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These are the greatest piano composers, ranked from best to worst by Classical music fans. When it comes to the best piano composers, their backgrounds and upbringing is as varied as their music. That's the special thing about music more than any other art form. Where you come from plays such an important role in the art you create, and that's what makes lists like this so interesting. Putting together great talents from all over the world, from all different eras. Some of the more famous piano composers on this list gained popularity during the Renaissance while other good piano composers wrote music during the Romantic period and beyond. A few of the people on here even wrote jazz and ragtime music that is still popular today.

So, Who is on this list? Perhaps the most iconic piano composer is Ludwig van Beethoven. His ninth symphony contains some of the most recognizable melodies and has been featured in such films as “A Clockwork Orange” and “Immortal Beloved.” Johann Sebastian Bach is another one of the most famous piano composers of all time.

More recently, Duke Ellington treated music fans to such hits as “Satin Doll” and “Don't Get Around Much Anymore.” Other musicians who are featured on this top piano composers list include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and Frederic Chopin.

Who are the best piano composers? Give your favorites a thumbs up to vote them up to the top of this list and share some of your favorite pieces of music in the comments section.
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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 61 14
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 43 12
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Franz Liszt Hungary

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+ - 48 18
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 29 5
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 33 9
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Sergei Rachmaninoff United States of America, Russia

7
+ - 44 18
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austria, Holy Roman Empire

8
+ - 26 7
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Franz Schubert Austria

9
+ - 17 7
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Joseph Haydn Austria

10
+ - 12 3
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 13 4
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Johannes Brahms Germany

12
+ - 11 4
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 13 7
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 14 8
Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Scott Joplin United States of America

15
+ - 5 0
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 9 5
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Duke Ellington United States of America

17
+ - 8 4
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
George Gershwin United States of America

18
+ - 6 2
Olivier Messiaen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 4 0
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Maurice Ravel France

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+ - 3 0
Isaac Albéniz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 3 0
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 10 8
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Igor Stravinsky United States of America, Russia

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+ - 10 8
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 9 7
Muzio Clementi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

25
+ - 8 6
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 7 5
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Fats Waller United States of America

27
+ - 2 0
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Gabriel Faure France

28
+ - 1 0
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Keith Jarrett United States of America

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+ - 1 0
Cécile Chaminade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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+ - 1 0
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Dmitri Shostakovich Russian Empire, Soviet Union

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+ - 12 12
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Erik Satie France

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+ - 8 8
John Field is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
John Field Ireland

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+ - 5 5
Maria Agata Szymanowska is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

34
+ - 5 5
Johann Nepomuk Hummel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Johann Nepomuk Hummel Austria, Germany

35
+ - 3 3
Alexander Dreyschock is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

36
+ - 3 3
Xaver Scharwenka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

37
+ - 1 1
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Edvard Grieg Norway

38
+ - 1 1
Billy Strayhorn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Billy Strayhorn United States of America

39
+ - 1 2
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Bill Evans United States of America