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. ;)

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178 130
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
John Cage Opera, Ballet, Aleatoric music

2
128 86
Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Yiruma Film score

3
121 83
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Ludovico Einaudi New Age music, Classical music, Minimal music

4
140 132
Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Philip Glass Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

5
46 37
Milton Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Milton Babbitt Classical music, Serialism

6
77 67
Karlheinz Stockhausen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Karlheinz Stockhausen Musique concrète, Opera, Chamber music

7
11 6
Henri Pousseur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Henri Pousseur Opera, Electronic music, Chamber music

8
25 22
Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Laurie Anderson Experimental music, Art rock

9
23 21
Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Meredith Monk Avant-garde music

10
24 26
Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Edgard Varèse Musique concrète, Experimental classical music, Avant-garde music

11
24 27
Ralph Shapey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

12
70 79
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Steve Reich Opera, Chamber music, Contemporary classical music

13
7 4
Alban Berg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Alban Berg Opera, Serialism, Atonal music

14
4 0
Christopher Norton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
1525053266880 added Christopher Norton 21st-Century Classical, Neo-Classism, Jazz

15
30 38
Morton Feldman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

16
6 4
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Giacomo Puccini Opera, Chamber music, Classical music

17
70 87
Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Carl Orff Opera, 20th-century classical music

18
19 26
Léon Minkus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Léon Minkus Ballet, Ballet

19
28 37
Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Charles Ives Art song, Classical music, 20th-century classical music

20
22 31
Vincent Persichetti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

21
85 120
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

22
3 3
Anton Webern is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Anton Webern Serialism, Atonal music, 20th-century classical music

23
10 18
Libby Larson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Libby Larson

24
5 6
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Béla Bartók Opera, Ballet, Art song

25
4 5
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Jean Sibelius Opera, Incidental music, Art song

26
19 30
David Lane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

27
8 16
Tikhon Khrennikov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Tikhon Khrennikov Opera, Ballet, Chamber music

28
8 16
Nikolai Roslavets is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

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12 21
Vincent d'Indy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

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9 18
Josef Hauer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Josef Hauer

31
16 27
Iannis Xenakis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Iannis Xenakis Musique concrète, Opera

32
52 77
Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Johann Pachelbel Baroque music

33
63 92
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
John Williams Romance, Classical music, Jazz

34
13 28
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Robert Alexander Schumann Opera, Romantic music, Lied - If Chopin and Strauss II are overrated, then Robert Schumann is also overrated...

35
6 13
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
George Frideric Handel Opera, Classical music, Baroque music

36
22 46
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky Opera, Ballet, Incidental music

37
56 111
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Hector Berlioz Opera, Romantic music, Classical music

38
67 147
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
George Gershwin Opera, Musical theatre, Film score

39
17 47
Zoltán Kodály is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Zoltán Kodály Opera, Art song, 20th-century classical music

40
14 44
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opera, Ballet, Art song

41
47 106
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Erik Satie Opera, Ballet, 20th-century classical music

42
38 93
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Opera, Classical music - He sucks massive balls all day

43
131 231
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Frédéric Chopin Romantic music, Art song, Classical music

44
23 73
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Edvard Grieg Incidental music, Art song, Chamber music

45
41 97
Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Aaron Copland Opera, Ballet, Ballet

46
15 54
Christoph Willibald Gluck is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Christoph Willibald Gluck Opera, Ballet, Ballet

47
30 87
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Georges Bizet Opera, Incidental music, Art song

48
67 174
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Johannes Brahms Classical music

49
43 144
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Igor Stravinsky Opera, Ballet, Chamber music

50
62 190
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Classical music, Baroque music