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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.
1950261,945 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,180th)
by Benny Goodman
1951301,189 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,056th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,216 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,922nd)
by Various Artists
1953322,655 Black Coffee (2,516th)
by Peggy Lee
1954413,538 Sarah Vaughan (1,897th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955665,944 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610318,335 Elvis Presley (410th)
by Elvis Presley
195713720,660 Blue Train (503rd)
by John Coltrane
195815717,348 Lady In Satin (836th)
by Billie Holiday
195916654,545 Kind Of Blue (40th)
by Miles Davis
Total790129,376

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:746 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:29,974
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (978 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:5,091
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:334
Average Rating:  84/100 (245 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:221 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:4,335
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:400
Average Rating:  83/100 (236 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:229 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,181
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:410
Average Rating:  80/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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5.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,330
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:497
Average Rating:  80/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:3,285
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:503
Average Rating:  83/100 (220 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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7.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:3,117
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:527
Average Rating:  80/100 (245 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,538
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:640
Average Rating:  78/100 (193 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,095
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:760
Average Rating:  81/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:1,867
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:836
Average Rating:  81/100 (131 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 36 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 83 8%
1957 115 12%
1958 127 13%
1959 136 14%
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 556 86%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
France 14 2%
Canada 11 2%
Brazil 7 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Cuba 4 1%
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