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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 15,000 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.
1950251,538 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,014th)
by Benny Goodman
1951281,148 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,970th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,495 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,060th)
by Various Artists
1953282,334 Jazz At Massey Hall (2,301st)
by The Quintet
1954393,400 Sarah Vaughan (1,775th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955594,710 In The Wee Small Hours (565th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569416,057 Elvis Presley (390th)
by Elvis Presley
195712218,115 Blue Train (514th)
by John Coltrane
195814113,330 Lady In Satin (894th)
by Billie Holiday
195914745,790 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total713108,916

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:637 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:25,838
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: 88/100 (863 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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2.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:3,863
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:391
Average Rating: 81/100 (282 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:3,734
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:410
Average Rating: 83/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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4.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:3,679
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:415
Average Rating: 83/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:2,864
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:516
Average Rating: 83/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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6.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:2,739
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:534
Average Rating: 80/100 (166 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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7.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:2,596
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:565
Average Rating: 81/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,411
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:609
Average Rating: 78/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:111 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:1,948
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:723
Average Rating: 82/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:1,682
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:832
Average Rating: 79/100 (125 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 45 5%
1956 82 8%
1957 103 10%
1958 119 12%
1959 124 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 16 3%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 525 86%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 4 1%
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