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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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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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102 25
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Ludwig van Beethoven Austrian Empire, Germany

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77 32
Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Johann Sebastian Bach Holy Roman Empire

4
68 26
Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Franz Liszt Austrian Empire, Austria-Hungary, Kingdom of Hungary

5
58 20
Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Claude Debussy France

6
57 21
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Sergei Rachmaninoff United States of America, Russia

7
72 34
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austria, Holy Roman Empire

8
22 4
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Russia

9
24 7
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Johannes Brahms Germany

10
37 18
Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Franz Schubert Austria

11
23 7
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Robert Alexander Schumann Germany

12
16 5
Maurice Ravel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Maurice Ravel France

13
27 15
Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Joseph Haydn Austria

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13 3
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Edvard Grieg Norway

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18 9
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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24 15
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Erik Satie France

17
20 12
Domenico Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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15 8
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Hassan Fakour added George Gershwin United States of America

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18 11
Alexander Scriabin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Pedro Perez added Alexander Scriabin Russia

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18 12
Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Scott Joplin United States of America

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8 3
Sergei Prokofiev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Sergei Prokofiev Russia

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13 9
Muzio Clementi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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12 8
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Duke Ellington United States of America

24
6 2
Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Gabriel Faure France

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6 2
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Dmitri Shostakovich Russian Empire, Soviet Union

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4 0
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Keith Jarrett United States of America

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15 12
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Igor Stravinsky United States of America, Russia

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8 6
Maria Agata Szymanowska is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Maria Agata Szymanowska Poland

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5 3
Isaac Albéniz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Isaac Albeniz Spain

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3 1
Fazıl Say is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
sametbs added Fazıl Say Turkey - "With his extraordinary pianistic talents, Fazıl Say has been touching audiences and critics alike for more than twenty-five years, in a way that has become rare in the increasingly materialistic and elaborately organised ...

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10 9
John Field is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
John Field Ireland

32
9 8
Jean-Philippe Rameau is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

33
7 7
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Fats Waller United States of America

34
6 6
Olivier Messiaen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

35
5 5
Johann Nepomuk Hummel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
Johann Nepomuk Hummel Austria, Germany

36
3 3
Xaver Scharwenka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

37
3 3
Alexander Dreyschock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

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1 1
Cécile Chaminade is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Cécile Chaminade France

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1 1
Billy Strayhorn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Billy Strayhorn United States of America

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1 4
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked
gnicholls added Bill Evans United States of America