Classical The Most Overrated Composers  

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Some composers are undeservedly worshipped. They aren't necessarily bad, just overrated. Strauss Jr., for example, was a nice composer, but only around Joplin level and doesn't even compare to greats like Beethoven and Chopin. Tchaikovsky was also an awesome composer, probably one of the top 20 composers of all time, but for some reason, he's worshipped at the same level as Mozart and Beethoven. (Of course, some are just downright bad: the likes of Yiruma and Einaudi are destroying music.) Here's a list of overrated composers.

Note: If you intend to put up Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Schubert or JS Bach, I don't think Ranker will be responsible for damages. ;)
list ordered by

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Krzysztof Penderecki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

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2
+ - 84 79
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
John Cage United States of America

3
+ - 84 81
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

4
+ - 64 65
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

5
+ - 64 66
Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Yiruma South Korea

6
+ - 78 86
Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Philip Glass United States of America

7
+ - 17 17
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
John Williams United States of America

8
+ - 32 40
Karlheinz Stockhausen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

9
+ - 35 47
Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Carl Orff Germany

10
+ - 49 73
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Johann Strauss II Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Austria-Hungary

11
+ - 32 47
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Steve Reich United States of America

12
+ - 23 36
Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

13
+ - 14 21
Milton Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Milton Babbitt United States of America

14
+ - 10 16
Vincent Persichetti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Vincent Persichetti United States of America

15
+ - 10 16
Marty Haugen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Marty Haugen United States of America

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+ - 15 25
Morton Feldman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Morton Feldman United States of America

17
+ - 10 17
Ralph Shapey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Ralph Shapey United States of America

18
+ - 10 19
David Lane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

19
+ - 6 12
Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Charles Ives United States of America

20
+ - 3 7
Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Laurie Anderson United States of America

21
+ - 3 7
Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Meredith Monk United States of America

22
+ - 6 13
Léon Minkus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Léon Minkus Austria

23
+ - 26 53
Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Aaron Copland United States of America

24
+ - 4 15
César Franck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
César Franck France, Belgium

25
+ - 43 92
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
George Gershwin United States of America

26
+ - 11 31
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

27
+ - 4 16
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Edvard Grieg Norway

28
+ - 27 66
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Erik Satie France

29
+ - 9 30
Zoltán Kodály is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Zoltán Kodály Hungary, Austria-Hungary

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+ - 2 11
Sir Malcolm Williamson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

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+ - 2 11
Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Edgard Varèse France, United States of America

32
+ - 2 11
Josef Hauer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Josef Hauer

33
+ - 2 11
Vincent d'Indy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

34
+ - 2 11
Iannis Xenakis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

35
+ - 15 47
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

36
+ - 22 63
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

37
+ - 8 31
Christoph Willibald Gluck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

38
+ - 1 9
Libby Larson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Libby Larson

39
+ - 1 9
Tikhon Khrennikov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

40
+ - 1 9
Nikolai Roslavets is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

41
+ - 13 48
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Georges Bizet France

42
+ - 28 87
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Johannes Brahms Germany

43
+ - 21 72
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff United States of America, Russia

44
+ - 24 81
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Igor Stravinsky United States of America, Russia

45
+ - 38 123
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

46
+ - 19 77
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

47
+ - 45 154
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Composers