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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
4,405 1,408
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

2
4,411 1,409
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)

3
4,020 1,158
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

4
2,508 1,158
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)

5
2,431 1,009
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,852 986
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)

7
1,530 739
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)

8
1,639 698
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)

9
1,404 710
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,357 805
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)

11
1,474 638
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)

12
1,306 562
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)

13
1,342 655
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809)

14
1,249 454
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)

15
1,243 557
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)

16
922 470
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)

17
1,072 417
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)

18
1,069 433
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 51 (1860-1911)

19
860 378
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)

20
833 373
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1891-1953)

21
880 430
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)

22
696 364
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)

23
777 377
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)

24
661 302
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)

25
697 342
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)