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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 22,000 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.
1950482,589 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,887th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,719 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,093rd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952673,904 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,113th)
by Various Artists
1953612,976 Black Coffee (2,457th)
by Peggy Lee
1954665,073 Sarah Vaughan (1,569th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955958,298 In The Wee Small Hours (428th)
by Frank Sinatra
195614523,617 Elvis Presley (397th)
by Elvis Presley
195718926,494 Blue Train (456th)
by John Coltrane
195822021,269 Lady In Satin (782nd)
by Billie Holiday
195922969,154 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,176165,093

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:909 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:36,486
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,219 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:284 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:6,243
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:317
Average Rating:  84/100 (311 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:276 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:5,086
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:391
Average Rating:  83/100 (303 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:284 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,033
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:397
Average Rating:  80/100 (394 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:230 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:4,502
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  80/100 (307 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:4,206
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:456
Average Rating:  83/100 (279 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,491
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:541
Average Rating:  80/100 (228 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,108
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:608
Average Rating:  78/100 (238 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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9.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:173 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,419
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:763
Average Rating:  81/100 (224 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:155 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,359
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:782
Average Rating:  81/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 41 4%
1951 47 5%
1952 59 6%
1953 47 5%
1954 60 6%
1955 80 8%
1956 120 12%
1957 162 16%
1958 186 19%
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%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 813 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 27 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 17 2%
Brazil 15 2%
Germany 8 1%
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