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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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3,814 1,158
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johann Sebastian Bach Died at 65 (1685-1750)

2
3,774 1,168
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Ludwig van Beethoven Died at 57 (1770-1827)

3
3,478 983
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Died at 35 (1756-1791)

4
2,141 979
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Died at 53 (1840-1893)

5
2,070 889
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Frédéric Chopin Died at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,607 826
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonio Vivaldi Died at 63 (1678-1741)

7
1,425 598
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Johannes Brahms Died at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,338 640
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828)

9
1,226 613
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Frideric Handel Died at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,189 685
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883)

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1,272 550
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943)

12
1,104 473
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Claude Debussy Died at 56 (1862-1918)

13
1,176 569
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Joseph Haydn Died at 77 (1732-1809)

14
1,093 472
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886)

15
1,088 393
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Antonín Dvořák Died at 63 (1841-1904)

16
802 405
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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922 347
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975)

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935 377
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Gustav Mahler Died at 51 (1860-1911)

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733 337
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847)

20
625 317
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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758 381
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971)

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724 338
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Sergei Prokofiev Died at 62 (1891-1953)

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684 335
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edvard Grieg Died at 64 (1843-1907)

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571 263
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949)

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608 303
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Maurice Ravel Died at 62 (1875-1937)

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613 296
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957)

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554 236
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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492 234
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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472 242
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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410 226
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Georges Bizet Died at 37 (1838-1875)

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444 222
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908)

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421 223
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Domenico Scarlatti Died at 72 (1685-1757)

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473 287
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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385 219
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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468 328
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
George Gershwin Died at 39 (1898-1937)

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405 215
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Niccolò Paganini Died at 58 (1782-1840)

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324 197
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Hector Berlioz Died at 66 (1803-1869)

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450 363
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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445 278
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Henry Purcell Died at 36 (1659-1695)

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353 210
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Edward Elgar Died at 77 (1857-1934)

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429 249
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Georg Philipp Telemann Died at 86 (1681-1767)

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346 154
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Claudio Monteverdi Died at 76 (1567-1643)

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301 188
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896)

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334 211
Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Gustav Holst Died at 60 (1874-1934)

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294 154
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classical Composers
doremifasola added Jean-Philippe Rameau Died at 81 (1683-1764)

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248 131
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Bedřich Smetana Died at 60 (1824-1884)

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314 172
Arcangelo Corelli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
emmebi added Arcangelo Corelli Died at 60 (1653-1713)

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219 140
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Scriabin Died at 43 (1872-1915)

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307 186
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Erik Satie Died at 59 (1866-1925)

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249 151
Alexander Borodin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Alexander Borodin Died at 54 (1833-1887)