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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
4,253 1,354
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

2
4,274 1,358
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)

3
3,900 1,115
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

4
2,433 1,112
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)

5
2,346 967
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,791 939
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)

7
1,480 718
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)

8
1,589 677
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)

9
1,367 686
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,268 538
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)

11
1,304 626
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809)

12
1,316 775
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)

13
1,423 613
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)

14
1,216 531
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)

15
1,209 443
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)

16
892 458
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)

17
1,039 398
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)

18
1,025 423
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 51 (1860-1911)

19
827 367
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)

20
812 365
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1891-1953)

21
847 417
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)

22
677 354
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)

23
759 365
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)

24
633 294
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)

25
675 336
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)

26
620 260
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 86 (1835-1921)

27
690 329
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 92 (1865-1957)

28
529 266
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1858-1924)

29
541 265
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 76 (1792-1868)

30
494 247
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1844-1908)

31
447 257
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 37 (1838-1875)

32
424 241
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 42 (1839-1881)

33
498 390
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1825-1899)

34
519 320
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)

35
509 359
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1898-1937)

36
446 250
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1685-1757)

37
359 226
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1803-1869)

38
453 252
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 58 (1782-1840)

39
482 294
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 36 (1659-1695)

40
398 230
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 77 (1857-1934)

41
453 273
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Dec. at 86 (1681-1767)

42
377 234
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 60 (1874-1934)

43
333 210
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1824-1896)

44
380 176
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 76 (1567-1643)

45
356 204
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 59 (1866-1925)

46
312 173
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
doremifasola added Dec. at 81 (1683-1764)

47
329 142
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 79 (1845-1924)

48
243 155
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 43 (1872-1915)

49
269 148
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 60 (1824-1884)

50
331 188
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Dec. at 60 (1653-1713)