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
195 134
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Ballet, Aleatoric music

2
139 87
Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Film score

3
132 86
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
New Age music, Classical music, Minimal music

4
155 141
Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

5
82 71
Karlheinz Stockhausen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Musique concrète, Opera, Chamber music

6
48 38
Milton Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Classical music, Serialism

7
28 22
Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Experimental music, Art rock

8
14 6
Henri Pousseur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Electronic music, Chamber music

9
26 22
Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Avant-garde music

10
71 81
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Chamber music, Contemporary classical music

11
25 27
Ralph Shapey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

12
26 29
Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Musique concrète, Experimental classical music, Avant-garde music

13
93 129
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

14
32 39
Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Art song, Classical music, 20th-century classical music

15
72 93
Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, 20th-century classical music

16
30 41
Morton Feldman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

17
19 26
Léon Minkus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Ballet, Ballet

18
22 31
Vincent Persichetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

19
71 101
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Romance, Classical music, Jazz

20
5 0
Christopher Norton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
acapellasrverycool added 21st-Century Classical, Neo-Classism, Jazz

21
56 82
Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Baroque music

22
12 12
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Chamber music, Classical music

23
19 30
David Lane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

24
8 8
Alban Berg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Opera, Serialism, Atonal music

25
10 18
Libby Larson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
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