C Minor Songs: 10 Famous Pieces for Key of C Minor

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C Minor Songs

How many of these C minor songs have you heard? I know I’ve heard most of them, and it’s easy to assume that they’re pretty well known. But what about for major keys? How many famous pieces are actually in the minor key of C? In this list, we’ll cover some of the most popular songs in C minor — songs that are well known, but also not as common as you might think.

It’s easy to take C Minor for granted. This key is a staple of the classical repertoire, and it’s been used in countless scores and movies. It’s nice and easy to play, but that doesn’t mean it’s not capable of producing beautiful results. All you need is some inspiration, and you have a great way to start out your C Minor repertoire.

Key of C is the third of the seven modern keys, and it’s also the second least used key. It doesn’t have a lot of songs associated with it, but there are a couple of well-known enough pieces for C minor scale to be considered. These songs are some of the best pieces to learn to play on the piano or guitar when you’re preparing for an audition or performing at a concert.

For other songs in the major keys checks out some of our other favorite lists: C Major | D Major | Gb Major

Our Favorite C Minor Songs

A Wonderful Guy | South Pacific

"A Wonderful Guy" is a song from the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. The chord progression is phenomenal. It was first introduced in the last act by Mary Martin as Nellie Forbush. It's sung by Mitzi Gaynor in the 1958 film adaptation. In this rewrite, the song starts with "A Wonderful Guy".

A Wonderful Guy Sheet Music:
This 1949 song by South Pacific was originally published in the key C Minor, but with the proper adjustments could possibly be played in C major. the tune tempo is to be played  Allegro with a metronome of q = 154.

Lyrics begin: I expect ev'ry one of my crowd To make fun of my proud protestations Of faith in romance
Instruments: Voice, range: B3-C5 + Piano

Made of Stone | The Hunchback of Notre Dame [Musical]

Made of Stone is a song from the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It is an anti-bullying song about standing up for yourself, and it reprises the song "Out There" from the musical adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Made of Stone Sheet Music: This 2015 song by The Hunchback of Notre Dame was originally published in the key C Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Seething, with power and anger with a metronome of h = 90.

Lyrics begin: What do you know of me?
Instruments: Voice, range: B3-C6 + Piano

I Ain’t Mad At Cha | 2Pac

"I Ain't Mad at Cha" is a song by the late American hip hop artist 2Pac. Maybe not the song you were thinking for your typical C minor music theory, but it's a solid tune, with a great beat. The song was released in September 1996, two days after his death, and was the fifth and final single from his fourth studio album All Eyez on Me. The song features contemporary soul singer Danny Boy who provided the vocals for the song's hook. The song charted well internationally, reaching number 2 in New Zealand, number 13 in the United Kingdom, and number 17 in the Republic of Ireland.

I Ain't Mad At Cha Sheet Music: This 1996 song by 2Pac was originally published in the key C Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Freely with a metronome of q = 84.

Lyrics begin: Now we was once two
Instruments: Piano + Guitar + Voice

Come to Your Senses | Amy Spanger

Amy Spanger – Come to Your Senses is a delightful easy piano song that you may enjoy knowing. Perhaps you have always wanted to play this song and never could find a way.  I felt it necessary that I bring this song to your musician’s spirit today and with my help you can easily play this musical masterpiece.

Come to Your Senses Sheet Music: This 2001 song by Amy Spanger was originally published in the key C Minor the tune tempo is to be played as a Rock Ballad with a metronome of q = 96.

Lyrics begin: You're on the air, I'm underground
Instruments: Voice, range: Ab3-C5 + Piano

Beautiful | Carole King

It's beautiful. The Carole King musical is a jukebox musical which tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King, using songs written mostly by her with the help of Gerry Goffin, and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector and others. It was originally performed at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco.

Beautiful Sheet Music: This 1971 song by Carole King was originally published in the minor chord C, the tune tempo is to be played  Moderately slow, in 2 with a metronome of q = 132.

Lyrics begin: You've got to get up ev'ry mornin' with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart.
Instruments: Voice, range: G3-C#5 + Piano + Guitar

Glitter and Be Gay | Candide

Cunegonde's glittering aria "Glitter and Be Gay" is one of soprano Barbara Cook's favorite pieces. The song is dramatic, with little chordal accompaniment, and some high E-flat high notes above high C. There are alternative phrases provided at several points in the score, but not all at once. Attempting to scale an entire aria down to two pitches of your own could prove challenging.

Glitter and Be Gay Sheet Music: This 1957 song by Candide was originally published in the key C Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Tempo di Valse Lente with a metronome of q = 80.

Lyrics begin: Glitter and be gay,
Instruments: Voice, range: Eb4-Eb6 + Piano

Underdog | Alicia Keys

"Underdog" was written and recorded by Alicia Keys. It was a great success, but when she released it there was yet a better version of the song playing on the radio. She just released a new remix to add to her great success. This remix featured reggae artists Protoje and Chronixx. Producers for the remix were Keys and Johnny McDaid.

Underdog Sheet Music: This 2020 song by Alicia Keys was originally published in the key C Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Moderately, in 2 with a metronome of h = 90.

Lyrics begin: She was walking in the street
Instruments: Voice, range: Eb3-G5 + Piano + Backup Vocals

Unfaithful | Rihanna

Unfaithful is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album A Girl like Me (2006). It was written by Shaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith with the song's producers Stargate. The song was released by Def Jam Recordings on 2 May 2006, as the second single from the album. This is a pop and R&B ballad and was inspired by the music of American rock band Evanescence.

Unfaithful Sheet Music: This 2006 song by Rihanna was originally published in the key C Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Moderately, in 2 with a metronome of h = 172.

Lyrics begin: Story of my life, searching for the right, but it keeps avoiding me.
Instruments: Voice, range: F3-Bb4 + Piano

Hushabye Mountain | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

"Hushabye Mountain" is a wonderful song from the Sherman Brothers, who also wrote Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book. It was initially featured in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and can be heard as an escape from Vulgaria. But if you listen closely, there is a bit more to it.

Hushabye Mountain Sheet Music: This 1968 song by Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was originally published in the key C Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Waltz moderato (tenderly with a metronome of q = 103.

Lyrics begin: A gentle breeze from Hushabye Mountain softly blows o'er lullabye bay.
Instruments: Voice, range: B3-Db5 + Piano

Adore You | Harry Styles

"Adore You" is a song by English singer and songwriter Harry Styles from his second studio album, Fine Line (2019). It was released through Erskine and Columbia Records as the album's second single on 6 December 2019. The song was written by Styles, Allen, Harpoon, and Johnson. Harpoon handled production and Johnson served as a co-producer. The song has been described as a "ballad" which deals with passion over the course of a relationship.

Adore You Sheet Music: This 2019 song by Harry Styles was originally published in the key C Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Moderately with a metronome of q = 100.

Lyrics begin: Walk in your rainbow paradise.
Instruments: Voice, range: Bb4-Bb5 + Piano + Backup Vocals

To Life | Fiddler on the Roof

"To life, to life" is the Jewish blessing that expresses the belief in a long life of good health. It is a reminder that we are all connected and blessings will come to us if we believe in ourselves and stay true to our path. The song comes from the hit musical, Fiddler on the Roof.

To Life Sheet Music: This 1964 song by Fiddler on the Roof was originally published in the key C Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Allegretto, in 2 with a metronome of q = 140.

Lyrics begin: To life, to life, l'chaiim.
Instruments: Voice 1, range: B3-E5 + Voice 2, range: B3-E5 + Backup Vocals + Piano

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