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Best Albums of the 1950s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 19,000 greatest album charts.

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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.
1950292,017 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,201st)
by Benny Goodman
1951311,272 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,984th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,267 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,983rd)
by Various Artists
1953342,670 Black Coffee (2,636th)
by Peggy Lee
1954473,838 Sarah Vaughan (1,914th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955726,467 In The Wee Small Hours (489th)
by Frank Sinatra
195611319,472 Elvis Presley (415th)
by Elvis Presley
195714921,588 Blue Train (531st)
by John Coltrane
195817618,701 Lady In Satin (821st)
by Billie Holiday
195918357,092 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total867136,384

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman Trio, Thelonious Monk and Little Richard.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:796 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:32,042
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:39
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,039 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:232 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:4,975
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:352
Average Rating:  84/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:4,575
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:391
Average Rating:  83/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,297
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:415
Average Rating:  80/100 (341 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:3,535
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:489
Average Rating:  81/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:3,241
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:531
Average Rating:  83/100 (229 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:175 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,142
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:549
Average Rating:  80/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,566
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:653
Average Rating:  78/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,131
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:769
Average Rating:  82/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:123 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:1,993
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:821
Average Rating:  81/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 25 3%
1951 23 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 30 3%
1954 40 4%
1955 54 5%
1956 88 9%
1957 123 12%
1958 142 14%
1959 150 15%
Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 15 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 592 84%
France 21 3%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Canada 14 2%
United Kingdom 9 1%
Brazil 9 1%
Cuba 5 1%
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