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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
4,137 1,296
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)

2
4,114 1,297
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

3
3,779 1,080
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

4
2,339 1,073
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)

5
2,273 942
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,729 910
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)

7
1,549 650
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,442 695
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)

9
1,321 667
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,275 605
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809)

11
1,285 751
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)

12
1,226 523
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)

13
1,380 594
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)

14
1,187 512
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)

15
1,177 427
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)

16
867 443
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)

17
1,011 382
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)

18
1,004 408
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 51 (1860-1911)

19
798 362
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)

20
791 352
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1891-1953)

21
828 401
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)

22
663 344
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)

23
741 355
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)

24
662 325
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)

25
613 286
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)

26
675 317
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 92 (1865-1957)

27
604 250
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 86 (1835-1921)

28
510 261
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1858-1924)

29
521 258
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 76 (1792-1868)

30
438 247
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 37 (1838-1875)

31
479 242
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1844-1908)

32
512 311
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)

33
413 235
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 42 (1839-1881)

34
497 350
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1898-1937)

35
437 243
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1685-1757)

36
483 383
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1825-1899)

37
353 216
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1803-1869)

38
434 243
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 58 (1782-1840)

39
471 289
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 36 (1659-1695)

40
384 223
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 77 (1857-1934)

41
445 268
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Dec. at 86 (1681-1767)

42
375 168
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 76 (1567-1643)

43
329 201
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1824-1896)

44
366 228
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 60 (1874-1934)

45
310 168
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
doremifasola added Dec. at 81 (1683-1764)

46
348 200
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 59 (1866-1925)

47
265 143
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 60 (1824-1884)

48
318 138
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 79 (1845-1924)

49
237 152
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 43 (1872-1915)

50
327 184
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Dec. at 60 (1653-1713)