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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.
1950512,718 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,858th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,779 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,000th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,217 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,127th)
by Various Artists
1953653,066 Black Coffee (2,433rd)
by Peggy Lee
1954715,286 Sarah Vaughan (1,563rd)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955998,294 In The Wee Small Hours (435th)
by Frank Sinatra
195615024,527 Elvis Presley (397th)
by Elvis Presley
195719727,474 Blue Train (450th)
by John Coltrane
195822721,644 Lady In Satin (774th)
by Billie Holiday
195923871,970 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,222170,976

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 Thelonious Monk.
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RankAlbumArtist
141.

Satan Is RealUnited States The Louvin Brothers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:165
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:6,933
Average Rating:  73/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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142.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1958:28Rank Score:162
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,004
Average Rating:  76/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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143.

Haitian DancesHaiti Frantz Casseus
Year of Release:1954Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1954:9Rank Score:160
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,071
Average Rating:  72/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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144.

Lonely TeardropsUnited States Jackie Wilson
Year of Release:1959Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1959:28Rank Score:158
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,152
Average Rating:  73/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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145.

Songs Of IrelandIreland Mary O'Hara
Year of Release:1958Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1958:29Rank Score:154
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,273
Average Rating:  73/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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146.

The Boss Of The BluesUnited States Big Joe Turner
Year of Release:1956Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1956:25Rank Score:154
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,287
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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147.

The Buddy Holly Story
Compilation
United States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1959Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1959:29Rank Score:151
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,371
Average Rating:  74/100 (7 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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148.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1953:4Rank Score:151
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,387
Average Rating:  72/100 (18 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:7,411
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:7,421
Average Rating:  76/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 41 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 60 6%
1953 48 5%
1954 62 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 121 12%
1957 163 16%
1958 182 18%
1959 198 20%
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 813 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 27 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 21 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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