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.

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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.
1940391,393
1941331,060
194227568
194322382
1944261,081
194529887
1946601,441
1947651,348
1948541,249
1949711,543
Total42610,952

The best artists of the 1940s were Woody Guthrie, Nat King Cole, Leadbelly, Josh White, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Jordan, Hazel Scott, The King Cole Trio and Glenn Miller.
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1946
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161
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1949
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160
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1947
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149
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1948
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145
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1947
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142
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1946
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136
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1946
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1942
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123
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121
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Total albums: 257. Page 2 of 26

Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 25 3%
1941 20 2%
1942 18 2%
1943 15 2%
1944 20 2%
1945 18 2%
1946 34 3%
1947 31 3%
1948 34 3%
1949 42 4%
Country Albums %


United States 200 78%
Mixed Nationality 21 8%
France 5 2%
Spain 5 2%
Cuba 5 2%
United Kingdom 5 2%
Hungary 2 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 241 94%
Yes 16 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 255 99%
Yes 2 1%
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