Classical The Most Overrated Composers  

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Some composers are undeservedly worshipped. They aren't necessarily bad, just overrated. Strauss Jr., for example, was a nice composer, but only around Joplin level and doesn't even compare to greats like Beethoven and Chopin. Tchaikovsky was also an awesome composer, probably one of the top 20 composers of all time, but for some reason, he's worshipped at the same level as Mozart and Beethoven. (Of course, some are just downright bad: the likes of Yiruma and Einaudi are destroying music.) Here's a list of overrated composers.

Note: If you intend to put up Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Schubert or JS Bach, I don't think Ranker will be responsible for damages. ;)
list ordered by

1
138 115
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
John Cage United States of America

2
99 78
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

3
98 81
Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Yiruma South Korea

4
110 121
Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Philip Glass United States of America

5
62 62
Karlheinz Stockhausen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Karlheinz Stockhausen Germany

6
34 34
Milton Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Milton Babbitt United States of America

7
53 67
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Steve Reich United States of America

8
57 75
Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Carl Orff Germany

9
73 107
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Johann Strauss II Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Austria-Hungary

10
44 62
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added John Williams United States of America

11
13 15
Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Laurie Anderson United States of America

12
16 22
Ralph Shapey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Ralph Shapey United States of America

13
12 16
Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Meredith Monk United States of America

14
13 19
Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Edgard Varèse France, United States of America

The Greatest Romantic Era Composers

15
21 33
Morton Feldman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Morton Feldman United States of America

16
17 27
Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Charles Ives United States of America

17
39 65
Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Pedro Perez added Johann Pachelbel Germany

18
1 1
Henri Pousseur is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Henri Pousseur Belgium

19
15 25
Vincent Persichetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Vincent Persichetti United States of America

20
15 25
David Lane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added David Lane

21
12 20
Léon Minkus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Léon Minkus Austria

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22
112 189
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
yahyahassan added Frédéric Chopin Poland

23
9 19
Iannis Xenakis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Iannis Xenakis

24
2 4
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
1523891586810 added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austria, Holy Roman Empire

25
5 13
Libby Larson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Libby Larson

26
5 11
Robert Alexander Schumann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Јастреб Свобода added Robert Alexander Schumann Germany - If Chopin and Strauss II are overrated, then Robert Schumann is also overrated...

27
5 14
Josef Hauer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Josef Hauer

28
4 13
Tikhon Khrennikov is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Tikhon Khrennikov Russia

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29
4 13
Nikolai Roslavets is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Nikolai Roslavets

30
45 90
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Davide Trucchi added Hector Berlioz France

31
7 19
Vincent d'Indy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Vincent D'indy France

32
38 77
Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Seung Kim added Aaron Copland United States of America

33
23 47
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Evan Robinson added Ludwig van Beethoven Austrian Empire, Germany - He sucks massive balls all day

34
19 43
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky Russia

35
57 125
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
George Gershwin United States of America

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36
38 90
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Erik Satie France

37
14 43
Zoltán Kodály is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Zoltán Kodály Hungary, Austria-Hungary

38
56 139
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Brennon McFarlane added Johannes Brahms Germany

39
23 73
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
yahyahassan added Georges Bizet France

40
15 54
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Edvard Grieg Norway

41
12 47
Christoph Willibald Gluck is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Christoph Willibald Gluck Germany

42
38 117
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
yahyahassan added Sergei Rachmaninoff Russia

43
21 76
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
wwart1020 added Gioacchino Rossini Italy

44
31 103
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

45
54 165
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

46
72 216
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

47
35 121
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Davide Trucchi added Igor Stravinsky France, United States of America, Russia