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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.

These top classical composers have written some of the most relaxing music, the most inspirational music, and the most beautiful music in the world. They are the greatest composers who ever have lived.

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3,219 941
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827)

2
3,297 931
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

3
2,949 795
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

4
1,833 826
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
1,772 763
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,175 514
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

7
1,241 474
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,402 682
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

9
1,029 470
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Joseph Haydn Died at 77 (1732-1809)

10
1,088 509
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

11
938 398
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

12
1,098 481
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

13
939 331
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

14
1,017 585
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

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15
927 419
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

16
795 296
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

17
695 360
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Died at 88 (1813-1901)

18
825 328
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Gustav Mahler Died at 51 (1860-1911)

19
645 297
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847)

20
544 276
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Robert Alexander Schumann Died at 46 (1810-1856)

21
619 295
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Prokofiev Died at 62 (1891-1953)

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22
572 294
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

23
641 340
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

24
522 269
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

25
468 235
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

26
536 263
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

27
430 205
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gioacchino Rossini Died at 76 (1792-1868)

28
465 211
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Camille Saint-Saëns Died at 86 (1835-1921)

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29
400 217
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giacomo Puccini Died at 66 (1858-1924)

30
382 195
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

31
349 203
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

32
379 191
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

33
420 245
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Béla Bartók Died at 64 (1881-1945)

34
331 185
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

35
402 327
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Strauss II Died at 74 (1825-1899)

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36
402 286
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

37
397 215
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Georg Philipp Telemann Died at 86 (1681-1767)

38
406 246
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

39
283 178
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

40
335 184
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

41
313 133
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Claudio Monteverdi Died at 76 (1567-1643)

42
311 188
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

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43
269 128
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
doremifasola added Jean-Philippe Rameau Died at 81 (1683-1764)

44
267 160
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

45
287 145
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

46
273 192
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

47
243 118
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gabriel Fauré Died at 79 (1845-1924)

48
236 142
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Died at 74 (1714-1788)

49
203 112
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)

50
213 133
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Borodin Died at 54 (1833-1887)