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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 15,000 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.
1950251,570 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,036th)
by Benny Goodman
1951281,143 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,028th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,541 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,043rd)
by Various Artists
1953282,410 Jazz At Massey Hall (2,319th)
by The Quintet
1954393,385 Sarah Vaughan (1,848th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955604,839 In The Wee Small Hours (568th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569616,648 Elvis Presley (393rd)
by Elvis Presley
195712318,527 Blue Train (516th)
by John Coltrane
195814213,665 Lady In Satin (880th)
by Billie Holiday
195914746,732 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total718111,460

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:644 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:26,105
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: 88/100 (866 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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2.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:208 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:3,913
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:393
Average Rating: 81/100 (283 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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3.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:3,714
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:412
Average Rating: 83/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:188 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:3,668
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:415
Average Rating: 83/100 (197 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:2,889
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:516
Average Rating: 83/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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6.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:2,746
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:536
Average Rating: 80/100 (166 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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7.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:2,596
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:568
Average Rating: 81/100 (208 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,424
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:608
Average Rating: 78/100 (173 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:1,969
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:725
Average Rating: 82/100 (159 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:1,657
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:855
Average Rating: 79/100 (125 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 47 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 104 10%
1958 122 12%
1959 124 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 16 3%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 533 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Brazil 4 1%
Peru 4 1%
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