Composers The Best Classical Composers  

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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
5,220 1,732
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)
2
5,122 1,753
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)
3
4,645 1,519
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)
4
2,861 1,559
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)
5
2,839 1,248
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)
6
2,043 803
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)
7
1,820 836
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)
8
2,171 1,138
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)
9
1,669 667
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)
10
1,730 743
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)
11
1,577 849
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)
12
1,564 937
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)
13
1,534 754
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809)
14
1,486 676
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)
15
1,440 541
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)
16
1,368 486
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)
17
1,339 502
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 51 (1860-1911)
18
1,066 559
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)
19
1,080 495
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)
20
996 452
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)
21
964 420
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1891-1953)
22
808 406
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)
23
884 380
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)
24
762 347
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)
25
898 500
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)