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The Best Modern Composers, Ranked 

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Updated December 16, 2019 7k votes 1.7k voters 33.6k views 67 items

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The best modern composers come from all around the world, from every walk of life. This is a list of these wonderful musicians, true icons of the Classical music world, ranked from best to worst by music lovers everywhere. From famous modern composers that have written some of the most iconic soundtracks to some of the greatest movies of all time, to lesser know classical musicians that have made a career in symphony orchestras all over the globe, this list should have something for everyone.

What names will you find on this best modern composers list? Danny Elfman has to be mentioned among the most talented composers of all time. First rising to popularity in the band Oingo Boingo, Elfman went on to compose such memorable pieces as the themes from The Simpsons, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Batman. John Williams is another great composer from modern times. If you prefer jazzier tunes, give a listen to the composer and multi-instrumentalist Keith Jarrett. Other good musicians that are featured on this top modern composers list include Ennio Morricone, Rachel Portman and Alexandre Desplat.

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John Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Howard Shore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Ramin Djawadi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Danny Elfman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Alan Silvestri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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James Horner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Arvo Pärt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Michael Giacchino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Known for his compositions in Sci-Fi (Star Trek, Star Wars, MCU, Planet of the Apes) and Animated films (Ratatouille, Cars, Up).

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Joe Hisaishi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Thomas Newman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Nobuo Uematsu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Thomas J. Bergersen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Alexandre Desplat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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James Newton Howard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Yann Tiersen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Bernard Herrmann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Martin O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Jeremy Soule is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Jeremy Soule is an American composer. He has been described as the "John Williams of video game music". Notable works include the original soundtracks for The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, as well as Guild Wars, the Harry Potter games, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

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Alan Menken is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Yanni is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
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Absolutly amazing composer

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