A very well-known piece of ClassicalMusic. Written by Johann Pachelbel, it is a {{canon}} in {{passacaglia}} form, based on an {{ostinato}} (repeating) bass {{melody}}. The piece is usually performed with a string orchestra, but arrangements of it exist for almost every standard ensemble you can think of. Though Pachelbel was largely forgotten after his death (noted primarily for being a family friend/music tutor of the Bachs and thus indirectly influencing the works of [[JohannSebastianBach J. S.]]), this piece's rediscovery in 1919 skyrocketed him to fame, albeit of the OneHitWonder variety.

Enjoy it by clicking [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Af372EQLck here]].

It is also known by the names "Canon in D", "Pachelbel's Canon in D", and "Kanon D-dur" (the German name, meaning "D major Canon"). The piece is, of course, in D major--ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. This hasn't stopped it from being [[MisattributedSong misattributed]] to everyone under the sun, particularly [[WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]].

It's commonly featured in collections of "light" or "soothing" music, and is often played at weddings. It is also a popular selection for use in {{Public Domain Soundtrack}}s. It's the ''[[LynyrdSkynyrd Free Bird]]'' of classical music, exacerbated by its own repetitiveness: cellists in particular detest it because it involves playing the same 8-note progression 27 times without variation.

The piece is the TropeNamer and TropeCodifier for the PachelbelsCanonProgression.

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!!It has been used in the following works:

* "Lullaby" by the string quartet Bond is an adaptation of the work.
* Music/BrianEno did three versions of the piece in his album ''Discreet Music''.
* The influence of the piece can be heard in many of EmilieAutumn's songs, since as a child she would mentally play the piece each night to suppress her auditory hallucinations (as quoted from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emilie_Autumn The Other Wiki]]). A few bars of the melody are shoehorned into "Save You", and the first half of the ostinato is used in "Ancient Grounds" and "Let the Record Show".
* It features in and is one of the themes of ''{{Kanon}}'', which names itself after the piece.
* In the anime ''Anime/LuckyStar'', Tsukasa's ringtone sounds like a cheerier version of this.
* In the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' film ''[[CompilationMovie Evangelion: Death and Rebirth]]'', a recurring motif of the three main characters playing the piece is used to punctuate the recap portion. In fact, the sort-of framing sequence for the recap is the three characters (plus an EnsembleDarkhorse) getting together to practice the Canon (with ButtMonkey Shinji playing the cello).
-->'''Asuka''': Your part is easy. All ''you'' have to play is arpeggios.
* Comedian Rob Paravonian famously made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM rant]] about the piece, noting how boring it is to play the bass line as the cellist in the ensemble, as well as [[PachelbelsCanonProgression the progression's]] ubiquity in popular music (although [[SquarePegRoundTrope few of the examples given actually use the progression]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' uses a SuspiciouslySimilarSong in the scene where Cartman has a tea party with his stuffed toys.
* TayZonday's arrangement "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSCzMT8IMME Canon In Z]]."
* TransSiberianOrchestra has ''two'' songs based on it: "Christmas Canon" from ''The Christmas Attic'', and "Christmas Canon Rock" from ''The Lost Christmas Eve''.
* ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Pachelbel's]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Ganon]],'' an OverclockedRemix track by djpretzel that rearranges Zelda's Lullaby and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime's'' opening theme in an R&B style, with this as its backing track.
* In [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Tangled Ever After]], it's the BGM for the opening narration.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNeBdp7L4_U "Canon Rock"]], a rock remix of the piece that quickly became popular on the Internet - to the point where newspapers took notice of it. TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_Rock_%28music%29 has an article.]]
* A horribly distorted organ version appears in the creepiest part of ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite''.
* In the year 2000, the piece was heavily sampled by Vitamin C for her hit "Graduation (Friends Forever)", which resulted in the WeirdAlEffect for millions of millennials who associate the Canon with their high school graduations.
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