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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
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
2
Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
South Korea
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
Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
9
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
10
Henri Pousseur is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Belgium
11
Ralph Shapey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
12
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Austria-Hungary
13
Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
France, United States of America
14
Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
15
Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Germany
16
Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Charles Ives United States of America
17
Morton Feldman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
18
Iannis Xenakis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
19
Vincent Persichetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
United States of America
20
David Lane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
21
Léon Minkus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Austria
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
Josef Hauer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Josef Hauer