Each year more than 120 countries around the world celebrate the magical power of music on 21 June, World Music Day. The annual festival first started in France in 1982 as Fête de la Musique (Feast of Music).

The idea of bringing people together through music was thought up by French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang who then brought newly elected Director of Music and Dance, Maurice Fleuret on board to make the event a possibility.

Since then, each year, world organisations and groups celebrate music and use it to promote social, cultural and environmental issues.

In keeping with the celebrations, IBTimes UK lists some of the best quotes on music from renowned figures coming from all walks of life – from musicians to philosophers and politicians.