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.

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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.
1940691,775
1941751,347
194275755
194377598
1944761,294
1945791,091
19461021,816
19471021,739
19481021,451
19491041,981
Total86113,846

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:
1940
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Rank Score:
386
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Year of Release:
1940
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Rank Score:
344
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Year of Release:
1941
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316
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Year of Release:
1944
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Rank Score:
272
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1947
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Rank Score:
258
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1945
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Rank Score:
249
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Year of Release:
1948
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Rank Score:
221
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Year of Release:
1947
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Rank Score:
215
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Year of Release:
1949
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Rank Score:
209
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1944
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203
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Total albums: 317. Page 1 of 32

Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 29 3%
1941 28 3%
1942 24 2%
1943 24 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 14 4%
France 7 2%
Spain 6 2%
Cuba 5 2%
Mexico 2 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 300 95%
Yes 17 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 311 98%
Yes 6 2%
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