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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
Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
South Korea
2
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
3
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
4
Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
5
Karlheinz Stockhausen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
6
Milton Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
7
Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
8
Henri Pousseur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Belgium
9
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
10
Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
11
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Austria-Hungary
12
Ralph Shapey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
13
Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
France, United States of America
14
Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Germany
15
Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
16
Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
17
Morton Feldman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
18
David Lane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
19
Léon Minkus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Austria
20
Vincent Persichetti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
21
Iannis Xenakis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
22
Vincent d'Indy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
23
Libby Larson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Libby Larson
24
Christopher Norton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
acapellasrverycool added United Kingdom
25
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America