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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.
1950372,396 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,976th)
by Benny Goodman
1951411,523 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,215th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952373,675 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,087th)
by Various Artists
1953392,774 Black Coffee (2,511th)
by Peggy Lee
1954564,663 Sarah Vaughan (1,747th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955897,714 In The Wee Small Hours (444th)
by Frank Sinatra
195613722,348 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195718725,298 Blue Train (481st)
by John Coltrane
195820920,213 Lady In Satin (754th)
by Billie Holiday
195921365,737 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,045156,341

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, 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:878 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:35,019
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,168 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:5,872
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:330
Average Rating:  84/100 (295 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:269 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:4,962
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:391
Average Rating:  83/100 (286 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:268 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,811
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:402
Average Rating:  80/100 (379 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:217 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:4,237
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:444
Average Rating:  80/100 (291 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:229 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:3,861
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:481
Average Rating:  83/100 (259 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:201 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,609
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:517
Average Rating:  80/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:192 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,008
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:609
Average Rating:  78/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,372
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:757
Average Rating:  80/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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10.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,332
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:769
Average Rating:  81/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 33 3%
1952 33 3%
1953 32 3%
1954 50 5%
1955 71 7%
1956 115 12%
1957 161 16%
1958 172 17%
1959 178 18%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 2%
Billie Holiday 12 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 713 81%
Mixed Nationality 35 4%
France 24 3%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 18 2%
Brazil 14 2%
Cuba 6 1%
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