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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.
1950522,973 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,699th)
by Benny Goodman
1951592,525 Hank Williams Sings (3,092nd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952684,151 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,291st)
by Various Artists
1953723,522 Black Coffee (2,389th)
by Peggy Lee
1954857,197 Chet Baker Sings (1,372nd)
by Chet Baker
19551159,533 In The Wee Small Hours (434th)
by Frank Sinatra
195619226,793 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195724729,942 Blue Train (464th)
by John Coltrane
195826725,174 Lady In Satin (738th)
by Billie Holiday
195927880,465 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,435192,276

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:1,043 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:41,012
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,389 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:351 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:7,469
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:303
Average Rating:  84/100 (387 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:340 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:5,778
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:377
Average Rating:  84/100 (376 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,481
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:402
Average Rating:  80/100 (445 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,021
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:434
Average Rating:  80/100 (354 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:4,583
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:464
Average Rating:  83/100 (339 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:245 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,528
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:467
Average Rating:  81/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,134
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:663
Average Rating:  78/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,788
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:738
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:201 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,697
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:764
Average Rating:  81/100 (266 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 33 3%
1951 38 4%
1952 46 5%
1953 45 5%
1954 66 7%
1955 83 8%
1956 129 13%
1957 174 17%
1958 189 19%
1959 198 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 24 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 15 1%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 827 83%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 6 1%
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