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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.

Who are the greatest classical composers? What are the characteristics of the best classical composers? Who wrote the best classical music? This list of the top classical composers aims to answer these questions and others that have to do with determining who the best composers of classical music were and are. If your favorite classical composer isn't on the list of the best

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2,969 846
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827)

2
3,040 846
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

3
2,699 716
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

4
1,670 763
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
1,631 711
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,089 466
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

7
1,157 429
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,297 632
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

9
958 428
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Joseph Haydn Died at 77 (1732-1809)

10
1,015 463
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

11
870 296
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

12
1,014 434
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

13
855 359
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

14
955 538
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time

15
855 396
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

16
728 268
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

17
644 334
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giuseppe Verdi Died at 88 (1813-1901)

18
761 300
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Gustav Mahler Died at 51 (1860-1911)

19
511 254
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Robert Alexander Schumann Died at 46 (1810-1856)

20
604 276
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847)

21
564 270
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Prokofiev Died at 62 (1891-1953)

The Most Beautiful Women of All Time

22
597 313
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

23
519 272
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

24
486 242
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

25
497 236
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

26
422 215
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

27
393 183
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gioacchino Rossini Died at 76 (1792-1868)

28
429 192
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Camille Saint-Saëns Died at 86 (1835-1921)

The Best Classical Pianists in the World

29
375 194
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Giacomo Puccini Died at 66 (1858-1924)

30
322 181
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

31
361 170
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

32
345 177
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

33
309 166
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

34
391 223
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Béla Bartók Died at 64 (1881-1945)

35
383 194
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Georg Philipp Telemann Died at 86 (1681-1767)

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36
269 158
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

37
368 307
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Strauss II Died at 74 (1825-1899)

38
383 228
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

39
310 170
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

40
364 267
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

41
290 123
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Claudio Monteverdi Died at 76 (1567-1643)

42
297 174
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

The Most Famous Classical Guitarists

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253 143
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

44
281 126
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

45
258 113
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
mainpleine added Jean-Philippe Rameau Died at 81 (1683-1764)

46
224 124
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Died at 74 (1714-1788)

47
250 175
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

48
227 106
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gabriel Fauré Died at 79 (1845-1924)

49
187 99
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)

50
167 107
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Scriabin Died at 43 (1872-1915)