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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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69 19
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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57 22
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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49 19
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Franz Liszt Hungary

5
36 10
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Claude Debussy France

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51 23
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austria, Holy Roman Empire

7
39 14
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Sergei Rachmaninoff United States of America, Russia

8
30 10
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Franz Schubert Austria

9
17 4
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Robert Alexander Schumann Germany

10
17 5
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Johannes Brahms Germany

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21 10
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Joseph Haydn Austria

12
9 1
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Russia

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8 1
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Maurice Ravel France

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13 6
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Alexander Scriabin Russia

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15 10
Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Scott Joplin United States of America

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10 5
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Hassan Fakour added George Gershwin United States of America

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14 9
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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5 1
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Sergei Prokofiev Russia

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9 6
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Duke Ellington United States of America

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6 3
Olivier Messiaen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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3 0
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Dmitri Shostakovich Russian Empire, Soviet Union

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3 0
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Gabriel Faure France

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11 9
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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9 7
Muzio Clementi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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3 1
Isaac Albéniz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Isaac Albeniz Spain

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2 0
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Keith Jarrett United States of America

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13 12
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Erik Satie France

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9 8
John Field is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
John Field Ireland

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8 7
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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6 5
Maria Agata Szymanowska is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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1 0
Cécile Chaminade is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Cécile Chaminade France

33
7 7
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Fats Waller United States of America

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

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

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

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