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.
1940501,544
1941541,256
194252686
194345480
1944471,280
1945471,059
1946641,736
1947711,577
1948651,461
1949731,744
Total56812,823

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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110
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Total albums: 288. Page 3 of 29

Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 26 3%
1941 23 2%
1942 23 2%
1943 18 2%
1944 22 2%
1945 20 2%
1946 38 4%
1947 34 3%
1948 39 4%
1949 45 5%
Country Albums %


United States 231 80%
Mixed Nationality 16 6%
France 6 2%
United Kingdom 6 2%
Cuba 5 2%
Spain 5 2%
Mexico 2 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 271 94%
Yes 17 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 282 98%
Yes 6 2%
Best Albums of the 1970s
1. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
2. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
3. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
4. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
5. London Calling by The Clash
6. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
7. The Wall by Pink Floyd
8. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
9. Animals by Pink Floyd
10. Who's Next by The Who
11. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan
12. Exile On Main St. by The Rolling Stones
13. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
14. Marquee Moon by Television
15. Pink Moon by Nick Drake
16. Low by David Bowie
17. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
18. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
19. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
20. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
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