Composers The Best Classical Composers  

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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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1
5,184 1,714
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)
2
5,088 1,743
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)
3
4,610 1,513
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)
4
2,842 1,555
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)
5
2,816 1,239
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)
6
2,031 797
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)
7
1,809 832
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)
8
2,152 1,133
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)
9
1,660 661
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)
10
1,714 739
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)
11
1,567 844
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)
12
1,552 934
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)
13
1,526 752
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809)
14
1,470 673
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)
15
1,427 540
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)
16
1,356 483
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 69 (1906-1975)
17
1,332 499
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 51 (1860-1911)
18
1,056 555
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)
19
1,072 493
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)
20
958 418
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1891-1953)
21
986 450
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)
22
801 405
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)
23
879 378
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)
24
758 345
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)
25
889 498
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)