives have been so easy. You can't play great music unless your heart's been broken. — Benjamin Zander

I'm just trying to tell a good story and make thought-provoking, entertaining films. I just try and draw upon the great culture we have as a people, from music, novels, the streets. — Spike Lee

All great music is contemporary. If it's still alive and kicking, then it's contemporary. If it fades away, it was a period piece. It had its moment, and that was it. — Steve Reich

Anything can become a musical sound. The wind on telegraph wires is a great sound; get it into your machine and play it and it becomes interesting. — Hans Zimmer

Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory. — Sir Thomas Beecham

Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time. — Ornette Coleman

If we look at music history closely, it is not difficult to isolate certain elements of great potency which were to nourish the art of music for decades, if not centuries. — George Crumb

Violin for me is a great instrument because you can use it as a rhythmical instrument and also as a melodic instrument. ... You can pretty much do everything with the violin. Sometimes I feel classical music limits the violin. — David Garrett

There are half a billion people that listen to music online and the vast majority are doing so illegally. But if we bring those people over to the legal side and Spotify, what is going to happen is we are going to double the music industry and that will lead to more artists creating great new music. — Daniel Ek

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