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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 18,000 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.
1950261,945 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,165th)
by Benny Goodman
1951301,263 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,041st)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,212 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,909th)
by Various Artists
1953322,655 Black Coffee (2,525th)
by Peggy Lee
1954413,541 Sarah Vaughan (1,889th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955665,944 In The Wee Small Hours (526th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610318,302 Elvis Presley (407th)
by Elvis Presley
195713720,644 Blue Train (503rd)
by John Coltrane
195815516,066 Lady In Satin (834th)
by Billie Holiday
195916455,704 Kind Of Blue (40th)
by Miles Davis
Total786129,277

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman Trio, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk and Little Richard.
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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:18 charts
Rank in 1959:25Rank Score:134
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,130
Average Rating:  70/100 (19 votes)
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142.

Singin' The BluesUnited States B.B. King
Year of Release:1956Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1956:23Rank Score:132
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,194
Average Rating:  73/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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143.

The Fabulous Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:132
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,244
Average Rating:  66/100 (16 votes)
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144.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1958:30Rank Score:131
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,290
Average Rating:  74/100 (27 votes)
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145.

Way Out WestUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:127
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,457
Average Rating:  74/100 (20 votes)
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146.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1953:6Rank Score:126
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,470
Average Rating:  69/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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147.

Cool Struttin'United States Sonny Clark
Year of Release:1958Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1958:31Rank Score:120
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,713
Average Rating:  74/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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148.

Songs Of IrelandIreland Mary O'Hara
Year of Release:1958Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1958:32Rank Score:120
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,721
Average Rating:  77/100 (8 votes)
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149.

RickyUnited States Ricky Nelson
Year of Release:1957Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1957:31Rank Score:120
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,766
Average Rating:  70/100 (16 votes)
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150.

Innovations In Modern MusicUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1950Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1950:6Rank Score:119
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,779
Average Rating:  69/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 22 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 28 3%
1954 36 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 83 8%
1957 114 11%
1958 126 13%
1959 134 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 554 86%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
France 14 2%
Canada 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Brazil 6 1%
Cuba 4 1%
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