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Best Albums of the 1940s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1940s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 24,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
19407544 Dust Bowl Ballads (2,748th)
by Woody Guthrie
1941512 8 To The Bar (Two Piano Boogie W... (29,184th)
by Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons
19425219 Fantasia (6,662nd)
by Leopold Stokowski And Philadelph...
19432276 Birth Of The Bebop: Bird On Tenor (4,669th)
by Charlie Parker
194410
19453143 Merry Christmas (7,730th)
by Bing Crosby
194650
1947330 New Orleans Memories (21,740th)
by Jelly Roll Morton
194820
19496419 Djangology (4,486th)
by Django Reinhardt
Total391,643

The best artists of the 1940s were Woody Guthrie, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker, Leopold Stokowski And Philadelphia Orchestra, Bing Crosby, Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco, Jelly Roll Morton, Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons, Bessie Smith and Merle Travis.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Dust Bowl BalladsUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1940Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1940:1Rank Score:540
Rank in 1940s1Overall Rank:2,748
Average Rating:  80/100 (83 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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2.

DjangologyBelgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1949Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1949:1Rank Score:290
Rank in 1940s2Overall Rank:4,486
Average Rating:  80/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

Birth Of The Bebop: Bird On TenorUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1943Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1943:1Rank Score:276
Rank in 1940s3Overall Rank:4,669
Average Rating:  73/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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4.

FantasiaUnited States Leopold Stokowski And Philadelphia Orchestra
Year of Release:1942Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1942:1Rank Score:175
Rank in 1940s4Overall Rank:6,662
Average Rating:  75/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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5.

Merry ChristmasUnited States Bing Crosby
Year of Release:1945Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1945:1Rank Score:143
Rank in 1940s5Overall Rank:7,730
Average Rating:  76/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

Capitol Jazz Classics Vol. 14: Crosscurrents
Compilation
United States Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco
Year of Release:1949Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1949:2Rank Score:129
Rank in 1940s6Overall Rank:8,379
Average Rating:  71/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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7.

Bambi Original SoundtrackMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1942Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1942:2Rank Score:44
Rank in 1940s7Overall Rank:18,305
Average Rating:  64/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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8.

New Orleans MemoriesUnited States Jelly Roll Morton
Year of Release:1947Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1947:1Rank Score:27
Rank in 1940s8Overall Rank:21,741
Average Rating: Not enough data
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

8 To The Bar (Two Piano Boogie Woogie For Dancing)United States Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons
Year of Release:1941Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1941:1Rank Score:12
Rank in 1940s9Overall Rank:29,184
Average Rating:  74/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Empress Of The BluesUnited States Bessie Smith
Year of Release:1940Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1940:2Rank Score:4
Rank in 1940s10Overall Rank:40,304
Average Rating:  74/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 2 0%
1941 1 0%
1942 2 0%
1943 1 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 1 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 2 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 2 0%
Artist Albums %


Woody Guthrie 1 9%
Django Reinhardt 1 9%
Charlie Parker 1 9%
Leopold Stokowski And Philadelphia Orchestra 1 9%
Bing Crosby 1 9%
Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco 1 9%
Various Artists 1 9%
Show all
Country Albums %


United States 9 82%
Mixed Nationality 1 9%
Belgium 1 9%

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