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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 15,000 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.
1950251,569 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,036th)
by Benny Goodman
1951281,143 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,026th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,541 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,035th)
by Various Artists
1953282,413 Jazz At Massey Hall (2,317th)
by The Quintet
1954393,467 Sarah Vaughan (1,684th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955604,855 In The Wee Small Hours (565th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569516,629 Elvis Presley (393rd)
by Elvis Presley
195712318,428 Blue Train (517th)
by John Coltrane
195814213,657 Lady In Satin (879th)
by Billie Holiday
195914746,905 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total717111,608

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, Little Richard and Thelonious Monk.
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141.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1953:7Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,607
Average Rating: 74/100 (5 votes)
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142.

Gene Vincent & The Blue CapsUnited States Gene Vincent
Year of Release:1957Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1957:31Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,627
Average Rating: 74/100 (12 votes)
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143.

An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer United States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1959Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1959:25Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,638
Average Rating: 67/100 (16 votes)
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144.

Come Dance With Me!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,642
Average Rating: 67/100 (17 votes)
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145.

In A MellotoneUnited States Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1956:23Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,676
Average Rating: 74/100 (3 votes)
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146.

Dance ManiaUnited States Tito Puente
Year of Release:1958Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1958:27Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,678
Average Rating: 77/100 (22 votes)
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147.

Blind Joe DeathUnited States John Fahey
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,707
Average Rating: 77/100 (10 votes)
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148.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:28Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,875
Average Rating: 74/100 (21 votes)
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149.

Concert By The SeaUnited States Erroll Garner
Year of Release:1955Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1955:8Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,878
Average Rating: 73/100 (15 votes)
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150.

The Great CarusoUnited States Mario Lanza
Year of Release:1951Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1951:4Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,925
Average Rating: 68/100 (13 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 47 5%
1956 83 8%
1957 104 10%
1958 121 12%
1959 124 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 16 3%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 531 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Brazil 4 1%
Peru 4 1%
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