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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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1
4,126 1,293
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)

2
4,105 1,293
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

3
3,770 1,076
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

4
2,333 1,069
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)

5
2,268 941
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,723 907
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)

7
1,543 646
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,438 692
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)

9
1,317 664
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,270 602
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809)

11
1,377 591
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)

12
1,220 521
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)

13
1,280 749
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)

14
1,185 508
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)

15
1,171 426
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)

16
864 442
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)

17
1,005 380
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)

18
1,000 407
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 51 (1860-1911)

19
794 359
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)

20
787 351
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1891-1953)

21
822 401
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)

22
662 342
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)

23
736 354
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)

24
659 323
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)

25
612 284
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)

26
674 315
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 92 (1865-1957)

27
599 250
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 86 (1835-1921)

28
520 256
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 76 (1792-1868)

29
508 259
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1858-1924)

30
436 246
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 37 (1838-1875)

31
476 240
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1844-1908)

32
412 234
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 42 (1839-1881)

33
510 310
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)

34
495 349
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1898-1937)

35
437 241
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1685-1757)

36
481 381
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1825-1899)

37
349 214
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1803-1869)

38
432 240
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 58 (1782-1840)

39
468 288
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 36 (1659-1695)

40
384 222
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 77 (1857-1934)

41
444 266
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Dec. at 86 (1681-1767)

42
375 167
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 76 (1567-1643)

43
329 199
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1824-1896)

44
364 227
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 60 (1874-1934)

45
309 167
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
doremifasola added Dec. at 81 (1683-1764)

46
347 200
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 59 (1866-1925)

47
318 137
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 79 (1845-1924)

48
265 143
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 60 (1824-1884)

49
236 152
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 43 (1872-1915)

50
326 184
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Dec. at 60 (1653-1713)