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These are the greatest piano composers, ranked from best to worst by Classical music fans. When it comes to the best piano composers, their backgrounds and upbringing is as varied as their music. That's the special thing about music more than any other art form. Where you come from plays such an important role in the art you create, and that's what makes lists like this so interesting. Putting together great talents from all over the world, from all different eras. Some of the more famous piano composers on this list gained popularity during the Renaissance while other good piano composers wrote music during the Romantic period and beyond. A few of the people on here even wrote jazz and ragtime music that is still popular today.

So, Who is on this list? Perhaps the most iconic piano composer is Ludwig van Beethoven. His ninth symphony contains some of the most recognizable melodies and has been featured in such films as “A Clockwork Orange” and “Immortal Beloved.” Johann Sebastian Bach is another one of the most famous piano composers of all time.

More recently, Duke Ellington treated music fans to such hits as “Satin Doll” and “Don't Get Around Much Anymore.” Other musicians who are featured on this top piano composers list include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and Frederic Chopin.

Who are the best piano composers? Give your favorites a thumbs up to vote them up to the top of this list and share some of your favorite pieces of music in the comments section.
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425 68
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

2
240 56
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Ludwig van Beethoven Austrian Empire, Germany

3
175 55
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Franz Liszt Hungary

4
170 55
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austria, Holy Roman Empire

5
157 59
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Johann Sebastian Bach Holy Roman Empire

6
133 47
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Claude Debussy France

7
127 44
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

8
88 27
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Franz Schubert Austria

9
61 18
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Johannes Brahms Germany

10
51 17
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Robert Alexander Schumann Germany

11
59 25
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Russia

12
37 13
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Sergei Prokofiev Russia

13
33 12
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Edvard Grieg Norway

14
49 26
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Joseph Haydn Austria

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38 18
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

16
35 16
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Maurice Ravel France

17
36 18
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Alexander Scriabin Russia

18
38 20
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

19
45 29
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Erik Satie France

20
34 21
Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Scott Joplin United States of America

21
20 9
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Dmitri Shostakovich Russian Empire, Soviet Union

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28 17
Muzio Clementi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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14 7
Isaac Albéniz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Isaac Albeniz Spain

24
23 18
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Hassan Fakour added George Gershwin United States of America

25
23 20
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Igor Stravinsky France, United States of America, Russia

26
9 6
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Gabriel Faure France

27
16 15
John Field is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
John Field Republic of Ireland

28
12 11
Fazıl Say is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
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18 18
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Duke Ellington United States of America

30
14 14
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

31
9 9
Olivier Messiaen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

32
9 10
Johann Nepomuk Hummel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Johann Nepomuk Hummel Austria, Germany

33
4 5
Cécile Chaminade is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Cécile Chaminade France

34
12 14
Maria Agata Szymanowska is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Maria Agata Szymanowska Poland

35
4 7
Xaver Scharwenka is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

36
6 11
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Keith Jarrett United States of America

37
6 11
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Bill Evans United States of America

38
3 8
Alexander Dreyschock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

39
8 14
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Fats Waller United States of America

40
2 7
Billy Strayhorn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Billy Strayhorn United States of America

41
0 5
Gia Kancheli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
1516218320725 added Gia Kancheli Georgia, Soviet Union

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0 5
Tigran Hamasyan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
All Batiste added Tigran Hamasyan