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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 16,000 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.
1950251,672 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,202nd)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,187 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,144th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952322,777 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,041st)
by Various Artists
1953292,423 Black Coffee (2,474th)
by Peggy Lee
1954403,420 Sarah Vaughan (1,912th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955615,325 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,229 Elvis Presley (401st)
by Elvis Presley
195712919,116 Blue Train (521st)
by John Coltrane
195814514,563 Lady In Satin (865th)
by Billie Holiday
195915149,136 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total739116,848

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Charles Mingus, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Ornette Coleman Trio, Little Richard and Thelonious Monk.
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181.

Innovations In Modern MusicUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1950Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:86
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:10,002
Average Rating: 68/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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182.

Cool Struttin'United States Sonny Clark
Year of Release:1958Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:85
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:10,093
Average Rating: 75/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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183.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:9Rank Score:85
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:10,095
Average Rating: 70/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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184.

Songs To Grow On For Mother And ChildUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1956Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1956:29Rank Score:84
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:10,205
Average Rating: 64/100 (7 votes)
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185.

Lonely TeardropsUnited States Jackie Wilson
Year of Release:1959Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1959:34Rank Score:84
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:10,276
Average Rating: 70/100 (10 votes)
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186.

Lightnin' HopkinsUnited States Lightnin' Hopkins
Year of Release:1959Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1959:35Rank Score:84
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:10,307
Average Rating: 69/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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187.

The Hottest New Group In JazzMixed Nationality Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Year of Release:1959Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1959:36Rank Score:83
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:10,359
Average Rating: 71/100 (3 votes)
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188.

Chris CraftUnited States Chris Connor
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:38Rank Score:80
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:10,815
Average Rating: 71/100 (15 votes)
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189.

Back Country SuiteUnited States Mose Allison
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:35Rank Score:78
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:10,935
Average Rating: 72/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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190.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:77
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:11,120
Average Rating: 72/100 (8 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 29 3%
1953 27 3%
1954 36 4%
1955 47 5%
1956 82 8%
1957 107 11%
1958 118 12%
1959 122 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 15 2%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 533 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 13 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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