Best Albums of the 1940s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1940s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 52,000 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.
1940681,785
1941721,208
194269779
194369590
1944701,319
1945741,087
1946991,854
19471001,755
19481001,477
19491001,978
Total82113,831

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.
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Year of Release:
1946
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1943
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1944
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10
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1948
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1947
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Year of Release:
1943
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10
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Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1942
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10
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Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1948
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Rank Score:
10
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Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1946
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Rank Score:
10
Rank in 1946:
Rank in 1940s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
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Buy album United States
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Year of Release:
1940
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10
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Total albums: 318. Page 25 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 41 4%
1948 39 4%
1949 46 5%
Country Albums %


United States 247 78%
Mixed Nationality 20 6%
United Kingdom 13 4%
France 7 2%
Spain 6 2%
Cuba 5 2%
Portugal 2 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 301 95%
Yes 17 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 312 98%
Yes 6 2%
Best Albums of the 1980s
1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
2. Doolittle by Pixies
3. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
4. Disintegration by The Cure
5. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
6. The Joshua Tree by U2
7. Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush
8. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
9. Thriller by Michael Jackson
10. Closer by Joy Division
11. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
12. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
13. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
14. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
15. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
16. Graceland by Paul Simon
17. Back In Black by AC/DC
18. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
19. Murmur by R.E.M.
20. Moving Pictures by Rush
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