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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 24,000 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.
1950522,772 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,933rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,865 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,077th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,336 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,244th)
by Various Artists
1953693,289 Black Coffee (2,435th)
by Peggy Lee
1954756,813 Chet Baker Sings (1,375th)
by Chet Baker
19551078,591 In The Wee Small Hours (439th)
by Frank Sinatra
195617223,922 Elvis Presley (411th)
by Elvis Presley
195723528,343 Blue Train (464th)
by John Coltrane
195824922,610 Lady In Satin (773rd)
by Billie Holiday
195926474,526 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,348177,066

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 Ornette Coleman.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:975 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:39,126
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,307 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:303 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:6,643
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:318
Average Rating:  84/100 (345 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:306 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:5,367
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:386
Average Rating:  83/100 (339 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:297 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,019
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:411
Average Rating:  80/100 (418 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:250 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:4,700
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:439
Average Rating:  80/100 (336 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:266 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:4,453
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:453
Average Rating:  83/100 (306 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:219 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,018
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:496
Average Rating:  81/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,095
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:636
Average Rating:  78/100 (250 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,566
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:761
Average Rating:  81/100 (242 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:168 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,555
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:764
Average Rating:  81/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 39 4%
1951 41 4%
1952 55 6%
1953 46 5%
1954 61 6%
1955 82 8%
1956 123 12%
1957 167 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 202 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 27 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 805 81%
Mixed Nationality 47 5%
France 29 3%
Canada 22 2%
United Kingdom 19 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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