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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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2,861 801
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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2,580 681
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

3
2,922 813
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

4
1,613 724
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
1,562 685
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,047 455
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

7
1,112 412
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,255 611
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

9
913 412
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
982 453
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

11
978 415
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

12
816 344
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

13
833 283
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

14
922 518
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

15
816 384
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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618 323
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Died at 88 (1813-1901)

17
697 257
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

18
729 289
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
579 265
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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488 244
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Robert Alexander Schumann Died at 46 (1810-1856)

21
541 258
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Prokofiev Died at 62 (1891-1953)

22
503 258
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

23
572 305
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

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474 231
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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480 224
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

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400 209
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

27
414 182
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Camille Saint-Saëns Died at 86 (1835-1921)

28
375 177
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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354 187
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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350 161
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

31
308 169
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

32
330 170
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

33
373 214
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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299 160
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

35
369 184
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Georg Philipp Telemann Died at 86 (1681-1767)

36
258 153
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

37
374 220
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

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348 302
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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347 262
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

40
295 163
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

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276 117
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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274 121
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

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284 167
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

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251 110
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
mainpleine added Jean-Philippe Rameau Died at 81 (1683-1764)

45
240 139
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

46
243 167
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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219 98
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gabriel Fauré Died at 79 (1845-1924)

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213 120
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
259 150
Tomaso Albinoni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Tomaso Albinoni Died at 80 (1671-1751)

50
174 94
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)