Composers The Best Classical Composers  

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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
5,294 1,770
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)
2
5,213 1,776
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)
3
4,737 1,541
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)
4
2,915 1,586
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)
5
2,912 1,265
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)
6
2,086 820
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)
7
1,860 852
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)
8
2,213 1,159
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)
9
1,708 683
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)
10
1,768 756
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)
11
1,594 953
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)
12
1,602 865
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)
13
1,554 769
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809)
14
1,522 689
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)
15
1,466 547
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)
16
1,400 499
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)
17
1,089 564
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)
18
1,362 512
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 51 (1860-1911)
19
1,095 509
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)
20
1,021 459
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)
21
981 428
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1891-1953)
22
820 411
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)
23
900 383
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)
24
772 354
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)
25
912 508
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)