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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 23,000 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.
1950512,713 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,869th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,762 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,021st)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,023 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,154th)
by Various Artists
1953633,055 Black Coffee (2,416th)
by Peggy Lee
1954715,145 Sarah Vaughan (1,600th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955998,301 In The Wee Small Hours (432nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195615024,171 Elvis Presley (397th)
by Elvis Presley
195719727,345 Blue Train (449th)
by John Coltrane
195822621,542 Lady In Satin (771st)
by Billie Holiday
195923671,351 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,217169,408

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:942 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:37,830
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,268 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:6,407
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:319
Average Rating:  84/100 (327 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:5,256
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:389
Average Rating:  83/100 (318 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,075
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:397
Average Rating:  80/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:238 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:4,588
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:433
Average Rating:  80/100 (315 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:4,388
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:449
Average Rating:  83/100 (291 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:211 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,621
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:532
Average Rating:  80/100 (236 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:203 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,186
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:604
Average Rating:  78/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,479
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:763
Average Rating:  81/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,458
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:771
Average Rating:  80/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 42 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 59 6%
1953 46 5%
1954 62 6%
1955 78 8%
1956 121 12%
1957 163 16%
1958 184 18%
1959 199 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 3%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 811 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 28 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 21 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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