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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3,937 1,212
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 65 (1685-1750)

2
3,913 1,209
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 57 (1770-1827)

3
3,593 1,023
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 35 (1756-1791)

4
2,223 1,014
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
2,145 912
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,660 858
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 63 (1678-1741)

7
1,380 665
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 31 (1797-1828)

8
1,466 624
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 64 (1833-1897)

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1,263 638
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,155 493
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 56 (1862-1918)

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1,222 715
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 70 (1813-1883)

12
1,311 570
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 70 (1873-1943)

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1,212 589
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Died at 77 (1732-1809)

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1,135 490
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 75 (1811-1886)

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1,120 409
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 63 (1841-1904)

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831 423
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 88 (1813-1901)

17
955 363
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 69 (1906-1975)

18
959 394
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Died at 51 (1860-1911)

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765 349
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 38 (1809-1847)

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754 345
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 62 (1891-1953)

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641 333
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 46 (1810-1856)

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708 342
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 64 (1843-1907)

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778 392
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 89 (1882-1971)

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588 273
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 85 (1864-1949)

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629 312
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 62 (1875-1937)

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640 303
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 92 (1865-1957)

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571 242
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 86 (1835-1921)

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507 240
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 76 (1792-1868)

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494 246
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 66 (1858-1924)

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424 230
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 37 (1838-1875)

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458 226
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 64 (1844-1908)

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431 232
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 72 (1685-1757)

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486 299
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 64 (1881-1945)

34
394 228
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 42 (1839-1881)

35
477 336
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 39 (1898-1937)

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335 202
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 66 (1803-1869)

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462 369
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 74 (1825-1899)

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417 227
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 58 (1782-1840)

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455 284
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 36 (1659-1695)

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371 215
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 77 (1857-1934)

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435 257
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Died at 86 (1681-1767)

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359 161
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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314 192
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 72 (1824-1896)

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349 219
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 60 (1874-1934)

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299 163
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
doremifasola added Died at 81 (1683-1764)

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255 138
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 60 (1824-1884)

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322 195
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 59 (1866-1925)

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318 181
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Died at 60 (1653-1713)

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258 156
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 54 (1833-1887)

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225 146
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Died at 43 (1872-1915)