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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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2,748 764
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827)

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2
2,817 778
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

3
2,474 648
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

4
1,554 689
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
1,497 656
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,018 432
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

7
1,069 390
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,210 585
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

9
954 433
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

10
886 389
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
937 397
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

12
778 330
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

13
802 271
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

14
887 492
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

15
783 365
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

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583 311
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Died at 88 (1813-1901)

17
688 274
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Gustav Mahler Died at 51 (1860-1911)

18
663 248
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

19
564 249
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847)

20
469 231
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Robert Alexander Schumann Died at 46 (1810-1856)

21
509 250
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Prokofiev Died at 62 (1891-1953)

22
479 251
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

23
546 292
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

24
454 222
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

25
462 217
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

26
383 201
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

27
401 176
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Camille Saint-Saëns Died at 86 (1835-1921)

28
361 168
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gioacchino Rossini Died at 76 (1792-1868)

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337 182
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giacomo Puccini Died at 66 (1858-1924)

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343 151
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

31
296 163
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

32
318 165
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

33
358 206
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Béla Bartók Died at 64 (1881-1945)

34
364 176
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Georg Philipp Telemann Died at 86 (1681-1767)

35
283 154
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

36
251 147
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

37
368 210
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

38
341 289
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Strauss II Died at 74 (1825-1899)

39
336 255
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

40
272 115
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

41
234 132
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

42
279 160
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

43
273 160
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

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270 109
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Claudio Monteverdi Died at 76 (1567-1643)

45
248 104
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
mainpleine added Jean-Philippe Rameau Died at 81 (1683-1764)

46
207 115
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Died at 74 (1714-1788)

47
231 164
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

48
214 92
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gabriel Fauré Died at 79 (1845-1924)

49
171 88
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)

50
256 144
Tomaso Albinoni is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Tomaso Albinoni Died at 80 (1671-1751)