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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 23,000 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.
1950502,608 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,888th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,732 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,065th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952683,918 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,119th)
by Various Artists
1953632,996 Black Coffee (2,451st)
by Peggy Lee
1954685,018 Sarah Vaughan (1,627th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955988,248 In The Wee Small Hours (428th)
by Frank Sinatra
195615023,432 Elvis Presley (404th)
by Elvis Presley
195719222,289 Here's Little Richard (624th)
by Little Richard
195822524,814 Blue Train (484th)
by John Coltrane
195923369,740 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,203164,794

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, 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:925 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:37,133
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,247 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:6,332
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:317
Average Rating:  84/100 (317 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:278 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:4,966
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:400
Average Rating:  83/100 (309 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:284 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,923
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:404
Average Rating:  80/100 (400 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:4,587
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  80/100 (313 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:3,981
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:484
Average Rating:  83/100 (286 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,574
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:536
Average Rating:  80/100 (231 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:3,068
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:624
Average Rating:  78/100 (241 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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9.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:173 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,411
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:778
Average Rating:  81/100 (228 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1958:2Rank Score:2,356
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:787
Average Rating:  80/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 43 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 58 6%
1953 47 5%
1954 60 6%
1955 78 8%
1956 122 12%
1957 161 16%
1958 186 19%
1959 199 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 814 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 28 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 18 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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