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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.

These top classical composers have written some of the most relaxing music, the most inspirational music, and the most beautiful music in the world. They are the greatest composers who ever have lived.

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2,934 783
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

2
3,202 935
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827)

3
3,279 923
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

4
1,828 821
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
1,762 759
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,173 509
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

7
1,238 470
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,395 681
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

9
1,025 468
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Joseph Haydn Died at 77 (1732-1809)

10
1,085 505
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

11
1,093 475
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

12
930 395
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

13
933 328
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

14
1,014 582
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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15
926 415
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

16
792 294
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

17
694 358
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Died at 88 (1813-1901)

18
821 325
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
643 295
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847)

20
544 273
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Robert Alexander Schumann Died at 46 (1810-1856)

21
618 293
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
570 293
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

23
641 337
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

24
522 266
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

25
467 233
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

26
534 261
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

27
430 202
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gioacchino Rossini Died at 76 (1792-1868)

28
464 209
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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29
399 215
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giacomo Puccini Died at 66 (1858-1924)

30
381 193
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

31
348 201
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

32
378 189
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

33
420 242
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Béla Bartók Died at 64 (1881-1945)

34
330 183
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

35
401 325
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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36
397 213
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Georg Philipp Telemann Died at 86 (1681-1767)

37
400 284
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

38
283 175
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

39
404 244
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

40
334 182
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

41
310 132
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
310 187
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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267 127
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
mainpleine added Jean-Philippe Rameau Died at 81 (1683-1764)

44
265 158
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

45
287 143
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

46
272 191
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

47
243 116
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gabriel Fauré Died at 79 (1845-1924)

48
235 141
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Died at 74 (1714-1788)

49
201 110
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)

50
213 131
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Borodin Died at 54 (1833-1887)