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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 14,000 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.
1950251,534 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,812th)
by Benny Goodman
1951281,066 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,174th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,495 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,984th)
by Various Artists
1953272,071 Black Coffee (2,589th)
by Peggy Lee
1954383,039 Sarah Vaughan (1,987th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955544,437 In The Wee Small Hours (562nd)
by Frank Sinatra
19569014,689 Elvis Presley (398th)
by Elvis Presley
195711516,304 Blue Train (519th)
by John Coltrane
195813612,374 Lady In Satin (919th)
by Billie Holiday
195914342,990 Kind Of Blue (45th)
by Miles Davis
Total686100,999

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:597 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:24,266
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:45
Average Rating: 88/100 (814 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:3,741
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:381
Average Rating: 83/100 (194 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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3.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:3,620
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:397
Average Rating: 81/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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4.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:159 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:3,265
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:439
Average Rating: 83/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:2,702
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:517
Average Rating: 83/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:128 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:2,473
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:562
Average Rating: 80/100 (203 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:2,383
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:587
Average Rating: 80/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,376
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:592
Average Rating: 78/100 (165 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:1,698
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:784
Average Rating: 82/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:1,515
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:876
Average Rating: 78/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 24 2%
1954 35 4%
1955 43 4%
1956 78 8%
1957 97 10%
1958 115 12%
1959 122 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 16 3%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Billie Holiday 11 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 509 87%
Mixed Nationality 15 3%
Canada 14 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Cuba 3 1%
Germany 3 1%
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