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.
1940441,537
1941481,254
194247686
194342473
1944411,260
1945431,060
1946631,716
1947681,573
1948621,430
1949731,717
Total53112,708

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.
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1946
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Total albums: 281. Page 13 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%
United Kingdom 6 2%
France 6 2%
Spain 5 2%
Cuba 5 2%
Mexico 2 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 264 94%
Yes 17 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 277 99%
Yes 4 1%
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