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The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the limited set of charts available for 1940.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Glenn Miller In the Mood 1940   Europe 1 of the 1940s, US BB 2 of 1940, POP 2 of 1940, RYM 4 of 1939, Scrobulate 4 of swing, RIAA 11, UK 13 – Jan 1976, Netherlands 15 – Aug 1972, Party 45 of 1999, Acclaimed 477
2 Artie Shaw Frenesi 1940   US 1940s 1 – Aug 1940, US 1 for 13 weeks Dec 1940, US BB 6 of 1940, POP 6 of 1940, Scrobulate 48 of swing, Europe 71 of the 1940s
3 Bing Crosby Only Forever 1940   US 1940s 1 – Sep 1940, US 1 for 9 weeks Oct 1940, US BB 15 of 1940, POP 15 of 1940, Europe 24 of the 1940s, RYM 87 of 1940
4 Tommy Dorsey I'll Never Smile Again 1940   US 1940s 1 – Jul 1940, US 1 for 12 weeks Jul 1940, US BB 8 of 1940, POP 8 of 1940, Europe 17 of the 1940s
5 Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) When You Wish Upon a Star 1940   Oscar in 1940, AFI 7, RYM 20 of 1940, RIAA 55, Acclaimed 1090

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Clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw in 1940

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Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Britten, Benjamin Les Illuminations 1940-01-30   London Wyss / Neel String OrchestraNeel [3]
Britten, Benjamin Violin Concerto 1940-03-29   New York City Brosa / New York PhilharmonicBarbirolli [4]
Carpenter, John Alden Symphony No. 1 (2nd version) 1940-10-24   Chicago Chicago SymphonyStock [5]
Chávez, Carlos Xochipilli-Macuilxóchitl 1940-05-16   Museum of Modern Art, New York City Ensemble – Chávez
Creston, Paul Symphony No. 1 1940-02-22   New York City NYA SymphonyMahler [6]
Ginastera, Alberto Malambo for piano 1940-09-11   Montevideo Balzo [7]
Ginastera, Alberto Three Pieces for Piano 1940-10-16   Montevideo Balzo [8]
Hartmann, Karl Amadeus Concerto funebre 1940-02-29   St. Gallen Neracher / St. Gallen Chamber OrchestraKlug [9]
Hindemith, Paul Violin Concerto (1939) 1940-03-14   Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra
Khachaturian, Aram Violin Concerto 1940-11-16   Moscow Oistrakh / USSR State SymphonyGauk [10]
Krenek, Ernst Little Concerto for Piano, Organ and Chamber Orchestra 1940-05-23   Poughkeepsie, NY Williams, Geer / Vassar Orchestra – Krenek [11]
Krenek, Ernst Symphonisches Stück 1940-06-11   Basel Basel Chamber OrchestraSacher [12]
Larsson, Lars-Erik God in Disguise 1940-04-01   Stockholm Torlind, Hasslo, Molander / Swedish Radio Symphony – Larsson [13]
Lilburn, Douglas Aotearoa, overture 1940-04-15   London Sadler's Welles OrchestraBraithwaite [14]
Milhaud, Darius Symphony No. 1 1940-10-17   Chicago Chicago Symphony – Milhaud [15]
Myaskovsky, Nikolai Symphony No. 20 1940-11-28   Moscow USSR Radio SymphonyGolovanov [16]
Piston, Walter Violin Concerto No. 1 1940-03-18   New York City Posselt / National Orchestral AssociationBarzin [17]
Price, Florence Symphony No. 3 (Price) 1940-11-06   Little Rock Detroit Civic Orchestra – Valter Poole[18]
Prokofiev, Sergei Piano Sonata No. 6 1940-04-08   Moscow Prokofiev[19]
Rodrigo, Joaquín Concierto de Aranjuez 1940-11-09   Barcelona Saenz de la Maza / Barcelona PhilharmonicMendoza-Lasalle [20]
Schoenberg, Arnold Chamber Symphony No. 2 1940-12-15   New York City Friends of New Music OrchestraStiedry [21]
Schoenberg, Arnold Violin Concerto (finished 1936) 1940-12-06   Philadelphia Krasner / Philadelphia OrchestraStokowski [22]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Piano Quintet 1940-11-23   Moscow Shostakovich, Beethoven Quartet [23]
Shostakovich, Dmitri Four Romances on Verses by Pushkin 1940-12-08   Moscow Baturin, Shostakovich [24]
Strauss, Richard Japanese Festival Music 1940-12-14   Tokyo Tokyo Broadcast OrchestraFellmer [25]
Stravinsky, Igor Symphony in C 1940-11-07   Chicago Chicago Symphony – Stravinsky [26]
Tippett, Michael Concerto for Double String Orchestra 1940-04-21   London South London Orchestra – Tippett [27]
Webern, Anton Fünf Lieder, Op. 4 (1909) 1940-02-10   Basel Gradmann-Lüscher, Schmid [28]

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ReferencesEdit

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