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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 18,000 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.
1950251,946 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,138th)
by Benny Goodman
1951301,215 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,027th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,265 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,956th)
by Various Artists
1953322,683 Black Coffee (2,523rd)
by Peggy Lee
1954423,515 Sarah Vaughan (1,897th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955666,006 In The Wee Small Hours (518th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610618,236 Elvis Presley (405th)
by Elvis Presley
195714020,652 Blue Train (528th)
by John Coltrane
195816617,482 Lady In Satin (849th)
by Billie Holiday
195916653,322 Kind Of Blue (40th)
by Miles Davis
Total805128,322

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, Thelonious Monk and Little Richard.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:747 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:29,918
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (996 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:4,636
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:363
Average Rating:  84/100 (247 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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3.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:230 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,241
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:405
Average Rating:  81/100 (322 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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4.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:216 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:4,169
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:416
Average Rating:  83/100 (235 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:3,229
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:518
Average Rating:  80/100 (245 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:3,171
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:528
Average Rating:  83/100 (217 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,023
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:545
Average Rating:  79/100 (185 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,501
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:652
Average Rating:  78/100 (197 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,088
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:763
Average Rating:  81/100 (183 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:1,847
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:849
Average Rating:  81/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 22 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 28 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 85 9%
1957 118 12%
1958 132 13%
1959 137 14%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 565 86%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
France 14 2%
Canada 12 2%
Brazil 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
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