Classical

This is The list of The top ten composers ever (Correct Opinion).

  1. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Undisputed.
  2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  3. Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  5. Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  6. Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
  7. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  8. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  9. George Frideric Handel (1685-1751)
  10. Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892-1988) - indescribable but incredible.

It is really, really, REALLY hard to set a "top ten". So, the list may occasionally change slightly (top four probably stay, and the First will NEVER change...). There are so many good ones that didn't make the list at the moment, and I haven't even listened all of the famous composers' works yet. In no particular order: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) (the Puppet Dance series is my favourite), Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868), Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) (should be in top ten, but there's no room!), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Niccolň Paganini (1782-1840), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), Richard Wagner (1813-1883), William Byrd (1543-1623), ...

A few composers are more like "one-hit wonders" to me. They won't probably make the top ten, but they deserve a mention. In no particular order: Alexander Borodin (1833-1887), Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921), Franz Lehár (1870-1948), Georges Bizet (1838-1875), Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770), Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Paul Dukas (1865-1935), Richard Strauss (1864-1949),, Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), ...

Miscellaneous

Scott Joplin (1867-1917), the master of ragtime. Undisputable champion of his era.

Pop

Best albums (in no particular order): Human League: Dare (overall the best album ever made - if I had to choose ONE album for a deserted island, this would be it.), Kate Bush: The Kick inside, Kraftwerk: The Man-Machine

And of course I have to mention: Björk. Wonderful and original.

Rock

Finnish: Eppu Normaali, Hassisen Kone, Sielun Veljet, ...

Live Performance

Queen. Farrokh Bulsara was definitely, absolutely the best live music performer that has ever existed. Period.

Jamiroquai: totally awesome live perfomance. Can't even remember any "hit songs". Who even cares?

Movie & TV Soundtracks

Clannad: Legend, Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings movies), John Williams (lots of tracks - such as Star Wars), Jan Hammer (Miami Vice), ...

Game music

On Commodore 64, the four Great Ones must be mentioned: Ben Daglish, Martin Galway, Rob Hubbard, and David Whittaker. Also: Neil Brennan (the Hobbit, Way of the Exploding Fist, Fist II, etc.), Chris Cox (Doriath, Tales of the Arabian Nights, etc.), Fred Gray (Shadowfire, Enigma Force, etc.), Mike Alsop (Wizardry), Paul Norman (Forbidden Forest, etc.), and Kenneth W. Arnold (Ultima series).

Jeremy Soule, who composed the soundtrack for Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (the best single-player RPG ever), among others.

Comedy

Sepi Kumpulainen and Matti Nykänen.