Best Albums of the 1940s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1940s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 greatest album charts.

Best albums by year or decade
Decade:
Year:
1940s decade summary
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.
1940441,538
1941481,254
194247686
194342473
1944411,260
1945431,060
1946631,716
1947681,573
1948621,430
1949731,717
Total53112,709

The best artists of the 1940s were Woody Guthrie, Nat King Cole, Lead Belly, Josh White, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Jordan, Hazel Scott, Glenn Miller and The King Cole Trio.
View chart at point in time
 Show this chart as it was on the following date
Share this chart
Share | |
Collector's summary (top 281)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!
Sort by
Year of Release:
1940
Appears in:
Rank Score:
366
Rank in 1940:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1941
Appears in:
Rank Score:
315
Rank in 1941:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1944
Appears in:
Rank Score:
302
Rank in 1944:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1940
Appears in:
Rank Score:
289
Rank in 1940:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1945
Appears in:
Rank Score:
252
Rank in 1945:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1949
Appears in:
Rank Score:
214
Rank in 1949:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1948
Appears in:
Rank Score:
208
Rank in 1948:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1946
Appears in:
Rank Score:
195
Rank in 1946:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1944
Appears in:
Rank Score:
195
Rank in 1944:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1941
Appears in:
Rank Score:
193
Rank in 1941:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Total albums: 281. Page 1 of 29

Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 26 3%
1941 23 2%
1942 21 2%
1943 17 2%
1944 21 2%
1945 19 2%
1946 38 4%
1947 34 3%
1948 38 4%
1949 44 4%
Country Albums %


United States 226 80%
Mixed Nationality 16 6%
France 6 2%
United Kingdom 6 2%
Spain 5 2%
Cuba 5 2%
Hungary 2 1%
Show all
Compilation? Albums %
No 264 94%
Yes 17 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 277 99%
Yes 4 1%
Email  Address
Forgotten passwords and other site notifications are sent to the email address saved on your profile.

If you've changed your email address recently, please remember to update it on your profile page.

(If you can't remember your password, and your email address is out of date, please contact us for assistance getting back into your account).
Back to Top