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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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Beethoven's 3rd (Eroica) Symphony

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Dvorak's 9th (New World) Symphony

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Beethoven's 7th Symphony

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Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony

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Mozart's Symphony No.41

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Mozarts 40th (Great) Symphony

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Mahler's 2nd Symphony

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Shostakovich's 5th Symphony

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Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony

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Beethoven's 6th (Pastoral) Symphony

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Mahler's 5th Symphony

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Symphony Fantastique

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Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony

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Schubert's 9th Symphony

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N1 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
pmx01 added

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Schubert's 8th Unfinished Symphony

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Brahms Symphony No. 4 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Danm19610506 added Brahms Symphony No. 4

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Sibelius' 2nd Symphony

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Mahler's 9th Symphony

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Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony

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

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Bruckner's 8th Symphony

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

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Bruckner's 7th Symphony

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Shostakovich's 7th Symphony (Leningrad)

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Bruckner's 9th Symphony

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

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Dvorak's 8th Symphony

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Beethoven's 8th Symphony

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Saint-saëns: Symphony No.... is listed (or ranked) 33 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 4th (The Romantic) Symphony

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Mahler Symphony No. 6 in a Min... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Jack Whitten added Mahler Symphony No. 6 in a Minor, 'tragic'

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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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Mahler's 8th Symphony

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Mozart Symphony No 38 (Prague) is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Mozart Symphony No 38 (Prague)

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Symphony No. 3 Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Pawel Kowalewski added Symphony No. 3 Jean Sibelius

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Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36

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Dvořák 7 D minor op. 7 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
TURONGsCZ added Dvořák 7 D minor op. 7

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markuka85 added Copland Symphony No. 3 (Great American)

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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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Borodin's 2nd Symphony

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markuka85 added Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 3 (pastoral)

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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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Lutoslawski Concerto for Orche... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Jack Whitten added Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra