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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
4,103 1,289
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

2
4,122 1,292
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)

3
3,766 1,076
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

4
2,331 1,069
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)

5
2,266 939
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,718 906
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)

7
1,541 644
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,437 690
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)

9
1,315 663
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,269 601
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809)

11
1,374 590
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)

12
1,218 520
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)

13
1,275 747
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)

14
1,184 506
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)

15
1,168 426
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)

16
862 441
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)

17
1,002 379
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)

18
999 406
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 51 (1860-1911)

19
794 358
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)

20
785 351
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1891-1953)

21
819 400
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)

22
662 341
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)

23
735 354
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)

24
610 283
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)

25
657 323
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)

26
673 315
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 92 (1865-1957)

27
599 250
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 86 (1835-1921)

28
520 256
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 76 (1792-1868)

29
507 259
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1858-1924)

30
435 246
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 37 (1838-1875)

31
473 240
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1844-1908)

32
510 310
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)

33
411 234
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 42 (1839-1881)

34
494 349
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1898-1937)

35
437 241
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1685-1757)

36
481 380
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1825-1899)

37
348 213
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1803-1869)

38
430 239
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 58 (1782-1840)

39
468 288
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 36 (1659-1695)

40
384 222
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 77 (1857-1934)

41
444 266
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Dec. at 86 (1681-1767)

42
375 167
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 76 (1567-1643)

43
328 199
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1824-1896)

44
363 227
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 60 (1874-1934)

45
309 167
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
doremifasola added Dec. at 81 (1683-1764)

46
347 200
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 59 (1866-1925)

47
318 137
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 79 (1845-1924)

48
265 143
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 60 (1824-1884)

49
236 152
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 43 (1872-1915)

50
325 184
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Dec. at 60 (1653-1713)