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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 17,000 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.
1950261,852 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,167th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,177 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,287th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,066 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,837th)
by Various Artists
1953302,613 Black Coffee (2,472nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,340 Sarah Vaughan (1,866th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955655,568 In The Wee Small Hours (525th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610117,668 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195713019,984 Blue Train (503rd)
by John Coltrane
195814815,488 Lady In Satin (857th)
by Billie Holiday
195915652,805 Kind Of Blue (42nd)
by Miles Davis
Total756123,562

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:706 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:28,925
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:42
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (944 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:4,725
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:339
Average Rating:  83/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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3.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:219 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,136
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:402
Average Rating:  80/100 (308 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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4.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:3,773
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:422
Average Rating:  83/100 (215 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:3,183
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:503
Average Rating:  82/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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6.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,163
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:507
Average Rating:  80/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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7.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:3,018
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:525
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:145 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,491
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:624
Average Rating:  78/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:118 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:1,914
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:795
Average Rating:  82/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:1,751
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:857
Average Rating:  81/100 (120 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 23 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 109 11%
1958 121 12%
1959 128 13%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 15 2%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 546 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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