Composers 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. ;)

1
206 140
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Ballet, Aleatoric music

2
151 89
Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Film score

3
147 86
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
New Age music, Classical music, Minimal music

4
167 150
Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

5
84 73
Karlheinz Stockhausen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Musique concrète, Opera, Chamber music

6
50 38
Milton Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Classical music, Serialism

7
30 22
Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Experimental music, Art rock

8
17 7
Henri Pousseur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Electronic music, Chamber music

9
29 23
Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Avant-garde music

10
76 83
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Chamber music, Contemporary classical music

11
27 27
Ralph Shapey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

12
28 29
Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Musique concrète, Experimental classical music, Avant-garde music

13
35 40
Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Art song, Classical music, 20th-century classical music

14
95 137
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

15
74 98
Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, 20th-century classical music

16
33 42
Morton Feldman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

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22 30
David Lane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

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23 32
Vincent Persichetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

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19 27
Léon Minkus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Ballet, Ballet

20
13 18
Libby Larson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Libby Larson

21
20 29
Iannis Xenakis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Musique concrète, Opera

22
7 1
Christopher Norton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
acapellasrverycool added 21st-Century Classical, Neo-Classism, Jazz

23
73 108
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Romance, Classical music, Jazz

24
58 87
Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Baroque music

25
14 22
Vincent d'Indy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Composers