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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 26,000 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.
1950523,003 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,692nd)
by Benny Goodman
1951592,551 Hank Williams Sings (3,099th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952684,164 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,297th)
by Various Artists
1953723,545 Black Coffee (2,387th)
by Peggy Lee
1954857,294 Chet Baker Sings (1,359th)
by Chet Baker
19551159,610 In The Wee Small Hours (434th)
by Frank Sinatra
195619326,945 Elvis Presley (404th)
by Elvis Presley
195724730,085 Blue Train (466th)
by John Coltrane
195826725,330 Lady In Satin (737th)
by Billie Holiday
195927980,685 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,437193,214

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,041 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:40,946
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,392 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:352 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:7,513
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:304
Average Rating:  84/100 (388 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:340 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:5,776
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:378
Average Rating:  83/100 (378 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:322 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,502
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:404
Average Rating:  80/100 (445 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:265 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,035
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:434
Average Rating:  80/100 (354 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:247 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,619
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:464
Average Rating:  81/100 (274 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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7.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:286 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:4,600
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:466
Average Rating:  83/100 (339 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:219 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,146
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:663
Average Rating:  78/100 (265 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:183 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,796
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:737
Average Rating:  81/100 (201 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,723
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:754
Average Rating:  80/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 33 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 46 5%
1953 45 5%
1954 66 7%
1955 83 8%
1956 130 13%
1957 173 17%
1958 188 19%
1959 197 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 829 83%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 18 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 6 1%
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