I have long been interested in the contradiction between popular versus excellence in music. Popular does not always equal excellence but sometimes excellent can be popular. Style and substance can come together and when it does it is exceptionally satisfying. I picked music that I felt fell into this category.
As such we listened to music by Johann Strauss Jnr, Antonio Vivaldi, Ludwig Van Beethoven, George Frederick Handel, Dimitri Shostakovich and Lennon and McCartney.
I tried to pick music that in any circumstance would be called genius.