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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 16,000 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.
1950251,677 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,119th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,247 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,104th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,707 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,033rd)
by Various Artists
1953282,376 Black Coffee (2,374th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,548 Sarah Vaughan (1,863rd)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955605,029 In The Wee Small Hours (565th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569716,899 Elvis Presley (391st)
by Elvis Presley
195712518,741 Blue Train (532nd)
by John Coltrane
195814213,861 Lady In Satin (847th)
by Billie Holiday
195914947,331 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total724113,417

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:651 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:26,416
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: 88/100 (889 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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2.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:210 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:3,972
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:391
Average Rating: 81/100 (292 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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3.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:3,804
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:413
Average Rating: 83/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:190 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:3,580
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:432
Average Rating: 82/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:2,817
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:533
Average Rating: 83/100 (188 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:2,668
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:565
Average Rating: 80/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:2,635
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:572
Average Rating: 80/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 9 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:2,395
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:619
Average Rating: 78/100 (176 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:115 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,007
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:726
Average Rating: 82/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:1,703
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:849
Average Rating: 81/100 (111 votes)
Comments: 6 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 47 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 105 11%
1958 122 12%
1959 125 13%
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 535 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 4 1%
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