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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 20,000 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.
1950342,061 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,275th)
by Benny Goodman
1951341,266 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,068th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,307 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,005th)
by Various Artists
1953352,680 Black Coffee (2,569th)
by Peggy Lee
1954473,913 Sarah Vaughan (1,877th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955766,689 In The Wee Small Hours (473rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195611619,631 Elvis Presley (410th)
by Elvis Presley
195715621,861 Blue Train (526th)
by John Coltrane
195818418,731 Lady In Satin (783rd)
by Billie Holiday
195919158,199 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total906138,338

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, 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:818 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:32,768
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:39
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,057 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:5,020
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:356
Average Rating:  84/100 (267 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:4,620
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:392
Average Rating:  83/100 (260 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,395
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:410
Average Rating:  81/100 (347 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:194 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:3,695
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:473
Average Rating:  81/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:203 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:3,322
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:526
Average Rating:  83/100 (235 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:3,246
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:535
Average Rating:  80/100 (197 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,591
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:652
Average Rating:  78/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,179
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:763
Average Rating:  81/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,098
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:783
Average Rating:  81/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 29 3%
1951 25 3%
1952 28 3%
1953 30 3%
1954 40 4%
1955 57 6%
1956 91 9%
1957 128 13%
1958 149 15%
1959 156 16%
Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 15 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 609 83%
France 21 3%
Mixed Nationality 19 3%
Canada 15 2%
Brazil 11 2%
United Kingdom 9 1%
Germany 6 1%
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