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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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3,487 1,044
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827)

2
3,552 1,024
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

3
3,204 882
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

4
1,987 894
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
1,930 821
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,257 576
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

7
1,510 749
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

8
1,324 530
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

9
1,157 552
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,090 518
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
1,013 431
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

12
1,173 514
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

13
1,099 618
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

14
1,014 367
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

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15
1,010 440
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

16
755 381
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Died at 88 (1813-1901)

17
854 321
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

18
875 351
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
687 319
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847)

20
580 299
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Robert Alexander Schumann Died at 46 (1810-1856)

21
670 318
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
622 312
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

23
693 359
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

24
518 247
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

25
565 283
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

26
578 280
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

27
464 219
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gioacchino Rossini Died at 76 (1792-1868)

28
502 226
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
441 228
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giacomo Puccini Died at 66 (1858-1924)

30
379 215
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

31
414 208
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

32
360 204
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

33
447 265
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Béla Bartók Died at 64 (1881-1945)

34
395 208
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

35
429 344
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
374 198
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

37
433 307
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

38
304 189
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

39
424 263
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

40
414 234
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
330 203
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

42
331 145
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Claudio Monteverdi Died at 76 (1567-1643)

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43
281 143
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
278 176
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

45
301 159
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

46
310 202
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

47
224 121
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)

48
284 176
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Erik Satie Died at 59 (1866-1925)

49
234 145
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Borodin Died at 54 (1833-1887)

50
199 133
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Scriabin Died at 43 (1872-1915)