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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 23,000 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.
1950492,613 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,867th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,727 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,062nd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952673,897 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,112th)
by Various Artists
1953632,983 Black Coffee (2,438th)
by Peggy Lee
1954675,088 Sarah Vaughan (1,573rd)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955958,355 In The Wee Small Hours (422nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195614623,691 Elvis Presley (395th)
by Elvis Presley
195719022,355 Here's Little Richard (605th)
by Little Richard
195822225,316 Blue Train (477th)
by John Coltrane
195922969,493 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,184165,519

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

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1957Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1957:37Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:8,783
Average Rating:  77/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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182.

Les And MaryUnited States Les Paul And Mary Ford
Year of Release:1955Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1955:11Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:8,831
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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183.

B.G. In Hi-FiUnited States Benny Goodman
Year of Release:1954Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1954:12Rank Score:115
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:8,925
Average Rating:  73/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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184.

Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams SingsUnited States Count Basie / Joe Williams
Year of Release:1956Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1956:28Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:9,028
Average Rating:  76/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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185.

Songs Our Daddy Taught UsUnited States The Everly Brothers
Year of Release:1958Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:9,133
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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186.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1952:9Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:9,192
Average Rating:  75/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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187.

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:9,213
Average Rating:  72/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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188.

The New SoundUnited States Les Paul
Year of Release:1950Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:9,326
Average Rating:  71/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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189.

This Is How I Feel About JazzUnited States Quincy Jones
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:38Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:9,386
Average Rating:  77/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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190.

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. HandyUnited States Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1954Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:9,394
Average Rating:  78/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 42 4%
1951 47 5%
1952 59 6%
1953 47 5%
1954 59 6%
1955 80 8%
1956 120 12%
1957 161 16%
1958 187 19%
1959 198 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 812 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 28 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 17 2%
Brazil 15 2%
Germany 8 1%
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