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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 18,000 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.
1950262,020 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,134th)
by Benny Goodman
1951301,182 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,357th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,172 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,870th)
by Various Artists
1953322,644 Black Coffee (2,494th)
by Peggy Lee
1954403,320 Sarah Vaughan (1,890th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955655,613 In The Wee Small Hours (528th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610217,795 Elvis Presley (403rd)
by Elvis Presley
195713620,154 Blue Train (516th)
by John Coltrane
195815415,573 Lady In Satin (834th)
by Billie Holiday
195916253,828 Kind Of Blue (42nd)
by Miles Davis
Total779125,301

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:718 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:29,222
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:42
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (959 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:206 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:4,854
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:341
Average Rating:  84/100 (236 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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3.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,198
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:403
Average Rating:  80/100 (312 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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4.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:209 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:3,873
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  83/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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5.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,235
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:507
Average Rating:  79/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:164 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:3,174
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:516
Average Rating:  83/100 (214 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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7.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:3,071
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:528
Average Rating:  80/100 (237 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,514
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:638
Average Rating:  78/100 (190 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:128 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,010
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:779
Average Rating:  81/100 (176 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:1,854
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:835
Average Rating:  81/100 (125 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 23 2%
1951 22 2%
1952 26 3%
1953 28 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 83 8%
1957 112 11%
1958 126 13%
1959 132 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 553 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
France 12 2%
Canada 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Cuba 4 1%
Germany 4 1%
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