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. ;)
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Krzysztof Penderecki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Krzysztof Penderecki Poland

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2
93 88
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
John Cage United States of America

3
71 68
Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Yiruma South Korea

4
91 93
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
yahyahassan added Frédéric Chopin Poland

5
69 68
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

6
82 92
Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Philip Glass United States of America

7
40 44
Karlheinz Stockhausen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Karlheinz Stockhausen Germany

8
20 22
Milton Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Milton Babbitt United States of America

9
37 51
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Steve Reich United States of America

10
53 76
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Johann Strauss II Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Austria-Hungary

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20 25
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added John Williams United States of America

12
37 53
Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Carl Orff Germany

13
26 39
Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Pedro Perez added Johann Pachelbel Germany

14
11 18
Vincent Persichetti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Vincent Persichetti United States of America

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11 18
Marty Haugen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Marty Haugen United States of America

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5 8
Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Meredith Monk United States of America

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11 19
Ralph Shapey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Ralph Shapey United States of America

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5 9
Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Laurie Anderson United States of America

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15 27
Morton Feldman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Morton Feldman United States of America

20
11 20
David Lane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added David Lane

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7 14
Léon Minkus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Léon Minkus Austria

22
7 19
César Franck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added César Franck France, Belgium

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4 14
Sir Malcolm Williamson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Sir Malcolm Williamson Australia

24
14 34
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky Russia

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6 20
Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Charles Ives United States of America

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3 13
Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Edgard Varèse France, United States of America

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3 13
Vincent d'Indy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Vincent D'indy France

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26 61
Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Seung Kim added Aaron Copland United States of America

29
29 68
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Erik Satie France

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45 102
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
George Gershwin United States of America

31
11 33
Zoltán Kodály is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Zoltán Kodály Hungary, Austria-Hungary

32
6 22
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Edvard Grieg Norway

33
3 14
Iannis Xenakis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Iannis Xenakis

34
2 11
Josef Hauer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Josef Hauer

35
25 71
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Davide Trucchi added Hector Berlioz France

36
17 54
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
wwart1020 added Gioacchino Rossini Italy

37
9 35
Christoph Willibald Gluck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Christoph Willibald Gluck Germany

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1 9
Nikolai Roslavets is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Nikolai Roslavets

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1 9
Tikhon Khrennikov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Tikhon Khrennikov Russia

40
29 87
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Davide Trucchi added Igor Stravinsky United States of America, Russia

41
25 79
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
yahyahassan added Sergei Rachmaninoff United States of America, Russia

42
31 96
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Brennon McFarlane added Johannes Brahms Germany

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1 10
Libby Larson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Libby Larson

44
15 57
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
yahyahassan added Georges Bizet France

45
41 130
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

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49 166
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

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20 82
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Composers