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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 17,000 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.
1950251,678 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,194th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,177 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,245th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952322,910 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,058th)
by Various Artists
1953302,464 Black Coffee (2,468th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,194 Sarah Vaughan (1,888th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955635,421 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,356 Elvis Presley (409th)
by Elvis Presley
195712919,477 Blue Train (506th)
by John Coltrane
195814614,955 Lady In Satin (867th)
by Billie Holiday
195915551,364 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total746119,996

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

Canções PraieirasBrazil Dorival Caymmi
Year of Release:1954Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1954:9Rank Score:123
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,401
Average Rating:  75/100 (12 votes)
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142.

CalypsoUnited States Harry Belafonte
Year of Release:1956Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1956:22Rank Score:123
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,416
Average Rating:  72/100 (27 votes)
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143.

Way Out WestUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:121
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,457
Average Rating:  75/100 (19 votes)
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144.

Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben WebsterUnited States Coleman Hawkins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:31Rank Score:119
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,563
Average Rating:  70/100 (21 votes)
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145.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1953:6Rank Score:118
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,601
Average Rating:  69/100 (14 votes)
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146.

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:31Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,649
Average Rating:  73/100 (10 votes)
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147.

RickyUnited States Ricky Nelson
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:32Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,660
Average Rating:  70/100 (16 votes)
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148.

The Amazing Nina SimoneUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,886
Average Rating:  70/100 (25 votes)
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149.

In A MellotoneUnited States Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1956:23Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,890
Average Rating:  74/100 (4 votes)
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150.

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 1950s150Overall Rank:7,943
Average Rating:  69/100 (13 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 50 5%
1956 80 8%
1957 106 11%
1958 119 12%
1959 126 13%
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 533 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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