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

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88 29
Krzysztof Penderecki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Krzysztof Penderecki Poland

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2
106 91
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
John Cage United States of America

3
76 69
Ludovico Einaudi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

4
74 72
Yiruma is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Yiruma South Korea

5
91 98
Philip Glass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Philip Glass United States of America

6
49 48
Karlheinz Stockhausen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Karlheinz Stockhausen Germany

7
27 23
Milton Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Milton Babbitt United States of America

8
96 121
Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
yahyahassan added Frédéric Chopin Poland

9
45 52
Steve Reich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Steve Reich United States of America

10
42 58
Carl Orff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Carl Orff Germany

11
28 38
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added John Williams United States of America

12
57 86
Johann Strauss II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Johann Strauss II Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Austria-Hungary

13
8 9
Meredith Monk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Meredith Monk United States of America

14
14 19
Vincent Persichetti is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Vincent Persichetti United States of America

15
13 18
Marty Haugen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Marty Haugen United States of America

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29 45
Johann Pachelbel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Pedro Perez added Johann Pachelbel Germany

17
18 27
Morton Feldman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Morton Feldman United States of America

18
13 19
Ralph Shapey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Ralph Shapey United States of America

19
13 20
David Lane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added David Lane

20
7 10
Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Laurie Anderson United States of America

21
8 13
Edgard Varèse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Edgard Varèse France, United States of America

22
9 15
Léon Minkus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Léon Minkus Austria

23
10 21
Charles Ives is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Charles Ives United States of America

24
6 14
Iannis Xenakis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Iannis Xenakis

25
6 14
Vincent d'Indy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Vincent D'indy France

26
32 63
Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Seung Kim added Aaron Copland United States of America

27
3 11
Josef Hauer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Josef Hauer

28
34 71
Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Erik Satie France

29
4 14
Sir Malcolm Williamson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Sir Malcolm Williamson Australia

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14 35
Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky Russia

31
11 30
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Edvard Grieg Norway

32
50 107
George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
George Gershwin United States of America

33
2 10
Libby Larson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Libby Larson

34
7 24
César Franck is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added César Franck France, Belgium

35
11 37
Zoltán Kodály is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Zoltán Kodály Hungary, Austria-Hungary

36
29 78
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Davide Trucchi added Hector Berlioz France

37
1 9
Nikolai Roslavets is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Nikolai Roslavets

38
1 9
Tikhon Khrennikov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Tikhon Khrennikov Russia

39
30 88
Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
yahyahassan added Sergei Rachmaninoff United States of America, Russia

40
38 108
Johannes Brahms is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Brennon McFarlane added Johannes Brahms Germany

41
10 39
Christoph Willibald Gluck is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
gnicholls added Christoph Willibald Gluck Germany

42
31 97
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
Davide Trucchi added Igor Stravinsky United States of America, Russia

43
17 63
Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
wwart1020 added Gioacchino Rossini Italy

44
17 64
Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Composers
yahyahassan added Georges Bizet France

45
44 139
Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

46
57 181
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Composers

47
23 89
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Composers