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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 19,000 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.
1950292,017 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,207th)
by Benny Goodman
1951311,272 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,988th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,267 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,987th)
by Various Artists
1953342,670 Black Coffee (2,646th)
by Peggy Lee
1954473,838 Sarah Vaughan (1,913th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955726,487 In The Wee Small Hours (484th)
by Frank Sinatra
195611319,484 Elvis Presley (413th)
by Elvis Presley
195714921,614 Blue Train (530th)
by John Coltrane
195817618,729 Lady In Satin (822nd)
by Billie Holiday
195918357,202 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total867136,580

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.

Singin' The BluesUnited States B.B. King
Year of Release:1956Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1956:23Rank Score:136
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,218
Average Rating:  72/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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142.

CalypsoUnited States Harry Belafonte
Year of Release:1956Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1956:24Rank Score:135
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,268
Average Rating:  74/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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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 1959:24Rank Score:134
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,326
Average Rating:  71/100 (20 votes)
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144.

The Fabulous Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:25Rank Score:131
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,418
Average Rating:  65/100 (14 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:7,458
Average Rating:  71/100 (13 votes)
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146.

Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du PrintempsUnited States Leonard Bernstein / New York Philharmonic
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:31Rank Score:130
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,468
Average Rating:  70/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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147.

Lonely TeardropsUnited States Jackie Wilson
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:130
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,472
Average Rating:  71/100 (10 votes)
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148.

Lightnin' HopkinsUnited States Lightnin' Hopkins
Year of Release:1959Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:127
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,591
Average Rating:  69/100 (13 votes)
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149.

No One CaresUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1959:28Rank Score:127
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,611
Average Rating:  75/100 (13 votes)
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150.

Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben WebsterUnited States Coleman Hawkins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:121
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,875
Average Rating:  71/100 (18 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 25 3%
1951 23 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 30 3%
1954 40 4%
1955 54 5%
1956 88 9%
1957 123 12%
1958 143 14%
1959 150 15%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 592 84%
France 21 3%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 14 2%
United Kingdom 9 1%
Brazil 9 1%
Cuba 5 1%
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