Classical The Best Symphonies Of All Time  

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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‚Äôs 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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Mozart's Symphony No.41
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Mozarts 40th (Great) Symphony
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Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony
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Brahms Symphony No. 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
Danm19610506 added Brahms Symphony No. 4
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Mahler's 2nd Symphony
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Beethoven's 6th (Pastoral) Symphony
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Shostakovich's 5th Symphony
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Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony
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Schubert's 9th Symphony
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Mahler's 5th Symphony
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N1 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonies Of All Time
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Symphony Fantastique
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Schubert's 8th Unfinished Symphony
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Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony
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261 104
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Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony
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265 113
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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 8th Symphony
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markuka85 added Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in a Major, Op. 90 (Italian)