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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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2,878 808
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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2,936 819
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

3
2,598 687
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

4
1,622 734
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
1,572 690
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,055 458
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

7
1,122 417
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,262 615
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

9
989 456
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

10
921 416
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
983 421
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

12
839 288
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

13
826 348
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

14
930 524
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

15
821 391
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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623 330
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Died at 88 (1813-1901)

17
702 262
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

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740 291
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Gustav Mahler Died at 51 (1860-1911)

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586 270
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847)

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494 251
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Robert Alexander Schumann Died at 46 (1810-1856)

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547 264
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Prokofiev Died at 62 (1891-1953)

22
580 307
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

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505 265
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

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476 236
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

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407 211
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

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483 230
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

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416 186
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Camille Saint-Saëns Died at 86 (1835-1921)

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379 181
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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359 190
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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353 165
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

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309 175
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

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332 175
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

33
377 218
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Béla Bartók Died at 64 (1881-1945)

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374 186
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)

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299 165
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

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377 222
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

37
259 157
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

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352 304
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Strauss II Died at 74 (1825-1899)

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351 265
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

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290 169
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

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282 119
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Claudio Monteverdi Died at 76 (1567-1643)

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297 166
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

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277 123
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

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246 140
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

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254 111
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)

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245 171
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

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215 122
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Died at 74 (1714-1788)

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220 101
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gabriel Fauré Died at 79 (1845-1924)

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262 153
Tomaso Albinoni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Tomaso Albinoni Died at 80 (1671-1751)

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177 97
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)