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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 20,000 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.
1950342,061 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,274th)
by Benny Goodman
1951341,266 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,067th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,307 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,005th)
by Various Artists
1953352,684 Black Coffee (2,550th)
by Peggy Lee
1954473,908 Sarah Vaughan (1,878th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955766,688 In The Wee Small Hours (473rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195611619,579 Elvis Presley (408th)
by Elvis Presley
195715621,806 Blue Train (525th)
by John Coltrane
195818418,773 Lady In Satin (783rd)
by Billie Holiday
195919158,078 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total906138,149

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

DjangoUnited States Modern Jazz Quartet
Year of Release:1956Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1956:25Rank Score:138
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,182
Average Rating:  74/100 (21 votes)
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142.

Gene Vincent & The Blue CapsUnited States Gene Vincent
Year of Release:1957Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1957:29Rank Score:137
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,241
Average Rating:  74/100 (14 votes)
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143.

50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Gold Records - Volume 2
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United States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1959Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1959:23Rank Score:134
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,363
Average Rating:  72/100 (21 votes)
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144.

The Fabulous Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:24Rank Score:131
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,457
Average Rating:  67/100 (15 votes)
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145.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1953:6Rank Score:131
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,499
Average Rating:  71/100 (13 votes)
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146.

Lightnin' HopkinsUnited States Lightnin' Hopkins
Year of Release:1959Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1959:25Rank Score:130
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,520
Average Rating:  71/100 (14 votes)
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147.

Lonely TeardropsUnited States Jackie Wilson
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:128
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,583
Average Rating:  73/100 (11 votes)
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148.

No One CaresUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:127
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,645
Average Rating:  77/100 (14 votes)
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149.

Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben WebsterUnited States Coleman Hawkins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:121
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,899
Average Rating:  73/100 (19 votes)
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150.

Concert By The SeaUnited States Erroll Garner
Year of Release:1955Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1955:8Rank Score:121
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,902
Average Rating:  75/100 (19 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 29 3%
1951 25 3%
1952 28 3%
1953 30 3%
1954 40 4%
1955 57 6%
1956 91 9%
1957 128 13%
1958 149 15%
1959 156 16%
Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 15 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 609 83%
France 21 3%
Mixed Nationality 19 3%
Canada 15 2%
Brazil 11 2%
United Kingdom 9 1%
Germany 6 1%
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