What Is The Oldest Known Song?

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The oldest instruments ever discovered were flute-like instruments found in Germany, and date back 40,000 years, around the time the Neanderthals died out. The oldest song ever discovered was found in modern-day Syria, and the oldest one with lyrics was found in ancient Greece. These first musical sheets date back to around the time written language was likely developed.


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Germany is home to the world's oldest known instruments, dating as far back as 40,000 years. 00:09

  2. The oldest song discovered so far was in modern-day Syria. 00:36

  3. Check out the oldest known song with lyrics, found in ancient Greece. 01:07