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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.
1950522,860 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,915th)
by Benny Goodman
1951581,950 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,084th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952694,585 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,257th)
by Various Artists
1953723,405 Black Coffee (2,352nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954787,035 Chet Baker Sings (1,386th)
by Chet Baker
19551129,421 In The Wee Small Hours (434th)
by Frank Sinatra
195618326,252 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195724129,407 Blue Train (466th)
by John Coltrane
195826324,349 Lady In Satin (743rd)
by Billie Holiday
195927479,447 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,402188,711

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 Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,031 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:40,415
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,379 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:344 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:7,475
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:300
Average Rating:  84/100 (385 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:334 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:5,808
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:374
Average Rating:  84/100 (372 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:315 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,427
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:402
Average Rating:  80/100 (442 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:261 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,011
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:434
Average Rating:  80/100 (351 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:278 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:4,525
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:466
Average Rating:  83/100 (330 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,478
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:471
Average Rating:  81/100 (270 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,097
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:663
Average Rating:  78/100 (260 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,723
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:743
Average Rating:  81/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,640
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:771
Average Rating:  81/100 (263 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 34 3%
1951 36 4%
1952 45 5%
1953 46 5%
1954 63 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 133 13%
1957 174 17%
1958 190 19%
1959 201 20%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 828 83%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 18 2%
United Kingdom 14 1%
Brazil 11 1%
Germany 7 1%
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