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The best classical composers of all time ranked from best to worst. These classical composers are some of the best musicians in history, and are responsible for some of the greatest works of classical music the world has ever heard. Though these were men of a classical era of music, their concertos, sonatas, and movements are present in everything from rock concerts to blockbuster movies and are some of the most popular classical songs.

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3,392 1,005
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827)

2
3,472 992
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

3
3,111 849
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

4
1,936 865
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
1,881 798
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,229 552
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

7
1,295 508
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,476 724
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

9
1,132 540
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,069 506
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Joseph Haydn Died at 77 (1732-1809)

11
996 416
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

12
996 351
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

13
1,147 504
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

14
1,076 605
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

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987 431
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

16
735 370
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Died at 88 (1813-1901)

17
837 311
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

18
862 342
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Gustav Mahler Died at 51 (1860-1911)

19
673 312
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847)

20
566 291
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Robert Alexander Schumann Died at 46 (1810-1856)

21
654 311
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Prokofiev Died at 62 (1891-1953)

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22
599 307
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

23
675 355
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

24
505 241
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

25
555 278
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

26
568 273
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

27
456 210
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gioacchino Rossini Died at 76 (1792-1868)

28
485 218
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Camille Saint-Saëns Died at 86 (1835-1921)

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434 223
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giacomo Puccini Died at 66 (1858-1924)

30
368 209
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

31
402 205
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

32
386 200
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

33
347 199
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

34
436 260
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Béla Bartók Died at 64 (1881-1945)

35
421 338
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Strauss II Died at 74 (1825-1899)

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364 192
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

37
298 183
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

38
420 301
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

39
417 256
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

40
406 229
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Georg Philipp Telemann Died at 86 (1681-1767)

41
324 141
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Claudio Monteverdi Died at 76 (1567-1643)

42
321 198
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

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275 138
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
doremifasola added Jean-Philippe Rameau Died at 81 (1683-1764)

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273 169
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

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294 153
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

46
293 198
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

47
219 117
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)

48
229 139
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Borodin Died at 54 (1833-1887)

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274 169
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Erik Satie Died at 59 (1866-1925)

50
246 150
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Died at 74 (1714-1788)