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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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Beethoven's 5th (Fate) Symphony

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Dvorak's 9th (New World) Symphony

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Beethoven's 3rd (Eroica) Symphony

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Beethoven's 7th Symphony

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Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony

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Beethoven's 6th (Pastoral) Symphony

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Mozarts 40th (Great) Symphony

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Mahler's 2nd Symphony

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Mozart's Symphony No.41

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Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony

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Schubert's 9th Symphony

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Shostakovich's 5th Symphony

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Mahler's 5th Symphony

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Schubert's 8th Unfinished Symphony

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Symphony Fantastique

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Mahler's 9th Symphony

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Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony

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Sibelius' 2nd Symphony

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Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90

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Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony

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Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in a Major, Op. 90 (Italian)

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Bruckner's 8th Symphony

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Saint-saëns: Symphony No.... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
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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Bruckner's 9th Symphony

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Dvorak's 8th Symphony

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Brahms Symphony No 2 in D Major, Op 73

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Beethoven's 8th Symphony

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Shostakovich's 7th Symphony (Leningrad)

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

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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
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

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Mahler's 4th Symphony

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Shostakovich #15 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Shostakovich #15

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Schnittke #1 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Schnittke #1

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Myaskovsky #6 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Myaskovsky #6

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Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21

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Borodin's 2nd Symphony

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Symphony No. 3 Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Symphony No. 3 Jean Sibelius

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Bruckner's 3rd Symphony is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Bruckner's 3rd Symphony