Overrated 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
1
215 147
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Ballet, Aleatoric music
2
162 94
Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Film score
3
155 90
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
New Age music, Classical music, Minimal music
4
171 159
Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music
5
88 78
Karlheinz Stockhausen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Musique concrète, Opera, Chamber music
6
52 41
Milton Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Classical music, Serialism
7
32 25
Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Experimental music, Art rock
8
19 10
Henri Pousseur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Electronic music, Chamber music
9
31 26
Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Avant-garde music
10
79 87
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Chamber music, Contemporary classical music
11
29 30
Ralph Shapey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
12
30 32
Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Musique concrète, Experimental classical music, Avant-garde music
13
100 145
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
14
36 44
Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Art song, Classical music, 20th-century classical music
15
75 106
Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, 20th-century classical music
16
34 46
Morton Feldman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
17
23 32
David Lane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
18
21 29
Léon Minkus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Ballet, Ballet
19
64 93
Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Baroque music
20
24 34
Vincent Persichetti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
21
78 117
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Romance, Classical music, Jazz
22
14 20
Libby Larson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Libby Larson
23
21 31
Iannis Xenakis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Musique concrète, Opera
24
15 23
Vincent d'Indy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
25
8 3
Christopher Norton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
acapellasrverycool added 21st-Century Classical, Neo-Classism, Jazz