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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 15,000 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.
1950251,538 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,022nd)
by Benny Goodman
1951281,148 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,978th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,495 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,068th)
by Various Artists
1953282,332 Jazz At Massey Hall (2,306th)
by The Quintet
1954393,485 Sarah Vaughan (1,681st)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955604,786 In The Wee Small Hours (565th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569416,298 Elvis Presley (391st)
by Elvis Presley
195712218,105 Blue Train (517th)
by John Coltrane
195814113,483 Lady In Satin (870th)
by Billie Holiday
195914746,112 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total714109,783

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.

A Star Is BornUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1954Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1954:15Rank Score:79
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:10,490
Average Rating: 71/100 (12 votes)
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182.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:77
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:10,695
Average Rating: 72/100 (8 votes)
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183.

The Sermon!United States Jimmy Smith
Year of Release:1959Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1959:34Rank Score:75
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:10,930
Average Rating: 74/100 (11 votes)
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184.

Legend Of The Sun VirginPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1952Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1952:8Rank Score:73
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:11,153
Average Rating: 74/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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185.

Soul BrothersUnited States Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:73
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:11,173
Average Rating: 71/100 (7 votes)
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186.

Ritual Of The SavageUnited States Les Baxter
Year of Release:1951Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1951:5Rank Score:73
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:11,192
Average Rating: 68/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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187.

Nat King Cole Sings For Two In LoveUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1955Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1955:11Rank Score:72
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:11,284
Average Rating: 74/100 (12 votes)
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188.

Willie's BluesUnited States Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim
Year of Release:1959Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1959:35Rank Score:71
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:11,359
Average Rating: 74/100 (5 votes)
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189.

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1958:38Rank Score:71
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:11,400
Average Rating: 72/100 (8 votes)
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190.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1952:9Rank Score:70
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:11,444
Average Rating: 71/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 46 5%
1956 82 8%
1957 103 10%
1958 119 12%
1959 124 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 16 3%
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 526 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 4 1%
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