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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Joseph Haydn Died at 77 (1732-1809)

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

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1,059 460
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

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

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Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Béla Bartók Died at 64 (1881-1945)

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

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Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

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

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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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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)

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Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Claudio Monteverdi Died at 76 (1567-1643)

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Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

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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)

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

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Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

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Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

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

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

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Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Erik Satie Died at 59 (1866-1925)