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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 20,000 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.
1950342,062 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,281st)
by Benny Goodman
1951341,252 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,162nd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,222 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,020th)
by Various Artists
1953352,673 Black Coffee (2,599th)
by Peggy Lee
1954483,892 Sarah Vaughan (1,879th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955796,789 In The Wee Small Hours (472nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195611519,861 Elvis Presley (408th)
by Elvis Presley
195716122,146 Blue Train (539th)
by John Coltrane
195818718,984 Lady In Satin (782nd)
by Billie Holiday
195919358,142 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total919139,024

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:819 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:32,897
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:39
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,072 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:243 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:5,061
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:355
Average Rating:  84/100 (269 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:4,504
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:403
Average Rating:  83/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,458
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:408
Average Rating:  80/100 (355 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:195 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:3,757
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:472
Average Rating:  81/100 (268 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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6.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,286
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:536
Average Rating:  80/100 (201 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:3,268
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:539
Average Rating:  83/100 (239 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:174 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,638
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:649
Average Rating:  78/100 (217 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,192
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:765
Average Rating:  82/100 (204 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,145
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:782
Average Rating:  81/100 (154 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 29 3%
1951 25 3%
1952 28 3%
1953 30 3%
1954 41 4%
1955 60 6%
1956 91 9%
1957 133 13%
1958 151 15%
1959 157 16%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 617 83%
Mixed Nationality 21 3%
France 21 3%
Canada 16 2%
Brazil 11 1%
United Kingdom 10 1%
Germany 6 1%
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