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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 20,000 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.
1950342,062 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,286th)
by Benny Goodman
1951341,252 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,167th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,222 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,022nd)
by Various Artists
1953352,673 Black Coffee (2,601st)
by Peggy Lee
1954483,892 Sarah Vaughan (1,881st)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955796,789 In The Wee Small Hours (472nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195611519,921 Elvis Presley (408th)
by Elvis Presley
195716122,143 Blue Train (539th)
by John Coltrane
195818719,004 Lady In Satin (782nd)
by Billie Holiday
195919358,448 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total919139,407

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

DjangoUnited States Modern Jazz Quartet
Year of Release:1956Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1956:25Rank Score:138
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,224
Average Rating:  74/100 (21 votes)
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142.

The Fascinating World Of Electronic Music By Kid Baltan And Tom DisseveltNetherlands Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan
Year of Release:1959Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1959:23Rank Score:137
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,254
Average Rating:  77/100 (4 votes)
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143.

Gene Vincent & The Blue CapsUnited States Gene Vincent
Year of Release:1957Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1957:29Rank Score:137
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,284
Average Rating:  74/100 (14 votes)
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144.

Elvis' Christmas AlbumUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:132
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,474
Average Rating:  72/100 (19 votes)
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145.

The Fabulous Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:24Rank Score:132
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,492
Average Rating:  67/100 (15 votes)
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146.

Lightnin' HopkinsUnited States Lightnin' Hopkins
Year of Release:1959Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1959:25Rank Score:130
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,553
Average Rating:  71/100 (14 votes)
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147.

No One CaresUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:128
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,644
Average Rating:  77/100 (14 votes)
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148.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1953:6Rank Score:127
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,681
Average Rating:  72/100 (13 votes)
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149.

Lonely TeardropsUnited States Jackie Wilson
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:125
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,788
Average Rating:  72/100 (12 votes)
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150.

RickyUnited States Ricky Nelson
Year of Release:1957Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1957:31Rank Score:123
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,872
Average Rating:  71/100 (16 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 29 3%
1951 25 3%
1952 28 3%
1953 30 3%
1954 41 4%
1955 60 6%
1956 91 9%
1957 133 13%
1958 151 15%
1959 157 16%
Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 15 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Doris Day 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
Billie Holiday 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 617 83%
Mixed Nationality 21 3%
France 21 3%
Canada 16 2%
Brazil 11 1%
United Kingdom 10 1%
Germany 6 1%
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