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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 23,000 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.
1950502,608 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,887th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,732 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,065th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952683,918 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,119th)
by Various Artists
1953632,996 Black Coffee (2,451st)
by Peggy Lee
1954685,018 Sarah Vaughan (1,627th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955988,248 In The Wee Small Hours (429th)
by Frank Sinatra
195615023,432 Elvis Presley (404th)
by Elvis Presley
195719222,289 Here's Little Richard (624th)
by Little Richard
195822524,814 Blue Train (483rd)
by John Coltrane
195923369,740 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,203164,794

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

Satan Is RealUnited States The Louvin Brothers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:161
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:6,982
Average Rating:  73/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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142.

The President Plays With The Oscar Peterson TrioUnited States Lester Young
Year of Release:1952Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1952:8Rank Score:158
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,085
Average Rating:  72/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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143.

FontessaUnited States Modern Jazz Quartet
Year of Release:1956Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1956:25Rank Score:157
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,134
Average Rating:  77/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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144.

Lonely TeardropsUnited States Jackie Wilson
Year of Release:1959Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1959:28Rank Score:156
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,149
Average Rating:  73/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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145.

Haitian DancesHaiti Frantz Casseus
Year of Release:1954Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1954:9Rank Score:152
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,294
Average Rating:  72/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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146.

The Boss Of The BluesUnited States Big Joe Turner
Year of Release:1956Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1956:26Rank Score:152
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,310
Average Rating:  76/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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147.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1958:30Rank Score:152
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,311
Average Rating:  76/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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148.

I'm John Lee HookerUnited States John Lee Hooker
Year of Release:1959Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1959:29Rank Score:151
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,338
Average Rating:  76/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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149.

Rock And Rollin' With Fats DominoUnited States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1955Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1955:8Rank Score:150
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,363
Average Rating:  75/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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150.

Rhapsody In Blue / An American In ParisUnited States Leonard Bernstein / Columbia Symphony Orchestra / New York Philharmonic
Year of Release:1959Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1959:30Rank Score:150
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,375
Average Rating:  76/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 43 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 58 6%
1953 47 5%
1954 60 6%
1955 78 8%
1956 122 12%
1957 161 16%
1958 186 19%
1959 199 20%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 814 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 28 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 18 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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