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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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3,555 1,075
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827)

2
3,259 908
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

3
3,609 1,053
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

4
2,020 914
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
1,964 834
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,274 598
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

7
1,531 767
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

8
1,347 553
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

9
1,173 570
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,113 533
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
1,196 523
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

12
1,035 443
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

13
1,121 632
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

14
1,029 447
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

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15
1,029 378
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

16
767 387
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Died at 88 (1813-1901)

17
871 327
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

18
892 357
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
699 326
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847)

20
681 321
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Prokofiev Died at 62 (1891-1953)

21
588 305
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Robert Alexander Schumann Died at 46 (1810-1856)

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22
636 319
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

23
710 360
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

24
533 251
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

25
574 289
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

26
584 285
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

27
470 223
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gioacchino Rossini Died at 76 (1792-1868)

28
514 229
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Camille Saint-Saëns Died at 86 (1835-1921)

The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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448 232
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giacomo Puccini Died at 66 (1858-1924)

30
386 218
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

31
418 212
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

32
370 206
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

33
404 211
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

34
454 271
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Béla Bartók Died at 64 (1881-1945)

35
432 351
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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381 203
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

37
441 310
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

38
305 191
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

39
429 266
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

40
418 236
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Georg Philipp Telemann Died at 86 (1681-1767)

41
337 147
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
332 204
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

The Most Famous Classical Guitarists

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282 145
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
282 178
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

45
313 204
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

46
303 161
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

47
229 124
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)

48
288 177
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Erik Satie Died at 59 (1866-1925)

49
205 134
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Scriabin Died at 43 (1872-1915)

50
235 146
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Borodin Died at 54 (1833-1887)