The music scene is forever becoming more electronic, which to us, is rather sad. There is nothing more beautiful (in our humble opinion, of course) than hearing Turkish oud players perform their raw, tear-jerking music. If you allow one thing to move you this year, you have to let it be the best oud music (it’s a non-negotiable, you’re here now!). 

Trust us, as soon as you hear the first bar, you are going to fall in love with the oud masters who play our favorite Turkish oud tracks. And, there is a load more where they came from so buckle up! We’re going to introduce you to a whole new side of music.

The 5 Best Oud Music Tracks

You’re probably wondering how on earth we managed to pare down all the best oud albums and tracks to a mere 5, right? Honestly, it was one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do!

But anyway, let’s get into the details, shall we?

1. Oud Fantasy by John Berberian

Even though John Berberian is an American musician, he is known almost exclusively for his Turkish oud skills.

He was born in New York in 1941 to Armenian parents. His dad, Yervant Berberian was also an extremely well-known oud master. But John himself started his journey to make the best oud music at the age of 10 — as most famous musicians start young, this probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you.

This track, Oud Fantasy, was included as a bonus song in his album called “A Mid Eastern Odyssey”. You seriously need to give it a listen, you’ll be transported to a magical realm where nothing but the best oud albums exist.

2. Tasnif Doud-E Oud by Ostad Parviz Meshkatian

Parviz Meshkatian was an Iranian musician and composer. He even taught music at Tehran University during the end of his career.

He was one of the founding members of the Sheyda Ensemble, Aref Ensemble, and the Chavosh Artistic and Cultural Foundation too. Quite the accolades, right? But he didn’t stop there! Parviz Meshkatian went on to perform all over Asia and Europe, playing pretty regularly in Germany, Sweden, England, and Denmark. We think it’s safe to say that he truly left his mark in the music world, don’t you?

Although Meshkatian is no longer physically with us, he continues to live on through his breathtaking compositions and albums today. And if you’ve never heard him play before, this one is a great place to start.

3. Silent Cue by Ara Dinkjian

For those of you who have been interested in Turkish oud players for a while, you will have almost definitely heard of Ara Dinkjian and his blissful music. He is undoubtedly one of the world’s top oud players — so much so that his songs have been translated in 13 different languages! You don’t see that very often.

The track that most people think of when they hear the name Dinkjian is Dinata since it played at the end of the 2004 Olympics. However, we wanted to show his Silent Cue track some love today. If you hadn’t heard it yet, stop reading this, listen to it, and come back. Yep, it’s that good. Honestly, you’ll be captivated from the moment he strums the first note.

4. Taksim by Necati Celik

Necati Celik began his music career playing the baglama in 1962 but he didn’t even pick up an oud until 1973. But, boy, once he did he never stopped (thankfully!).

During his training, he realized just how hard it was to find great instructors which is what sparked him to open up his own music school in the following years. There aren’t many people who can say they’ve done quite this much in their lifetime.

While we adore every one of his tracks, Taksim is a great place to dip your toes into the lake of his master playing.

5. Huzzam Taksim by Udi Hrant Kenkulian

Throughout his time playing the Turkish oud, Udi Hrant Kenulian made quite a splash in the industry. He’s the guy who not only introduced bidirectional picking, but also whacky tuning styles. Yep, some may say he was an inventor in his own right.

Huzzam Taksim is a no-brainer place to get you in the groove here.

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