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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 16,000 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.
1950251,673 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,139th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,180 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,182nd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952332,764 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,049th)
by Various Artists
1953302,432 Black Coffee (2,483rd)
by Peggy Lee
1954403,453 Sarah Vaughan (1,858th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955615,325 In The Wee Small Hours (526th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,185 Elvis Presley (398th)
by Elvis Presley
195712919,150 Blue Train (522nd)
by John Coltrane
195814514,525 Lady In Satin (867th)
by Billie Holiday
195915249,669 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total742117,357

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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1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:675 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:27,530
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:43
Average Rating: 88/100 (913 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:4,150
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:389
Average Rating: 83/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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3.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:215 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,054
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:398
Average Rating: 81/100 (299 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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4.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:194 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:3,669
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:433
Average Rating: 83/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:2,973
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:522
Average Rating: 82/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:2,923
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:526
Average Rating: 80/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:2,886
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:531
Average Rating: 80/100 (175 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,421
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:632
Average Rating: 78/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:1,973
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:764
Average Rating: 82/100 (163 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:1,709
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:868
Average Rating: 81/100 (118 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 28 3%
1954 36 4%
1955 47 5%
1956 80 8%
1957 107 11%
1958 118 12%
1959 122 12%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 531 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 9 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Germany 3 0%
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