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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 16,000 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.
19404391 Dust Bowl Ballads (2,904th)
by Woody Guthrie
194110
19424383 Fantasia (5,234th)
by Leopold Stokowski And Philadelph...
19432109 Birth Of The Bebop: Bird On Tenor (7,969th)
by Charlie Parker
194413 Benny Goodman Sextet (32,868th)
by Benny Goodman Sextet
194520
194620
194710
194800
19491163 Capitol Jazz Classics Vol. 14: C... (5,930th)
by Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco
Total181,048

The best artists of the 1940s were Woody Guthrie, Leopold Stokowski And Philadelphia Orchestra, Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco, Son House, Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman Sextet, Ossy Renardy, The King Cole Trio, Almanac Singers and The Original Broadway Cast.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Dust Bowl BalladsUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1940Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1940:1Rank Score:391
Rank in 1940s1Overall Rank:2,905
Average Rating: 77/100 (63 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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2.

FantasiaUnited States Leopold Stokowski And Philadelphia Orchestra
Year of Release:1942Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1942:1Rank Score:190
Rank in 1940s2Overall Rank:5,233
Average Rating: 73/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

Capitol Jazz Classics Vol. 14: Crosscurrents
Compilation
United States Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco
Year of Release:1949Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1949:1Rank Score:163
Rank in 1940s3Overall Rank:5,929
Average Rating: 67/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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4.

The Complete Library Of Congress Sessions 1941-1942United States Son House
Year of Release:1942Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1942:2Rank Score:149
Rank in 1940s4Overall Rank:6,331
Average Rating: 66/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Birth Of The Bebop: Bird On TenorUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1943Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1943:1Rank Score:109
Rank in 1940s5Overall Rank:7,974
Average Rating: 67/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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6.

Bambi Original SoundtrackMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1942Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1942:3Rank Score:44
Rank in 1940s6Overall Rank:15,230
Average Rating: 59/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.

Benny Goodman SextetUnited States Benny Goodman Sextet
Year of Release:1944Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1944:1Rank Score:3
Rank in 1940s7Overall Rank:32,890
Average Rating: 71/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 1 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 3 0%
1943 1 0%
1944 1 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 1 0%
Artist Albums %


Woody Guthrie 1 14%
Leopold Stokowski And Philadelphia Orchestra 1 14%
Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco 1 14%
Son House 1 14%
Charlie Parker 1 14%
Various Artists 1 14%
Benny Goodman Sextet 1 14%
Country Albums %


United States 6 86%
Mixed Nationality 1 14%

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