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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 24,000 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.
1950522,744 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,870th)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,825 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,028th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,300 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,143rd)
by Various Artists
1953663,149 Black Coffee (2,461st)
by Peggy Lee
1954745,348 Sarah Vaughan (1,581st)
by Sarah Vaughan
19551038,395 In The Wee Small Hours (439th)
by Frank Sinatra
195616824,740 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195723127,846 Blue Train (447th)
by John Coltrane
195824621,905 Lady In Satin (777th)
by Billie Holiday
195925873,578 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,323173,830

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy Holly, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and Ornette Coleman.
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RankAlbumArtist
141.

An Evening Wasted With Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1959Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:168
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:6,876
Average Rating:  72/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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142.

Concert By The SeaUnited States Erroll Garner
Year of Release:1955Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1955:7Rank Score:168
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:6,887
Average Rating:  76/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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143.

The President Plays With The Oscar Peterson TrioUnited States Lester Young
Year of Release:1952Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1952:8Rank Score:166
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:6,954
Average Rating:  72/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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144.

I'm John Lee HookerUnited States John Lee Hooker
Year of Release:1959Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:165
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:6,985
Average Rating:  76/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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145.

The Fascinating World Of Electronic Music By Kid Baltan And Tom DisseveltNetherlands Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan
Year of Release:1959Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1959:28Rank Score:164
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,020
Average Rating:  76/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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146.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1958:29Rank Score:162
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,081
Average Rating:  76/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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147.

Lonely TeardropsUnited States Jackie Wilson
Year of Release:1959Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1959:29Rank Score:157
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,241
Average Rating:  73/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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148.

The Boss Of The BluesUnited States Big Joe Turner
Year of Release:1956Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1956:25Rank Score:153
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,378
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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149.

Rock And Rollin' With Fats DominoUnited States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1955Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1955:8Rank Score:151
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,432
Average Rating:  75/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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150.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1953:4Rank Score:151
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,451
Average Rating:  72/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 38 4%
1951 43 4%
1952 56 6%
1953 47 5%
1954 61 6%
1955 82 8%
1956 122 12%
1957 166 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 201 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 28 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 805 81%
Mixed Nationality 48 5%
France 28 3%
Canada 21 2%
United Kingdom 19 2%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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