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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 19,000 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.
19405497 Dust Bowl Ballads (2,802nd)
by Woody Guthrie
194120
19424366 Fantasia (5,935th)
by Leopold Stokowski And Philadelph...
19432109 Birth Of The Bebop: Bird On Tenor (8,607th)
by Charlie Parker
194412 Benny Goodman Sextet (42,901st)
by Benny Goodman Sextet
1945273 Merry Christmas (12,359th)
by Bing Crosby
194620
194730
194810
19494407 Djangology (3,893rd)
by Django Reinhardt
Total261,454

The best artists of the 1940s were Woody Guthrie, Django Reinhardt, Leopold Stokowski And Philadelphia Orchestra, Son House, Charlie Parker, Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco, Bing Crosby, Arnold Schoenberg / Erika Stiedry-Wagner / Stefan Auber / Kalman Bloch / Leonard Posella / Eduard Steuermann / Rudolf Kolisch, Benny Goodman Sextet and Merle Travis.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Dust Bowl BalladsUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1940Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1940:1Rank Score:454
Rank in 1940s1Overall Rank:2,802
Average Rating:  78/100 (73 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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2.

DjangologyBelgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1949Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1949:1Rank Score:300
Rank in 1940s2Overall Rank:3,893
Average Rating:  78/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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3.

FantasiaUnited States Leopold Stokowski And Philadelphia Orchestra
Year of Release:1942Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1942:1Rank Score:176
Rank in 1940s3Overall Rank:5,935
Average Rating:  74/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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4.

The Complete Library Of Congress Sessions 1941-1942United States Son House
Year of Release:1942Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1942:2Rank Score:146
Rank in 1940s4Overall Rank:6,869
Average Rating:  68/100 (12 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:8,606
Average Rating:  70/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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6.

Capitol Jazz Classics Vol. 14: Crosscurrents
Compilation
United States Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco
Year of Release:1949Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1949:2Rank Score:107
Rank in 1940s6Overall Rank:8,741
Average Rating:  69/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

Merry ChristmasUnited States Bing Crosby
Year of Release:1945Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1945:1Rank Score:73
Rank in 1940s7Overall Rank:12,357
Average Rating:  74/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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8.

Bambi Original SoundtrackMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1942Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1942:3Rank Score:44
Rank in 1940s8Overall Rank:16,258
Average Rating:  62/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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9.

Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot LunaireMixed Nationality Arnold Schoenberg / Erika Stiedry-Wagner / Stefan Auber / Kalman Bloch / Leonard Posella / Eduard Steuermann / Rudolf Kolisch
Year of Release:1940Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1940:2Rank Score:43
Rank in 1940s9Overall Rank:16,421
Average Rating:  75/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Benny Goodman SextetUnited States Benny Goodman Sextet
Year of Release:1944Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1944:1Rank Score:2
Rank in 1940s10Overall Rank:42,903
Average Rating:  72/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 2 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 3 0%
1943 1 0%
1944 1 0%
1945 1 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 2 0%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 1 10%
Arnold Schoenberg / Erika Stiedry-Wagner / Stefan Auber / Kalman Bloch / Leonard Posella / Eduard Steuermann / Rudolf Kolisch 1 10%
Benny Goodman Sextet 1 10%
Woody Guthrie 1 10%
Django Reinhardt 1 10%
Leopold Stokowski And Philadelphia Orchestra 1 10%
Son House 1 10%
Show all
Country Albums %


United States 7 70%
Mixed Nationality 2 20%
Belgium 1 10%

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