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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 18,000 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.
1950261,945 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,180th)
by Benny Goodman
1951301,189 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,058th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,216 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,921st)
by Various Artists
1953322,655 Black Coffee (2,515th)
by Peggy Lee
1954413,538 Sarah Vaughan (1,897th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955665,944 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610318,335 Elvis Presley (410th)
by Elvis Presley
195713720,660 Blue Train (503rd)
by John Coltrane
195815717,348 Lady In Satin (836th)
by Billie Holiday
195916654,545 Kind Of Blue (40th)
by Miles Davis
Total790129,376

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

American Folk SongsUnited States Jo Stafford
Year of Release:1950Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:93
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,713
Average Rating:  69/100 (6 votes)
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182.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:93
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:9,716
Average Rating:  73/100 (10 votes)
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183.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1953:10Rank Score:93
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:9,718
Average Rating:  72/100 (7 votes)
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184.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:35Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:9,889
Average Rating:  68/100 (21 votes)
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185.

A Star Is BornUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1954Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1954:12Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:9,892
Average Rating:  69/100 (14 votes)
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186.

Have Twangy Guitar Will TravelUnited States Duane Eddy
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:10,068
Average Rating:  68/100 (13 votes)
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187.

Les And MaryUnited States Les Paul And Mary Ford
Year of Release:1955Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1955:10Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:10,072
Average Rating:  71/100 (8 votes)
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188.

The Kingston TrioUnited States The Kingston Trio
Year of Release:1958Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:10,086
Average Rating:  70/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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189.

Loving YouUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:36Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:10,115
Average Rating:  70/100 (26 votes)
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190.

Let The Good Times RollUnited States Shirley & Lee
Year of Release:1956Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1956:29Rank Score:88
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:10,200
Average Rating:  72/100 (5 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 22 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 28 3%
1954 36 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 83 8%
1957 115 12%
1958 127 13%
1959 136 14%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 15 2%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 556 86%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
France 14 2%
Canada 11 2%
Brazil 7 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Cuba 4 1%
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