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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 26,000 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.
1950522,860 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,920th)
by Benny Goodman
1951581,950 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,085th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952694,585 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,258th)
by Various Artists
1953723,405 Black Coffee (2,356th)
by Peggy Lee
1954787,035 Chet Baker Sings (1,389th)
by Chet Baker
19551139,432 In The Wee Small Hours (434th)
by Frank Sinatra
195618326,305 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195724129,463 Blue Train (465th)
by John Coltrane
195826324,407 Lady In Satin (740th)
by Billie Holiday
195927579,563 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,404189,006

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
181.

Ritual Of The SavageUnited States Les Baxter
Year of Release:1951Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1951:5Rank Score:136
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:8,377
Average Rating:  72/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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182.

RickyUnited States Ricky Nelson
Year of Release:1957Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1957:37Rank Score:135
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:8,432
Average Rating:  70/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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183.

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1958:34Rank Score:135
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:8,455
Average Rating:  72/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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184.

Thelonious Monk TrioUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1954Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:133
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:8,524
Average Rating:  73/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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185.

Amalia À L'OlympiaPortugal Amália Rodrigues
Year of Release:1957Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1957:38Rank Score:133
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:8,529
Average Rating:  73/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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186.

Chante Les Chansons Poétiques no1France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:132
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:8,585
Average Rating:  67/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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187.

The Sermon!United States Jimmy Smith
Year of Release:1959Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1959:37Rank Score:130
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:8,666
Average Rating:  77/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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188.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:130
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:8,671
Average Rating:  77/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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189.

Lullabies Of BirdlandUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1955Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1955:10Rank Score:129
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:8,734
Average Rating:  74/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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190.

Songs Of Our SoilUnited States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1959Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1959:38Rank Score:127
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:8,864
Average Rating:  68/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 34 3%
1951 36 4%
1952 45 5%
1953 46 5%
1954 63 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 133 13%
1957 173 17%
1958 190 19%
1959 201 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 13 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 827 83%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 18 2%
United Kingdom 14 1%
Brazil 11 1%
Germany 7 1%
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