List of Billboard Best-Selling Popular Record Albums number ones of 1946

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Glenn Miller's Orchestra topped the chart for eight weeks with Glenn Miller.
The compilation album Glenn Miller by Glenn Miller's Orchestra (pictured in 1941) was the best-selling album of 1946.
Bing Crosby had two albums which topped the chart for a total of ten weeks.
Bing Crosby (pictured in 1951) was the only artist with two albums atop the chart: Merry Christmas and Selections from The Bells of St. Mary's for a total of ten weeks. Furthermore, Merry Christmas was the longest-reigning album with eight weeks.
Frank Sinatra's The Voice of Frank Sinatra topped the charts for seven weeks.
Frank Sinatra's (pictured in 1960) The Voice of Frank Sinatra was the second-longest reigning album atop the chart with seven weeks.

The Billboard magazine publishes a weekly chart that ranks the best-selling albums in the United States. In 1946, twelve albums by eleven artists topped the chart. At the time, the chart was titled Best-Selling Popular Record Albums and was "based on reports received from more than 200 dealers" throughout the United States.

The first album atop the chart in 1946 was Merry Christmas, a Christmas compilation album by Bing Crosby, released by Decca. It reached the top in December 1945 and peaked for two more weeks in January 1946, for a total of six consecutive weeks at number one. It again reached the top in late November for an additional five weeks, making it the longest reigning album of the year. The album was certified gold 25 years after its release by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 500,000 or more units.[1] Crosby placed a second album atop the listing with the soundtrack to the movie The Bells of St. Mary's in March, bringing his total weeks spent at number one to ten.

Following numerous single releases in the early 1940s, Frank Sinatra released his debut studio album The Voice of Frank Sinatra in March 1946. The album topped the chart for seven consecutive weeks in April and May—the second-longest reigning album in 1946.[2][3] The second longest-reigning album of the previous year, Glenn Miller, recorded by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, again reached the top for an additional five weeks. The album was later crowned as the best-selling album of the year and certified gold by the RIAA in 1968.[4][5] The Ink Spots' eponymous album reached the top in late September and topped the chart without interruption until mid-November, making it the second-longest reigning album of the year, alongside Sinatra's.

Number ones[edit]

Key
Best selling album of 1946 Indicates best selling album of 1946[4]
Issue date Album Artist(s) Ref.
January 5 Merry Christmas Bing Crosby [6]
January 12 [7]
January 19 On the Moon-Beam Vaughn Monroe [8]
January 26 [9]
February 2 [10]
February 9 [11]
February 16 [12]
February 23 State Fair Dick Haymes [13]
March 2 [14]
March 9 [15]
March 16 [16]
March 23 Selections from The Bells of St. Mary's Bing Crosby [17]
March 30 [18]
April 6 The Voice of Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra [19]
April 13 [20]
April 20 [21]
April 27 [22]
May 4 [23]
May 11 [24]
May 18 [25]
May 25 Benny Goodman Sextet Benny Goodman Sextet [26]
June 1 [27]
June 8 Glenn Miller dagger Glenn Miller & His Orchestra [28]
June 15 Benny Goodman Sextet Benny Goodman Sextet [29]
June 22 Glenn Miller dagger Glenn Miller & His Orchestra [30]
June 29 [31]
July 6 [32]
July 13 [33]
July 20 Dancing in the Dark Carmen Cavallaro [34]
July 27 [35]
August 3 [36]
August 10 [37]
August 17 King Cole Trio, Volume 2 King Cole Trio [38]
August 24 [39]
August 31 Cole Porter Review David Rose & His Orchestra [40]
September 7 [41]
September 14 King Cole Trio, Volume 2 King Cole Trio [42]
September 21 [43]
September 28 The Ink Spots The Ink Spots [44]
October 5 [45]
October 12 [46]
October 19 [47]
October 26 [48]
November 2 [49]
November 9 [50]
November 16 Merry Christmas Music Perry Como [51]
November 23 Merry Christmas Bing Crosby [52]
November 30 [53]
December 7 [54]
December 14 [55]
December 21 [56]
December 28 [57]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Frank Sinatra | Artist Biography". AllMusic. Archived from the original on August 28, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Frank Sinatra – The Voice of Frank Sinatra". AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
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  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Glenn Miller & His Orchestra". Recording Industry Association of America. July 2, 1968. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
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  7. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. January 12, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  8. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. January 19, 1946. p. 26. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  9. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. January 26, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  10. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. February 2, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  11. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. February 9, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  12. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. February 16, 1946. p. 34. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  13. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. February 23, 1946. p. 186. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  14. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. March 2, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  15. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. March 9, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  16. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. March 16, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  17. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. March 23, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  18. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. March 30, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  19. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. April 6, 1946. p. 32. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  20. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. April 13, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  21. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. April 20, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  22. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. April 27, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  23. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. May 4, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  24. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. May 11, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  25. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. May 18, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  26. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. May 25, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  27. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. June 1, 1946. p. 26. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  28. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. June 8, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  29. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. June 15, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  30. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. June 22, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  31. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. June 29, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  32. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. July 6, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  33. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. July 13, 1946. p. 30. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  34. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. July 20, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  35. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. July 27, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  36. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. August 3, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  37. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. August 10, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  38. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. August 17, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  39. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. August 24, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  40. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. August 31, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  41. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. September 7, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  42. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. September 14, 1946. p. 26. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  43. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. September 21, 1946. p. 24. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  44. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. September 28, 1946. p. 29. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  45. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. October 5, 1946. p. 25. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  46. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. October 12, 1946. p. 26. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  47. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. October 19, 1946. p. 26. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  48. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. October 26, 1946. p. 29. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  49. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. November 2, 1946. p. 23. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  50. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. November 9, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  51. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. November 16, 1946. p. 25. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  52. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. November 23, 1946. p. 27. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  53. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. November 30, 1946. p. 26. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  54. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. December 7, 1946. p. 27. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  55. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. December 14, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  56. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. December 21, 1946. p. 24. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.
  57. ^ Best-Selling Popular Record Albums (PDF). Billboard. December 28, 1946. p. 22. Retrieved March 19, 2019 – via AmericanRadioHistory.