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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.
1950522,784 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,932nd)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,865 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,074th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,335 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,244th)
by Various Artists
1953693,289 Black Coffee (2,434th)
by Peggy Lee
1954756,808 Chet Baker Sings (1,374th)
by Chet Baker
19551078,592 In The Wee Small Hours (439th)
by Frank Sinatra
195617223,919 Elvis Presley (411th)
by Elvis Presley
195723528,339 Blue Train (463rd)
by John Coltrane
195824922,571 Lady In Satin (772nd)
by Billie Holiday
195926474,449 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,348176,951

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:6,923
Average Rating:  71/100 (23 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:6,930
Average Rating:  75/100 (27 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:7,013
Average Rating:  71/100 (25 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:7,050
Average Rating:  75/100 (19 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:7,077
Average Rating:  75/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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146.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1958:29Rank Score:163
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,106
Average Rating:  76/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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147.

Cool Struttin'United States Sonny Clark
Year of Release:1958Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1958:30Rank Score:162
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,139
Average Rating:  77/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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148.

No One CaresUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1959:29Rank Score:161
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,167
Average Rating:  79/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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149.

Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben WebsterUnited States Coleman Hawkins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:31Rank Score:161
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,183
Average Rating:  74/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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150.

The Cannonball Adderley Quintet In San FranciscoUnited States Cannonball Adderley Quintet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1959:30Rank Score:158
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,283
Average Rating:  71/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 39 4%
1951 41 4%
1952 55 6%
1953 46 5%
1954 61 6%
1955 82 8%
1956 123 12%
1957 167 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 202 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 27 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 47 5%
France 29 3%
Canada 22 2%
United Kingdom 19 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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