Composers The Best Modern Composers, Ranked  

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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
Jurassic Park, Superman: The Movie, Jaws
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414 178
Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Gladiator: More Music From the Motion Picture, The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
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184 111
Howard Shore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Aviator
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166 109
Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Once Upon a Time in America, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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131 84
Ramin Djawadi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Iron Man, Red Dawn, Prison Break
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97 61
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
PaulinaKucza added Nightbook, Waves: The Piano Collection, Diario Mali
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119 80
Danny Elfman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Edward Scissorhands
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110 79
Alan Silvestri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Back to the Future: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack, Forrest Gump: Original Motion Picture Score, Back to the Future
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53 29
Joe Hisaishi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Nick Forkin added Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro Soundtrack Collection, Princess Mononoke
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108 81
James Horner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Deep Impact, Braveheart, Aliens
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90 66
Michael Giacchino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
JaredJohns added Cars 2, Up, Star Trek

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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57 39
Arvo Pärt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
JerryMuzsik added Cello Concerto / Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (Bamberg Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor Neeme Jarvi), Fratres (Hungarian State Opera Orchestra feat. conductor Tamás Benedek), Alina
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62 49
Thomas J. Bergersen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
ElijahBrents added Halloween, A Place In Heaven (, <3
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62 50
Alexandre Desplat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Lust, Caution, The Queen
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61 52
Thomas Newman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
American Beauty, WALL·E, The Shawshank Redemption
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53 46
James Newton Howard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Dark Knight, Restoration
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48 42
Nobuo Uematsu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
rodrigosebas3 added Final Fantasy III: Original Sound Version, Final Fantasy VIII: Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec, Music of Final Fantasy I and II

Important mentions: Opera Maria & Draco, Dancing Mad, Liberi Fatali, One Winged Angel

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43 37
Yann Tiersen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
ElijahBrents added Amélie, Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright, Rue des cascades

Look up porz goret

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22 17
Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
brosephone added The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Highlights from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard (1994 Los Angeles cast)
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45 44
Martin O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
JaredJohns added Halo 3, Halo 2 Original Soundtrack, Halo
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44 47
Bernard Herrmann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Psycho: Complete Original Motion Picture Score, Vertigo, The Planets
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49 56
Yanni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
ElijahBrents added Dare to Dream, Out of Silence, Optimystique

Absolutly amazing composer

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12 11
Alan Menken is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
brosephone added The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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20 21
Jeremy Soule is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
tactundra added Guild Wars 2: Original Game Soundtrack, Secret of Evermore, Icewind Dale

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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Bear McCreary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Luke Albright added Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, Battlestar Galactica: Season 2, Battlestar Galactica: Season 3