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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
4,017 1,254
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

2
4,034 1,259
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)

3
3,682 1,057
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

4
2,276 1,049
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)

5
2,209 928
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,689 884
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)

7
1,415 681
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)

8
1,500 638
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)

9
1,292 653
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,254 730
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)

11
1,191 506
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)

12
1,244 597
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809)

13
1,350 581
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)

14
1,162 499
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)

15
1,141 419
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)

16
852 432
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)

17
982 370
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)

18
978 399
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 51 (1860-1911)

19
781 353
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)

20
772 348
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1891-1953)

21
803 396
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)

22
650 339
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)

23
722 347
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)

24
645 318
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)

25
599 280
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)

26
656 311
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 92 (1865-1957)

27
586 247
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 86 (1835-1921)

28
514 249
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 76 (1792-1868)

29
501 255
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1858-1924)

30
430 240
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 37 (1838-1875)

31
464 236
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1844-1908)

32
504 306
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)

33
407 232
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 42 (1839-1881)

34
436 239
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1685-1757)

35
489 345
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1898-1937)

36
470 376
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1825-1899)

37
341 210
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1803-1869)

38
423 236
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 58 (1782-1840)

39
465 287
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 36 (1659-1695)

40
380 220
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 77 (1857-1934)

41
442 263
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Dec. at 86 (1681-1767)

42
325 197
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1824-1896)

43
367 165
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 76 (1567-1643)

44
356 224
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 60 (1874-1934)

45
306 166
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
doremifasola added Dec. at 81 (1683-1764)

46
336 199
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 59 (1866-1925)

47
259 142
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 60 (1824-1884)

48
308 137
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 79 (1845-1924)

49
321 184
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Dec. at 60 (1653-1713)

50
262 160
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 54 (1833-1887)