Musicians 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
3,927 1,205
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 65 (1685-1750)

2
3,903 1,201
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 57 (1770-1827)

3
3,586 1,017
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 35 (1756-1791)

4
2,215 1,010
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
2,142 907
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,656 852
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 63 (1678-1741)

7
1,376 662
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 31 (1797-1828)

8
1,461 621
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 64 (1833-1897)

9
1,260 635
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,220 710
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 70 (1813-1883)

11
1,151 491
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 56 (1862-1918)

12
1,308 567
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 70 (1873-1943)

13
1,208 587
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Died at 77 (1732-1809)

14
1,132 488
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 75 (1811-1886)

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1,115 408
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 63 (1841-1904)

16
828 422
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 88 (1813-1901)

17
952 362
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 69 (1906-1975)

18
956 391
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Died at 51 (1860-1911)

19
761 348
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 38 (1809-1847)

20
750 344
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 62 (1891-1953)

21
640 330
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 46 (1810-1856)

22
706 341
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 64 (1843-1907)

23
775 390
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 89 (1882-1971)

24
586 270
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 85 (1864-1949)

25
626 310
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 62 (1875-1937)

26
639 300
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 92 (1865-1957)

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567 241
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 86 (1835-1921)

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506 237
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 76 (1792-1868)

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493 244
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 66 (1858-1924)

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423 227
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 37 (1838-1875)

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454 225
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 64 (1844-1908)

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430 229
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 72 (1685-1757)

33
485 295
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 64 (1881-1945)

34
394 225
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 42 (1839-1881)

35
474 335
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 39 (1898-1937)

36
334 200
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 66 (1803-1869)

37
460 367
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 74 (1825-1899)

38
415 224
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 58 (1782-1840)

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454 282
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 36 (1659-1695)

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366 214
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 77 (1857-1934)

41
433 255
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Died at 86 (1681-1767)

42
357 160
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Died at 76 (1567-1643)

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313 191
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 72 (1824-1896)

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345 218
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 60 (1874-1934)

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299 160
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
doremifasola added Died at 81 (1683-1764)

46
318 178
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Died at 60 (1653-1713)

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253 137
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 60 (1824-1884)

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225 143
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 43 (1872-1915)

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319 193
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 59 (1866-1925)

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256 154
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 54 (1833-1887)