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.
1940501,575
1941541,256
194252696
194345489
1944471,313
1945471,069
1946641,761
1947711,585
1948651,500
1949731,768
Total56813,011

The best artists of the 1940s were Woody Guthrie, Nat King Cole, Lead Belly, Duke Ellington, Josh White, Charlie Parker, Louis Jordan, Hazel Scott, The King Cole Trio and Glenn Miller.
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1940
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51
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Total albums: 290. Page 9 of 29

Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 26 3%
1941 23 2%
1942 24 2%
1943 18 2%
1944 22 2%
1945 20 2%
1946 38 4%
1947 34 3%
1948 40 4%
1949 45 5%
Country Albums %


United States 233 80%
Mixed Nationality 16 6%
France 6 2%
United Kingdom 6 2%
Spain 5 2%
Cuba 5 2%
Hungary 2 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 273 94%
Yes 17 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 284 98%
Yes 6 2%
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