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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 25,000 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.
1950522,823 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,906th)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,914 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,046th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,433 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,201st)
by Various Artists
1953703,319 Black Coffee (2,311th)
by Peggy Lee
1954757,023 Chet Baker Sings (1,338th)
by Chet Baker
19551099,116 In The Wee Small Hours (437th)
by Frank Sinatra
195617825,087 Elvis Presley (404th)
by Elvis Presley
195723929,568 Blue Train (475th)
by John Coltrane
195825223,849 Lady In Satin (729th)
by Billie Holiday
195927176,868 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,371184,000

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

Satan Is RealUnited States The Louvin Brothers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:177
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:6,752
Average Rating:  73/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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142.

Newport 1958United States Mahalia Jackson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1958:28Rank Score:176
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:6,800
Average Rating:  74/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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143.

Haitian DancesHaiti Frantz Casseus
Year of Release:1954Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1954:10Rank Score:174
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:6,858
Average Rating:  72/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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144.

No One CaresUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1959:28Rank Score:173
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:6,880
Average Rating:  79/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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145.

Like Someone in LoveUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1957Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:171
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:6,950
Average Rating:  77/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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146.

The President Plays With The Oscar Peterson TrioUnited States Lester Young
Year of Release:1952Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1952:8Rank Score:169
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,015
Average Rating:  71/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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147.

Elvis' Christmas AlbumUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1957:31Rank Score:167
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,064
Average Rating:  72/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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148.

That'll Be The DayUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1958:29Rank Score:167
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,085
Average Rating:  67/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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149.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1953:4Rank Score:166
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,129
Average Rating:  73/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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150.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1958:30Rank Score:165
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,143
Average Rating:  75/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 37 4%
1951 38 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 45 5%
1954 60 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 127 13%
1957 174 17%
1958 182 18%
1959 208 21%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 814 81%
Mixed Nationality 44 4%
France 28 3%
Canada 20 2%
United Kingdom 18 2%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 7 1%
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