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The Best Modern Composers, Ranked 

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Updated December 16, 2019 6.7k votes 1.6k voters 32.5k 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
Genre: Romance, Classical music & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Hans Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Genre: Electronic music, Film score & Video game music; Nationality: United States of America
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Howard Shore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Genre: Film score; Nationality: Canada
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Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Genre: Lounge music, Classical music & Easy listening; Nationality: Kingdom of Italy
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Ramin Djawadi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Genre: Film score; Nationality: Germany
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Danny Elfman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Genre: Soundtrack, New Wave & Alternative rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Alan Silvestri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Genre: Film score; Nationality: United States of America
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Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
PaulinaKucza added Genre: New Age music, Classical music & Minimal music; Nationality: Italy
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James Horner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Genre: Film score; Nationality: United States of America
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Arvo Pärt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
JerryMuzsik added Genre: Contemporary classical music and Minimal music; Nationality: Austria
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Michael Giacchino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
JaredJohns added Genre: Film score; Nationality: Italy

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
Nick Forkin added Genre: New Age music, Progressive rock & Film score; Nationality: Japan
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Thomas Newman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Genre: Film soundtrack and Film score; Nationality: United States of America
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Thomas J. Bergersen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
ElijahBrents added
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James Newton Howard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Genre: Film score; Nationality: United States of America
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Alexandre Desplat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Genre: Film score; Nationality: France
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Nobuo Uematsu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
rodrigosebas3 added Genre: New Age music, Rock music & Electronic music; Nationality: Japan

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

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Yann Tiersen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
ElijahBrents added Genre: Bal-musette, Minimal music & Post-rock; Nationality: France

Look up porz goret

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Bernard Herrmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
Genre: Opera and Film score; Nationality: United States of America
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
brosephone added Genre: Musical theatre; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
BluebirdProductions added Genre: Opera, Classical music & Contemporary classical music; Nationality: United States of America
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Martin O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
JaredJohns added Genre: Classical music and Video game music; Nationality: United States of America
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Yanni is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
ElijahBrents added Genre: New Age music, Contemporary classical music & Instrumental; Nationality: Greece

Absolutly amazing composer

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Jeremy Soule is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
tactundra added Genre: New Age music, Classical music & Ambient music; Nationality: United States of America

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) 25 on the list The Best Modern Composers, Ranked
brosephone added Genre: Pop music, Musical theatre & Operatic pop; Nationality: United States of America