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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 16,000 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.
1950251,594 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,093rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,151 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,080th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,597 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,059th)
by Various Artists
1953282,315 Black Coffee (2,431st)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,432 Sarah Vaughan (1,873rd)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955604,969 In The Wee Small Hours (558th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569716,648 Elvis Presley (394th)
by Elvis Presley
195712518,367 Blue Train (544th)
by John Coltrane
195814213,704 Lady In Satin (856th)
by Billie Holiday
195915047,292 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total725112,070

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:649 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:26,410
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: 88/100 (880 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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2.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:209 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:3,937
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:395
Average Rating: 81/100 (290 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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3.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:3,787
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:412
Average Rating: 83/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:3,688
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:422
Average Rating: 82/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:2,749
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:543
Average Rating: 83/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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6.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:2,739
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:545
Average Rating: 80/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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7.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:2,678
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:559
Average Rating: 80/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:2,382
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:618
Average Rating: 78/100 (176 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Birth Of The CoolUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:1,977
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:732
Average Rating: 82/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:1,679
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:853
Average Rating: 79/100 (125 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 26 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 47 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 105 11%
1958 122 12%
1959 125 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 535 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 4 1%
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