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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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Dvorak's 9th (New World) Symphony

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308 117
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Beethoven's 5th (Fate) Symphony

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Beethoven's 3rd (Eroica) Symphony

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192 79
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Mozarts 40th (Great) Symphony

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Mozart's Symphony No.41

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Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony

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Beethoven's 7th Symphony

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Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony

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192 69
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Mahler's 2nd Symphony

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202 78
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Beethoven's 6th (Pastoral) Symphony

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156 55
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Shostakovich's 5th Symphony

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Schubert's 9th Symphony

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N1 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
pmx01 added Symphony 1, brahms

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Mahler's 5th Symphony

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Symphony Fantastique

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Schubert's 8th Unfinished Symphony

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Bruckner's 8th Symphony

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115 45
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Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony

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110 55
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Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony

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126 53
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Sibelius' 2nd Symphony

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Mahler's 9th Symphony

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

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Bruckner's 7th Symphony

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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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Shostakovich's 7th Symphony (Leningrad)

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Dvorak's 8th Symphony

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Saint-saëns: Symphony No.... is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Beethoven's 8th Symphony

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Bruckner's 4th (The Romantic) Symphony

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

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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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Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Guest_9cdf995e-7c3e-46e0-a4f0-415454de1fd5 added Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

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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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BaruchLalaev added Symphony No. 25 in G Minor

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Mahler's 8th Symphony

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Mahler's 4th Symphony

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Bruckner's 3rd Symphony is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Bruckner's 3rd Symphony

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Borodin's 2nd Symphony

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Jack Whitten added Symphony no. 11 in G minor, op. 103 "The Year 1905": II. The 9th of January. Allegro

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Shostakovich #15 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
RohanSrinivasan added Shostakovich #15

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Mahler Symphony No. 6 in a Min... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Jack Whitten added Mahler Symphony No. 6 in a Minor, 'tragic'

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Lutoslawski Concerto for Orche... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Jack Whitten added Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra

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Myaskovsky #6 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
RohanSrinivasan added Myaskovsky #6