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A list of absolute best symphonies of all time, ranked as the best by music lovers and the Ranker community. Featuring some of the best pieces of classical music ever written, this list hass the best symphonies of all time, with video of great performances of each symphony. What are the absolute best symphonies of all time?

This list features the best symphonies from history’s greatest classical composers, such as Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Mozart, and Sibelius. Musicians such as great violinists and the best classical pianists have performed these symphonies, including Beethoven's 9th (Choral) Symphony, Dvorak's 9th (New World) Symphony, Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, Mozarts 40th (Great) Symphony, and Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony.

Vote up the best symphonies in music history below, or add any famous or popular symphony you think is great if it isn't already on the list.
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Beethoven's 9th (Choral) Symphony

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247 85
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Beethoven's 3rd (Eroica) Symphony

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271 104
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Beethoven's 5th (Fate) Symphony

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261 101
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Dvorak's 9th (New World) Symphony

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223 79
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Beethoven's 7th Symphony

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207 77
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Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony

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170 69
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Mozarts 40th (Great) Symphony

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182 71
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Beethoven's 6th (Pastoral) Symphony

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168 65
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Mahler's 2nd Symphony

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160 66
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Mozart's Symphony No.41

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130 47
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Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony

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136 54
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Shostakovich's 5th Symphony

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103 36
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Schubert's 9th Symphony

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144 65
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Mahler's 5th Symphony

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110 43
N1 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
pmx01 added Symphony 1, brahms

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Schubert's 8th Unfinished Symphony

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122 63
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Symphony Fantastique

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103 43
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Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony

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122 57
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Mahler's 9th Symphony

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68 19
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markuka85 added Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90

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108 49
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Sibelius' 2nd Symphony

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98 52
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Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony

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83 41
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Bruckner's 8th Symphony

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64 21
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markuka85 added Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in a Major, Op. 90 (Italian)

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Bruckner's 9th Symphony

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Saint-saëns: Symphony No.... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
JimCrowther added Saint-saëns: Symphony No. 3, Karneval Der Tiere, Eugene Ormandy, the Philadelphia Orchestra

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Bruckner's 7th Symphony

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63 36
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Dvorak's 8th Symphony

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62 36
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59 41
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Shostakovich's 7th Symphony (Leningrad)

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64 40
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Beethoven's 8th Symphony

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markuka85 added Brahms Symphony No 2 in D Major, Op 73

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Bruckner's 4th (The Romantic) Symphony

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Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36

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markuka85 added Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60

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BaruchLalaev added Symphony No. 25 in G Minor

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Mozart Symphony No 38 (Prague) is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Mozart Symphony No 38 (Prague)

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Mahler's 8th Symphony

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Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Guest_9cdf995e-7c3e-46e0-a4f0-415454de1fd5 added Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

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Mahler's 4th Symphony

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Mahler Symphony No. 6 in a Min... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Jack Whitten added Mahler Symphony No. 6 in a Minor, 'tragic'

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Borodin's 2nd Symphony

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Lutoslawski Concerto for Orche... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Jack Whitten added Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra

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Shostakovich #15 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
RohanSrinivasan added Shostakovich #15

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Myaskovsky #6 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
RohanSrinivasan added Myaskovsky #6

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Schnittke #1 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
RohanSrinivasan added Schnittke #1

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Symphony No. 3 Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Pawel Kowalewski added Symphony No. 3 Jean Sibelius