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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.
1950251,672 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,125th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,188 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,111th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,728 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,027th)
by Various Artists
1953282,394 Black Coffee (2,448th)
by Peggy Lee
1954403,476 Sarah Vaughan (1,899th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955605,042 In The Wee Small Hours (567th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,159 Elvis Presley (396th)
by Elvis Presley
195712518,947 Blue Train (527th)
by John Coltrane
195814413,967 Lady In Satin (831st)
by Billie Holiday
195915147,970 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total730114,543

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Charles Mingus, 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:659 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:26,875
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:43
Average Rating: 88/100 (892 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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2.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:210 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:3,961
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:396
Average Rating: 81/100 (295 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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3.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:173 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:3,797
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:416
Average Rating: 83/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:192 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:3,610
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:434
Average Rating: 82/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:2,873
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:527
Average Rating: 82/100 (190 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:2,663
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:567
Average Rating: 80/100 (218 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:2,561
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:588
Average Rating: 80/100 (175 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,387
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:628
Average Rating: 78/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,077
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:707
Average Rating: 82/100 (162 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:1,747
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:833
Average Rating: 81/100 (113 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 26 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 46 5%
1956 82 8%
1957 105 11%
1958 118 12%
1959 122 12%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 528 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 13 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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