John Cage

1912 - 1992

Photo of John Cage

Icon of person John Cage

John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, artist, and philosopher. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Cage has received more than 2,452,362 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). John Cage is the 67th most popular composer (up from 74th in 2019), the 170th most popular biography from United States (up from 190th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Composer.

John Cage is most famous for his "4'33"", a piece of music that consists of three movements. The first movement is four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence, the second movement is four minutes and thirty-three seconds of sound, and the third movement is four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.5M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 79.02

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 58

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.55

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.11

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of John Cages by language


Among composers, John Cage ranks 67 out of 1,228Before him are Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Johann Pachelbel, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, John Williams, George Gershwin, and Johann Christian Bach. After him are Dieterich Buxtehude, Astor Piazzolla, Alessandro Scarlatti, Anton Webern, Charles Gounod, and Alexander Scriabin.

Most Popular Composers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1912, John Cage ranks 10Before him are Eva Braun, Jackson Pollock, Milton Friedman, Erich Honecker, Wernher von Braun, and Michelangelo Antonioni. After him are Otto von Habsburg, Heinrich Harrer, Clara Petacci, Raoul Wallenberg, Jorge Amado, and Khalid of Saudi Arabia. Among people deceased in 1992, John Cage ranks 8Before him are Isaac Asimov, Alexander Dubček, Friedrich Hayek, Grace Hopper, Willy Brandt, and Menachem Begin. After him are Astor Piazzolla, Francis Bacon, Mikhail Tal, Olivier Messiaen, Anthony Perkins, and Giovanni Falcone.

Others Born in 1912

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1992

Go to all Rankings

In United States

Among people born in United States, John Cage ranks 170 out of 15,968Before him are Buzz Aldrin (1930), Samuel Colt (1814), Coen brothers (null), Pearl S. Buck (1892), Dr. Seuss (1904), and Thomas Kuhn (1922). After him are Bernie Sanders (1941), Tom Selleck (1945), Peter Falk (1927), Robert Wadlow (1918), John B. Watson (1878), and Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, John Cage ranks 3Before him are John Williams (1932) and George Gershwin (1898). After him are Leonard Bernstein (1918), Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), Scott Joplin (1868), Samuel Barber (1910), Steve Reich (1936), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), Cole Porter (1891), and James Horner (1953).