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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 33,000 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.
194023708 Dust Bowl Ballads (2,694th)
by Woody Guthrie
19411431 The Midnight Special (29,798th)
by Leadbelly
194211320 Fantasia (5,582nd)
by Leopold Stokowski / Philadelphia...
194311290 Birth Of The Bebop: Bird On Tenor (5,604th)
by Charlie Parker
1944130
194513265 Merry Christmas (9,165th)
by Bing Crosby
19462469 Spirituals (17,233rd)
by Paul Robeson
194721180 Souvenir Album (8,849th)
by Ella Fitzgerald
194816213 Chansons Des Cafés De Paris (6,855th)
by Edith Piaf
194915137 Capitol Jazz Classics Vol. 14: C... (10,105th)
by Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco
Total1612,212

The best artists of the 1940s were Woody Guthrie, Leopold Stokowski / Philadelphia Orchestra, Charlie Parker, Edith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco, Glenn Miller, Paul Robeson and Jelly Roll Morton.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Dust Bowl BalladsUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1940Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1940:1Rank Score:704
Rank in 1940s1Overall Rank:2,694
Average Rating:  78/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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2.

FantasiaUnited States Leopold Stokowski / Philadelphia Orchestra
Year of Release:1942Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1942:1Rank Score:276
Rank in 1940s2Overall Rank:5,581
Average Rating:  75/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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3.

Birth Of The Bebop: Bird On TenorUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1943Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1943:1Rank Score:275
Rank in 1940s3Overall Rank:5,604
Average Rating:  73/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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4.

Chansons Des Cafés De ParisFrance Edith Piaf
Year of Release:1948Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1948:1Rank Score:213
Rank in 1940s4Overall Rank:6,854
Average Rating:  73/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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5.

Souvenir AlbumUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1947Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1947:1Rank Score:152
Rank in 1940s5Overall Rank:8,850
Average Rating:  73/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.

Merry ChristmasUnited States Bing Crosby
Year of Release:1945Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1945:1Rank Score:145
Rank in 1940s6Overall Rank:9,165
Average Rating:  77/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

Capitol Jazz Classics Vol. 14: Crosscurrents
Compilation
United States Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco
Year of Release:1949Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1949:1Rank Score:128
Rank in 1940s7Overall Rank:10,105
Average Rating:  70/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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8.

Glenn MillerUnited States Glenn Miller
Year of Release:1945Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1945:2Rank Score:120
Rank in 1940s8Overall Rank:10,617
Average Rating:  75/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9.

SpiritualsUnited States Paul Robeson
Year of Release:1946Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1946:1Rank Score:69
Rank in 1940s9Overall Rank:17,233
Average Rating:  76/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Bambi Original SoundtrackMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1942Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1942:2Rank Score:44
Rank in 1940s10Overall Rank:21,968
Average Rating:  64/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


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


Paul Robeson 2 12%
Merle Travis 1 6%
Woody Guthrie 1 6%
Leopold Stokowski / Philadelphia Orchestra 1 6%
Charlie Parker 1 6%
Edith Piaf 1 6%
Ella Fitzgerald 1 6%
Show all
Country Albums %


United States 14 82%
Spain 1 6%
Mixed Nationality 1 6%
France 1 6%

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