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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.
1950251,687 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,145th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,188 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,128th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,753 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,024th)
by Various Artists
1953282,424 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954403,517 Sarah Vaughan (1,909th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955605,145 In The Wee Small Hours (554th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,283 Elvis Presley (395th)
by Elvis Presley
195712518,890 Blue Train (527th)
by John Coltrane
195814314,185 Lady In Satin (831st)
by Billie Holiday
195915148,446 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total729115,519

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Charles Mingus, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Little Richard, Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman Trio.
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141.

50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Gold Records - Volume 2
Compilation
United States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1959Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1959:25Rank Score:115
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,547
Average Rating: 73/100 (15 votes)
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142.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1958:29Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,613
Average Rating: 74/100 (23 votes)
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143.

Singin' The BluesUnited States B.B. King
Year of Release:1956Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1956:23Rank Score:113
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,694
Average Rating: 70/100 (15 votes)
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144.

In A MellotoneUnited States Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1956:24Rank Score:113
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,697
Average Rating: 73/100 (3 votes)
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145.

RickyUnited States Ricky Nelson
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:113
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,700
Average Rating: 69/100 (14 votes)
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146.

Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared Piano (Maro Ajemian)United States John Cage
Year of Release:1951Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1951:3Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,735
Average Rating: 67/100 (11 votes)
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147.

Voice Of The XtabayPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1950Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1950:5Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,740
Average Rating: 69/100 (8 votes)
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148.

The Amazing Nina SimoneUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,761
Average Rating: 70/100 (24 votes)
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149.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1953:7Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,804
Average Rating: 73/100 (5 votes)
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150.

Blind Joe DeathUnited States John Fahey
Year of Release:1959Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,839
Average Rating: 76/100 (10 votes)
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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 46 5%
1956 82 8%
1957 105 11%
1958 117 12%
1959 122 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 15 2%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 527 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 13 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Mexico 3 0%
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