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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.
1950251,677 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,119th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,247 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,105th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,707 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,034th)
by Various Artists
1953282,376 Black Coffee (2,374th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,548 Sarah Vaughan (1,863rd)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955605,029 In The Wee Small Hours (565th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569716,879 Elvis Presley (393rd)
by Elvis Presley
195712518,736 Blue Train (530th)
by John Coltrane
195814213,861 Lady In Satin (847th)
by Billie Holiday
195914947,329 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total724113,390

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Charles Mingus, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Little Richard, Ornette Coleman Trio 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:15 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,611
Average Rating: 73/100 (15 votes)
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142.

RickyUnited States Ricky Nelson
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:113
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,657
Average Rating: 69/100 (14 votes)
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143.

Voice Of The XtabayPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1950Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1950:5Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,699
Average Rating: 69/100 (8 votes)
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144.

At Home With Screamin' Jay HawkinsUnited States Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Year of Release:1958Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1958:26Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,717
Average Rating: 74/100 (11 votes)
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145.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1953:7Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,764
Average Rating: 74/100 (5 votes)
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146.

Gene Vincent & The Blue CapsUnited States Gene Vincent
Year of Release:1957Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1957:31Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,784
Average Rating: 74/100 (12 votes)
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147.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1958:27Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,825
Average Rating: 74/100 (21 votes)
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148.

In A MellotoneUnited States Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1956:23Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,837
Average Rating: 74/100 (3 votes)
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149.

Dance ManiaUnited States Tito Puente
Year of Release:1958Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1958:28Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,840
Average Rating: 77/100 (22 votes)
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150.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1959:28Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,878
Average Rating: 69/100 (21 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 84 8%
1957 105 11%
1958 122 12%
1959 125 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 535 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 4 1%
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