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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 17,000 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.
1950251,678 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,193rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,177 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,245th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952322,910 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,060th)
by Various Artists
1953292,464 Black Coffee (2,470th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,194 Sarah Vaughan (1,884th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955635,431 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,356 Elvis Presley (409th)
by Elvis Presley
195712919,526 Blue Train (506th)
by John Coltrane
195814614,955 Lady In Satin (865th)
by Billie Holiday
195915551,364 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total745120,055

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Charles Mingus, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman Trio, Billie Holiday, Little Richard and Thelonious Monk.
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1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:692 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:28,175
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:43
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (931 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:4,642
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:344
Average Rating:  83/100 (227 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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3.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:216 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,075
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:409
Average Rating:  80/100 (304 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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4.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:195 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:3,650
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:440
Average Rating:  82/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:159 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:3,133
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:506
Average Rating:  82/100 (200 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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6.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,098
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:512
Average Rating:  80/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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7.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:2,993
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:527
Average Rating:  80/100 (227 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,466
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:630
Average Rating:  78/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:115 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:1,947
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:784
Average Rating:  81/100 (167 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:1,731
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:865
Average Rating:  81/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 50 5%
1956 80 8%
1957 106 11%
1958 119 12%
1959 126 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 533 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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