One composer occupies all top 10 slots in iTunes classical chart

One composer occupies all top 10 slots in iTunes classical chart


norman lebrecht

October 08, 2015

Never mind that people who are serious about classical music avoid iTunes for its lack of metadata.

Never mind that even the serious ones would struggle to name a successful living Italian composer.

But this man is dominating iTunes this week like no musician that ever lived.


And it’s not just because he has a new album out. Not to mention the theme music for BBC1s Doctor Foster. Or because he is flatteringly short of hair. It’s just so.

Click here if you haven’t identified him yet.


  • John Borstlap says:

    It’s not serious… should not deserve mention on SD.

  • jaypee says:

    Says who?

  • Phil says:

    The man is harmless and keeps a few musicians employed. He might write pieces at the standard of a modest GCSE music project but he obviously gives some people pleasure. Live and let live and do as I do-hit the mute button asap.

  • Bryan says:

    If Einaudi is classical music, then I’m a short-toed lark.

  • Michael Endres says:

    His music reminded me of Muzac, which – at my age – I do prefer.

  • Jon says:

    “people who are serious about classical music” and know how to use a search engine don’t need to rely on metadata to find their way to the music they want to listen in streaming services.

  • T. Manor says:

    Bubble gum music.

    Anyone remember Enya?

  • william osborne says:

    Under an economic system of schematic expediency, the cheapening of ethical and aesthetic standards is inevitable. This is readily observable in our government, business practices, media, arts, and educational systems. We expect, for example, to be lied to by our government and media and consider it a norm. When these forms of expediency become widely accepted, the arts also become ethically and aesthetically debased.

  • Emil says:

    Of course, you mean for “songs”, not albums. So people buy ONE album of Einaudi a lot, and since no one buys classical music by the ‘song’ on iTunes, Einaudi dominates. Easy. That says nothing about the album ranking.

    Again, fact-checking is optional, clearly.