Best Albums of the 1940s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1940s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
1940411,457
1941381,080
194230568
194325396
1944261,105
194529913
1946601,475
1947661,344
1948571,276
1949711,538
Total44311,152

The best artists of the 1940s were Woody Guthrie, Nat King Cole, Leadbelly, Josh White, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Jordan, The King Cole Trio, Hazel Scott and Glenn Miller.
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1941
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1941
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115
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114
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1945
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104
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1949
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103
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1947
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98
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97
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Total albums: 260. Page 3 of 26

Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 26 3%
1941 21 2%
1942 18 2%
1943 15 2%
1944 20 2%
1945 18 2%
1946 35 4%
1947 30 3%
1948 35 4%
1949 42 4%
Country Albums %


United States 203 78%
Mixed Nationality 20 8%
United Kingdom 6 2%
France 5 2%
Spain 5 2%
Cuba 5 2%
Hungary 2 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 244 94%
Yes 16 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 258 99%
Yes 2 1%
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