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Top-rated albums of the 1940s

Listed below are the top-rated albums of the 1940s as rated by BestEverAlbums.com members!
(To qualify for this chart, an album must have had at least 10 member ratings.)

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1.

Dust Bowl BalladsUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1940Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1940:1Rank Score:656
Rank in 1940s1Overall Rank:2,879
Average Rating:  79/100 (108 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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2.

FantasiaUnited States Leopold Stokowski / Philadelphia Orchestra
Year of Release:1942Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1942:1Rank Score:315
Rank in 1940s2Overall Rank:5,159
Average Rating:  77/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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3.

Merry ChristmasUnited States Bing Crosby
Year of Release:1945Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1945:1Rank Score:145
Rank in 1940s6Overall Rank:9,313
Average Rating:  74/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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4.

Birth Of The Bebop: Bird On TenorUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1943Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1943:1Rank Score:218
Rank in 1940s3Overall Rank:6,887
Average Rating:  74/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Folk Songs Of The HillsUnited States Merle Travis
Year of Release:1947Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1947:2Rank Score:29
Rank in 1940s17Overall Rank:26,376
Average Rating:  74/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Souvenir AlbumUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1947Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1947:1Rank Score:152
Rank in 1940s5Overall Rank:9,009
Average Rating:  74/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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7.

Empress Of The BluesUnited States Bessie Smith
Year of Release:1940Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1940:2Rank Score:3
Rank in 1940s24Overall Rank:63,504
Average Rating:  73/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8.

Chansons Des Cafés De ParisFrance Edith Piaf
Year of Release:1948Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1948:1Rank Score:213
Rank in 1940s4Overall Rank:7,006
Average Rating:  73/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 2 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:5 charts
Rank in 1941:3Rank Score:11
Rank in 1940s21Overall Rank:39,349
Average Rating:  72/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

The Voice Of Frank SinatraUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1946Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1946:None
Rank in 1940sNone
Average Rating:  71/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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The average rating is a Bayesian average, calculated as follows:
Average Rating = (n ÷ (n + m)) × av + (m ÷ (n + m)) × AV

where:
av = mean average rating an album has currently received.
n = number of ratings an album has currently received.
m = minimum number of ratings required for an album to appear in the 'top-rated' chart (currently 10).
AV = the site mean average rating for an album (currently 73/100).

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