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.
1940451,537
1941511,256
194249685
194343469
1944441,261
1945451,058
1946631,721
1947691,569
1948631,430
1949731,715
Total54512,701

The best artists of the 1940s were Woody Guthrie, Nat King Cole, Lead Belly, Josh White, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Jordan, Hazel Scott, The King Cole Trio and Glenn Miller.
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1947
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128
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1942
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123
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1948
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121
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1943
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Total albums: 281. Page 3 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%
Mexico 2 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 264 94%
Yes 17 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 277 99%
Yes 4 1%
Best Albums of the 1950s
1. Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis
2. Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus
3. Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
4. Blue Train by John Coltrane
5. Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley
6. In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
7. The Shape Of Jazz To Come by Ornette Coleman
8. Here's Little Richard by Little Richard
9. Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
10. Lady In Satin by Billie Holiday
11. Chuck Berry Is On Top by Chuck Berry
12. Brilliant Corners by Thelonious Monk
13. Songs For Swingin' Lovers! by Frank Sinatra
14. Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins
15. Somethin' Else by Cannonball Adderley
16. The "Chirping" Crickets by The Crickets
17. Birth Of The Cool by Miles Davis
18. Moanin' In The Moonlight by Howlin' Wolf
19. Chet Baker Sings by Chet Baker
20. Buddy Holly by Buddy Holly
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