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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
4,150 1,309
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 65 (1685-1750)

2
4,130 1,307
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

3
3,795 1,088
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

4
2,351 1,079
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 53 (1840-1893)

5
2,283 946
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

6
1,738 913
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)

7
1,557 652
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1833-1897)

8
1,445 699
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)

9
1,327 669
George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)

10
1,275 609
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 77 (1732-1809)

11
1,232 524
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)

12
1,386 595
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)

13
1,287 754
Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 70 (1813-1883)

14
1,190 513
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)

15
1,179 427
Antonín Dvořák is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 63 (1841-1904)

16
869 444
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 88 (1813-1901)

17
1,015 383
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)

18
1,004 410
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 51 (1860-1911)

19
799 363
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 38 (1809-1847)

20
794 353
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1891-1953)

21
831 401
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)

22
665 346
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 46 (1810-1856)

23
744 356
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1843-1907)

24
664 326
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)

25
616 286
Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)

26
607 250
Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 86 (1835-1921)

27
677 318
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 92 (1865-1957)

28
525 258
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 76 (1792-1868)

29
513 261
Giacomo Puccini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1858-1924)

30
440 248
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 37 (1838-1875)

31
481 242
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1844-1908)

32
417 235
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 42 (1839-1881)

33
514 312
Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)

34
500 350
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 39 (1898-1937)

35
485 383
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 74 (1825-1899)

36
438 243
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1685-1757)

37
353 217
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 66 (1803-1869)

38
437 244
Niccolò Paganini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 58 (1782-1840)

39
472 289
Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 36 (1659-1695)

40
385 224
Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 77 (1857-1934)

41
445 269
Georg Philipp Telemann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classical Composers
BostonBruins added Dec. at 86 (1681-1767)

42
376 168
Claudio Monteverdi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Adalbert Rubens added Dec. at 76 (1567-1643)

43
330 203
Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 72 (1824-1896)

44
367 228
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
350 200
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 59 (1866-1925)

47
319 138
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 79 (1845-1924)

48
265 143
Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classical Composers
Dec. at 60 (1824-1884)

49
238 152
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)