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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 17,000 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.
1950261,852 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,160th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,177 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,281st)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,083 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,834th)
by Various Artists
1953302,613 Black Coffee (2,461st)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,340 Sarah Vaughan (1,867th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955655,637 In The Wee Small Hours (525th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610117,846 Elvis Presley (400th)
by Elvis Presley
195713020,034 Blue Train (505th)
by John Coltrane
195814815,507 Lady In Satin (852nd)
by Billie Holiday
195915652,903 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total756123,994

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

The Fabulous Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1959:25Rank Score:132
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,005
Average Rating:  66/100 (15 votes)
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142.

The CoastersUnited States The Coasters
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:28Rank Score:131
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,040
Average Rating:  72/100 (9 votes)
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143.

50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Gold Records - Volume 2
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United States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1959Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:130
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,096
Average Rating:  73/100 (17 votes)
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144.

Gene Vincent & The Blue CapsUnited States Gene Vincent
Year of Release:1957Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1957:29Rank Score:129
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,150
Average Rating:  73/100 (13 votes)
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145.

A Swingin' Affair!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1957Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:123
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,380
Average Rating:  70/100 (30 votes)
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146.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1958:32Rank Score:123
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,391
Average Rating:  74/100 (26 votes)
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147.

CalypsoUnited States Harry Belafonte
Year of Release:1956Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1956:23Rank Score:123
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,409
Average Rating:  72/100 (27 votes)
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148.

Canções PraieirasBrazil Dorival Caymmi
Year of Release:1954Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1954:9Rank Score:123
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,410
Average Rating:  75/100 (12 votes)
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149.

Way Out WestUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:31Rank Score:121
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,458
Average Rating:  74/100 (19 votes)
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150.

Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben WebsterUnited States Coleman Hawkins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:32Rank Score:119
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,555
Average Rating:  70/100 (21 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 23 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 109 11%
1958 121 12%
1959 128 13%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 15 2%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 546 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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