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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.
1950512,718 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,860th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,779 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,005th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,216 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,127th)
by Various Artists
1953653,066 Black Coffee (2,437th)
by Peggy Lee
1954715,286 Sarah Vaughan (1,565th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955998,294 In The Wee Small Hours (434th)
by Frank Sinatra
195615024,520 Elvis Presley (398th)
by Elvis Presley
195719727,474 Blue Train (450th)
by John Coltrane
195822721,647 Lady In Satin (775th)
by Billie Holiday
195923872,270 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,222171,271

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:954 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:38,371
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,274 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:6,482
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:315
Average Rating:  84/100 (331 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:296 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:5,244
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:391
Average Rating:  83/100 (326 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,083
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:398
Average Rating:  80/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:4,560
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:434
Average Rating:  80/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:4,381
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:450
Average Rating:  83/100 (296 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:210 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,618
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:530
Average Rating:  80/100 (236 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:204 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,090
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:629
Average Rating:  78/100 (247 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:184 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,530
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:751
Average Rating:  81/100 (234 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,450
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:776
Average Rating:  81/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 41 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 60 6%
1953 48 5%
1954 62 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 121 12%
1957 163 16%
1958 182 18%
1959 198 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%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 813 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 27 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 21 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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