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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 19,000 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.
1950251,975 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,166th)
by Benny Goodman
1951301,242 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,983rd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,267 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,922nd)
by Various Artists
1953322,647 Black Coffee (2,570th)
by Peggy Lee
1954423,619 Sarah Vaughan (1,897th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955666,177 In The Wee Small Hours (512th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610618,600 Elvis Presley (405th)
by Elvis Presley
195714220,934 Blue Train (527th)
by John Coltrane
195816917,862 Lady In Satin (841st)
by Billie Holiday
195916654,017 Kind Of Blue (40th)
by Miles Davis
Total810130,340

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

50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Gold Records - Volume 2
Compilation
United States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1959Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1959:23Rank Score:134
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,139
Average Rating:  70/100 (19 votes)
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142.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1958:31Rank Score:134
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,146
Average Rating:  74/100 (25 votes)
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143.

The Fabulous Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:24Rank Score:131
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,238
Average Rating:  65/100 (14 votes)
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144.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1953:6Rank Score:131
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,262
Average Rating:  71/100 (13 votes)
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145.

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1958:32Rank Score:129
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,351
Average Rating:  73/100 (9 votes)
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146.

Way Out WestUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:126
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,462
Average Rating:  72/100 (18 votes)
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147.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers And Hart SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1956:24Rank Score:125
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,482
Average Rating:  75/100 (18 votes)
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148.

Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben WebsterUnited States Coleman Hawkins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:31Rank Score:121
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,665
Average Rating:  71/100 (18 votes)
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149.

Lightnin' HopkinsUnited States Lightnin' Hopkins
Year of Release:1959Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1959:25Rank Score:121
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,674
Average Rating:  69/100 (13 votes)
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150.

RickyUnited States Ricky Nelson
Year of Release:1957Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1957:32Rank Score:119
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,758
Average Rating:  70/100 (14 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 22 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 28 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 53 5%
1956 85 9%
1957 120 12%
1958 135 14%
1959 136 14%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 569 86%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
France 15 2%
Canada 12 2%
Brazil 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
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