Classical The Best Symphonies Of All Time  

Ranker Music
Originally by
11.8k votes 1.8k voters 28.6k views 60 items

List Rules Vote up the top music symphonies from any musical era.

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.
list ordered by

1
582 185
Ranker Video
Beethoven's 9th (Choral) Symphony

2
444 176
Ranker Video
Beethoven's 5th (Fate) Symphony

3
467 189
Ranker Video
Dvorak's 9th (New World) Symphony

4
385 154
Ranker Video
Beethoven's 3rd (Eroica) Symphony

5
342 125
Ranker Video
Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony

6
354 131
Ranker Video
Beethoven's 7th Symphony

7
276 122
Ranker Video
Mozart's Symphony No.41

8
296 137
Ranker Video
Mozarts 40th (Great) Symphony

9
286 111
Ranker Video
Mahler's 2nd Symphony

10
276 109
Ranker Video
Beethoven's 6th (Pastoral) Symphony

11
216 89
Ranker Video
Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony

12
227 87
Ranker Video
Shostakovich's 5th Symphony

13
239 98
Ranker Video
Mahler's 5th Symphony

14
160 69
Ranker Video
Schubert's 9th Symphony

The Best Beethoven Symphonies

15
177 70
N1 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
pmx01 added Symphony 1, brahms

16
193 75
Ranker Video
Schubert's 8th Unfinished Symphony

17
182 83
Ranker Video
Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony

18
192 84
Ranker Video
Mahler's 9th Symphony

19
196 102
Ranker Video
Symphony Fantastique

20
121 40
Ranker Video
markuka85 added Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90

21
170 75
Ranker Video
Sibelius' 2nd Symphony

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

22
165 72
Ranker Video
Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony

23
137 70
Ranker Video
Bruckner's 8th Symphony

24
110 45
Ranker Video
markuka85 added Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in a Major, Op. 90 (Italian)

25
53 8
Brahms Symphony No. 4 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Danm19610506 added Brahms Symphony No. 4

26
103 70
Ranker Video
Shostakovich's 7th Symphony (Leningrad)

27
112 76
Ranker Video
Bruckner's 7th Symphony

28
101 59
Ranker Video
Bruckner's 9th Symphony

The Best Classical Pianists in the World

29
110 59
Ranker Video

30
107 57
Ranker Video
Dvorak's 8th Symphony

31
79 37
Ranker Video
markuka85 added Brahms Symphony No 2 in D Major, Op 73

32
106 66
Ranker Video
Beethoven's 8th Symphony

33
111 59
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

34
71 42
Ranker Video
markuka85 added Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60

35
90 61
Ranker Video
Bruckner's 4th (The Romantic) Symphony

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

36
40 21
Mozart Symphony No 38 (Prague) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Mozart Symphony No 38 (Prague)

37
47 28
Ranker Video
BaruchLalaev added Symphony No. 25 in G Minor

38
31 15
Mahler Symphony No. 6 in a Min... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Jack Whitten added Mahler Symphony No. 6 in a Minor, 'tragic'

39
61 57
Ranker Video
Mahler's 8th Symphony

40
49 40
Ranker Video
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36

41
30 24
Symphony No. 3 Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Pawel Kowalewski added Symphony No. 3 Jean Sibelius

42
20 17
Shostakovich #15 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
RohanSrinivasan added Shostakovich #15

The Most Famous Classical Guitarists

43
13 9
Dvořák 7 D minor op. 7 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
TURONGsCZ added Dvořák 7 D minor op. 7

44
30 34
Ranker Video
markuka85 added Copland Symphony No. 3 (Great American)

45
43 44
Ranker Video
Borodin's 2nd Symphony

46
32 32
Ranker Video
markuka85 added Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 3 (pastoral)

47
35 37
Ranker Video

48
10 9
Dvořák 7 op. 70 D minor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
TURONGsCZ added Dvořák 7 op. 70 D minor

49
12 12
Ranker Video
Jack Whitten added Symphony no. 11 in G minor, op. 103 "The Year 1905": II. The 9th of January. Allegro

50
36 42
Ranker Video