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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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3,824 1,160
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

2
3,788 1,169
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827)

3
3,487 986
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

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2,149 981
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

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2,074 890
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

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1,610 830
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

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1,428 601
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

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1,341 641
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

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1,227 614
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

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1,192 686
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

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1,275 551
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

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1,107 474
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

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1,178 571
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Joseph Haydn Died at 77 (1732-1809)

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1,097 472
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

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1,091 395
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

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805 405
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Died at 88 (1813-1901)

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927 347
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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936 377
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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736 338
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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627 318
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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728 338
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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760 381
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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687 335
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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573 263
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

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609 303
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

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616 296
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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555 236
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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492 234
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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472 242
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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410 226
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

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444 222
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

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422 223
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

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474 287
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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385 219
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

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468 328
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

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406 215
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

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324 197
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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450 363
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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445 278
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

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354 210
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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430 249
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Georg Philipp Telemann Died at 86 (1681-1767)

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347 154
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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302 188
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

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335 212
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

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294 154
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
doremifasola added Jean-Philippe Rameau Died at 81 (1683-1764)

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249 131
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)

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314 172
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

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221 140
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Scriabin Died at 43 (1872-1915)

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307 187
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Erik Satie Died at 59 (1866-1925)

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250 151
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Borodin Died at 54 (1833-1887)