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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 30,000 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.
194016615 Dust Bowl Ballads (3,342nd)
by Woody Guthrie
19411011 8 To The Bar (Two Piano Boogie W... (35,380th)
by Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons
19429219 Fantasia (7,515th)
by Leopold Stokowski And Philadelph...
19436275 Birth Of The Bebop: Bird On Tenor (5,306th)
by Charlie Parker
1944852 Boogie Woogie In Blue (19,150th)
by Harry "The Hipster" Gi...
19459219 Merry Christmas (8,482nd)
by Bing Crosby
194621128 The Voice Of Frank Sinatra (12,536th)
by Frank Sinatra
194715181 Souvenir Album (8,302nd)
by Ella Fitzgerald
194813213 Chansons Des Cafés De Paris (6,456th)
by Edith Piaf
194912491 Djangology (4,344th)
by Django Reinhardt
Total1192,403

The best artists of the 1940s were Woody Guthrie, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker, Edith Piaf, Leopold Stokowski And Philadelphia Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco and Frank Sinatra.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Dust Bowl BalladsUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1940Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1940:1Rank Score:494
Rank in 1940s1Overall Rank:3,342
Average Rating:  79/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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2.

DjangologyBelgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1949Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1949:1Rank Score:356
Rank in 1940s2Overall Rank:4,344
Average Rating:  82/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 3 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:275
Rank in 1940s3Overall Rank:5,305
Average Rating:  73/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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4.

Chansons Des Cafés De ParisFrance Edith Piaf
Year of Release:1948Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1948:1Rank Score:213
Rank in 1940s4Overall Rank:6,455
Average Rating:  72/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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5.

FantasiaUnited States Leopold Stokowski And Philadelphia Orchestra
Year of Release:1942Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1942:1Rank Score:175
Rank in 1940s5Overall Rank:7,515
Average Rating:  75/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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6.

Souvenir AlbumUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1947Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1947:1Rank Score:153
Rank in 1940s6Overall Rank:8,302
Average Rating:  72/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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7.

Merry ChristmasUnited States Bing Crosby
Year of Release:1945Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1945:1Rank Score:149
Rank in 1940s7Overall Rank:8,482
Average Rating:  77/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

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:128
Rank in 1940s8Overall Rank:9,539
Average Rating:  71/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

The Voice Of Frank SinatraUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1946Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1946:1Rank Score:94
Rank in 1940s9Overall Rank:12,536
Average Rating:  74/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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10.

Marlene DietrichGermany Marlene Dietrich
Year of Release:1940Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1940:2Rank Score:80
Rank in 1940s10Overall Rank:14,518
Average Rating:  76/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 4 0%
1941 1 0%
1942 2 0%
1943 1 0%
1944 1 0%
1945 3 0%
1946 3 0%
1947 3 0%
1948 1 0%
1949 3 0%
Artist Albums %


Bing Crosby 1 5%
Lennie Tristano & Buddy Defranco 1 5%
Frank Sinatra 1 5%
Marlene Dietrich 1 5%
The King Cole Trio 1 5%
Harry "The Hipster" Gibson 1 5%
Various Artists 1 5%
Show all
Country Albums %


United States 16 73%
France 1 5%
Spain 1 5%
Belgium 1 5%
Mixed Nationality 1 5%
Germany 1 5%
Hungary 1 5%

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