Best Albums of the 1940s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1940s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
1940691,774
1941751,346
194275755
194376596
1944761,293
1945791,090
19461021,815
19471021,738
19481021,449
19491041,980
Total86013,837

The best artists of the 1940s were Woody Guthrie, Nat King Cole, Lead Belly, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Josh White, Louis Jordan, The King Cole Trio, The Original Broadway Cast and Hazel Scott.
View chart at point in time
 Show this chart as it was on the following date
Share this chart
Share | |
Collector's summary (top 316)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!
Sort by
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1946
Appears in:
Rank Score:
195
Rank in 1946:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1941
Appears in:
Rank Score:
175
Rank in 1941:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1949
Appears in:
Rank Score:
166
Rank in 1949:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1948
Appears in:
Rank Score:
160
Rank in 1948:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1941
Appears in:
Rank Score:
153
Rank in 1941:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1947
Appears in:
Rank Score:
142
Rank in 1947:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1942
Appears in:
Rank Score:
139
Rank in 1942:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1946
Appears in:
Rank Score:
138
Rank in 1946:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1949
Appears in:
Rank Score:
137
Rank in 1949:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1943
Appears in:
Rank Score:
136
Rank in 1943:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Total albums: 316. Page 2 of 32

Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 29 3%
1941 28 3%
1942 24 2%
1943 23 2%
1944 25 3%
1945 25 3%
1946 38 4%
1947 40 4%
1948 39 4%
1949 45 5%
Country Albums %


United States 246 78%
Mixed Nationality 20 6%
United Kingdom 13 4%
France 7 2%
Spain 6 2%
Cuba 5 2%
Hungary 2 1%
Show all
Compilation? Albums %
No 299 95%
Yes 17 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 310 98%
Yes 6 2%
Recognised  Decade Charts (2020s)
1. 100 Best Albums of the 2010s: Staff Picks by Billboard (2019)
2. The A.V. Club's 50 best albums of the 2010s by The A.V. Club (2019)
3. Top 50 Albums of the 2010s by The Wild Honey Pie (2019)
4. NME's Greatest Albums of The Decade: The 2010s by New Music Express (2019)
5. Gorilla vs. Bear Albums of the 2010s by Gorilla vs. Bear (2019)
6. The 50 best albums of the decade – 2010 to 2019 by Independent (2019)
7. BrooklynVegan's Top Albums of 2010s by BrooklynVegan (2020)
8. The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s by Pitchfork (2019)
9. All The Best Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked by Uproxx (2019)
10. 100 Best Albums of the 2010s by Rolling Stone (2019)
11. Top 100 Albums of the Decade by Crack Magazine (2019)
12. The Needle Drop's Top Albums Of The 2010s by The Needle Drop (2019)
13. The 101 Best Albums of the 2010s by Spin (2020)
14. The 50 Best Albums of the Decade by Deep Cuts (2019)
15. The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s by Stereogum (2019)
16. Top 100 Albums of the 2010s by Consequence of Sound (2019)
17. The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s by Paste (2019)
18. Tiny Mix Tapes 2010s: Favorite 100 Music Releases of the Decade by Tiny Mix Tapes (2019)
19. BEST OF 2011 - 2020: Die besten Alben des Jahrzehnts by laut (2020)
20. Die besten Platten 2010-2019 by Spex (2019)
Back to Top