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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 16,000 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.
1950251,680 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,148th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,178 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,209th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952322,764 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,048th)
by Various Artists
1953272,219 Black Coffee (2,488th)
by Peggy Lee
1954383,114 Sarah Vaughan (1,867th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955625,329 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,182 Elvis Presley (399th)
by Elvis Presley
195712919,158 Blue Train (523rd)
by John Coltrane
195814614,735 Lady In Satin (873rd)
by Billie Holiday
195915349,789 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total739117,149

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.

50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Gold Records - Volume 2
Compilation
United States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1959Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1959:25Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,599
Average Rating: 73/100 (15 votes)
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142.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1958:31Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,712
Average Rating: 74/100 (24 votes)
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143.

In A MellotoneUnited States Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1956:23Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,804
Average Rating: 73/100 (3 votes)
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144.

RickyUnited States Ricky Nelson
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:31Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,832
Average Rating: 69/100 (14 votes)
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145.

Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared Piano (Maro Ajemian)United States John Cage
Year of Release:1951Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1951:3Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,838
Average Rating: 69/100 (12 votes)
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146.

Voice Of The XtabayPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1950Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1950:5Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,847
Average Rating: 69/100 (8 votes)
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147.

The Amazing Nina SimoneUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,892
Average Rating: 70/100 (23 votes)
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148.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1953:6Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,895
Average Rating: 73/100 (5 votes)
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149.

The Best Of Little Walter
Compilation
United States Little Walter
Year of Release:1958Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1958:32Rank Score:107
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:8,077
Average Rating: 67/100 (15 votes)
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150.

Concert By The SeaUnited States Erroll Garner
Year of Release:1955Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1955:8Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:8,197
Average Rating: 73/100 (16 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 25 3%
1954 34 3%
1955 47 5%
1956 80 8%
1957 107 11%
1958 119 12%
1959 122 12%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 527 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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