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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 14,000 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.
1950251,534 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,817th)
by Benny Goodman
1951281,066 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,170th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,494 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,986th)
by Various Artists
1953272,070 Black Coffee (2,592nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954383,087 Sarah Vaughan (1,989th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955544,455 In The Wee Small Hours (563rd)
by Frank Sinatra
19569014,785 Elvis Presley (405th)
by Elvis Presley
195711516,179 Blue Train (528th)
by John Coltrane
195813612,307 Lady In Satin (918th)
by Billie Holiday
195914342,983 Kind Of Blue (45th)
by Miles Davis
Total686100,959

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

Please Please PleaseUnited States James Brown
Year of Release:1959Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1959:25Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:7,799
Average Rating: 74/100 (13 votes)
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142.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:7,806
Average Rating: 74/100 (4 votes)
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143.

Club Session With ColyerUnited Kingdom Ken Colyer
Year of Release:1956Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1956:25Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:7,830
Average Rating: 71/100 (2 votes)
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144.

Porgy & Bess United States Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1957Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1957:29Rank Score:97
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:8,169
Average Rating: 77/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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145.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1958:26Rank Score:96
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:8,234
Average Rating: 74/100 (19 votes)
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146.

Al Haig Trio (Esoteric)United States Al Haig Trio
Year of Release:1954Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1954:11Rank Score:96
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:8,249
Average Rating: 73/100 (7 votes)
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147.

Come Dance With Me!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:95
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:8,270
Average Rating: 70/100 (16 votes)
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148.

Voice Of The XtabayPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1950Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1950:5Rank Score:95
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:8,339
Average Rating: 68/100 (7 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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149.

Study In BrownUnited States Clifford Brown
Year of Release:1955Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1955:7Rank Score:95
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:8,360
Average Rating: 73/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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150.

At Home With Screamin' Jay HawkinsUnited States Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Year of Release:1958Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1958:27Rank Score:94
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:8,420
Average Rating: 75/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 24 2%
1954 35 4%
1955 44 4%
1956 78 8%
1957 97 10%
1958 115 12%
1959 122 12%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 509 87%
Mixed Nationality 15 3%
Canada 14 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Brazil 3 1%
Mexico 3 1%
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