See that scowlin' face in Beethoven's portrait above? No one wrote joy like Beethoven did. The Seventh Symphony is probably Beethoven's most unadulterated expression of elation and the joy of being alive. The only exception is the Allegretto, one of the most intensely melancholic movements in all of his output. I've linked a Spotify playlist above so you can enjoy my favorite recording of my favorite Beethoven Symphony.