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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 25,000 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.
1950522,824 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,908th)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,914 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,045th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,433 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,201st)
by Various Artists
1953703,319 Black Coffee (2,312th)
by Peggy Lee
1954757,019 Chet Baker Sings (1,345th)
by Chet Baker
19551099,117 In The Wee Small Hours (438th)
by Frank Sinatra
195617925,094 Elvis Presley (405th)
by Elvis Presley
195723929,572 Blue Train (474th)
by John Coltrane
195825223,851 Lady In Satin (733rd)
by Billie Holiday
195927176,931 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,372184,073

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:992 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:39,445
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,342 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:318 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:6,949
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:314
Average Rating:  84/100 (366 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:316 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:5,433
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:388
Average Rating:  83/100 (357 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:306 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,256
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:405
Average Rating:  80/100 (429 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:256 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:4,826
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:439
Average Rating:  80/100 (344 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:229 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,416
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:468
Average Rating:  81/100 (262 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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7.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:269 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:4,357
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:474
Average Rating:  83/100 (320 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,194
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:631
Average Rating:  78/100 (259 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,703
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:733
Average Rating:  81/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:194 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,639
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:757
Average Rating:  81/100 (252 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 37 4%
1951 38 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 45 5%
1954 60 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 127 13%
1957 174 17%
1958 182 18%
1959 208 21%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 814 81%
Mixed Nationality 44 4%
France 28 3%
Canada 20 2%
United Kingdom 18 2%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 7 1%
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