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.
1940441,537
1941481,256
194247685
194343469
1944441,261
1945451,058
1946631,721
1947681,570
1948621,430
1949731,715
Total53712,702

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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Total albums: 281. Page 9 of 29

Best Albums of the 1940s composition

Year Albums %


1940 26 3%
1941 23 2%
1942 21 2%
1943 17 2%
1944 21 2%
1945 19 2%
1946 38 4%
1947 34 3%
1948 38 4%
1949 44 4%
Country Albums %


United States 226 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 264 94%
Yes 17 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 277 99%
Yes 4 1%
Best Albums of 1955
1. In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
2. Sarah Vaughan by Sarah Vaughan
3. Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley And His Comets
4. Julie Is Her Name by Julie London
5. Ramblin' Man by Hank Williams
6. Concert By The Sea by Erroll Garner
7. Study In Brown by Clifford Brown & Max Roach
8. Shake, Rattle And Roll by Bill Haley And His Comets
9. Dinah Jams by Dinah Washington
10. Satch Plays Fats by Louis Armstrong
11. Lullabies Of Birdland by Ella Fitzgerald
12. Sarah Vaughan In Hi-Fi by Sarah Vaughan
13. Blue Moods by Miles Davis
14. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 by Wilhelm Furtwängler / Bayreuth Festpiele Orchester Und Chor
15. Lennie Tristano by Lennie Tristano
16. Diz And Getz by Stan Getz & Dizzy Gillespie
17. Les And Mary by Les Paul & Mary Ford
18. Chet Atkins In Three Dimensions by Chet Atkins
19. Lotte Lenya Singt Kurt Weill by Lotte Lenya
20. Hamp & Getz by Stan Getz / Lionel Hampton
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