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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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2,809 776
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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2,733 761
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827)

3
2,460 644
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

4
1,551 682
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
1,488 655
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,013 431
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

7
1,063 389
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,208 583
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

9
947 433
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

10
882 388
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Joseph Haydn Died at 77 (1732-1809)

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932 394
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

12
772 329
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

13
798 270
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

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886 489
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

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780 362
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

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580 310
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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683 270
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Gustav Mahler Died at 51 (1860-1911)

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661 246
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

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561 248
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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467 231
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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507 247
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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479 249
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

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545 290
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

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452 221
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

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460 215
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

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381 201
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

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401 173
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Camille Saint-Saëns Died at 86 (1835-1921)

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360 166
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gioacchino Rossini Died at 76 (1792-1868)

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336 180
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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343 149
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

31
296 160
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

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318 162
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

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358 203
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Béla Bartók Died at 64 (1881-1945)

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283 151
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Died at 42 (1839-1881)

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363 174
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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251 145
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

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367 208
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

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340 287
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Strauss II Died at 74 (1825-1899)

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335 253
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

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272 113
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

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279 158
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

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231 131
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

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273 158
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

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269 108
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Claudio Monteverdi Died at 76 (1567-1643)

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248 102
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)

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207 113
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)

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231 162
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

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214 90
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gabriel Fauré Died at 79 (1845-1924)

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171 86
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)

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256 142
Tomaso Albinoni is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Tomaso Albinoni Died at 80 (1671-1751)