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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 19,000 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.
1950292,017 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,200th)
by Benny Goodman
1951311,272 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,981st)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,268 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,980th)
by Various Artists
1953342,670 Black Coffee (2,636th)
by Peggy Lee
1954473,839 Sarah Vaughan (1,916th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955706,454 In The Wee Small Hours (488th)
by Frank Sinatra
195611119,427 Elvis Presley (418th)
by Elvis Presley
195714921,680 Blue Train (522nd)
by John Coltrane
195817518,690 Lady In Satin (829th)
by Billie Holiday
195918256,987 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total861136,304

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

John Cage: Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared PianoUnited States Maro Ajemian
Year of Release:1951Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1951:3Rank Score:95
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,746
Average Rating:  70/100 (12 votes)
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182.

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. HandyUnited States Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1954Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1954:12Rank Score:94
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:9,836
Average Rating:  77/100 (25 votes)
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183.

Igor Stravinsky: Rite Of SpringUkraine Igor Markevitch / Vienna Philharmonic
Year of Release:1952Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1952:9Rank Score:94
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:9,840
Average Rating:  72/100 (8 votes)
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184.

Plan 9 From Outer SpaceUnited States Frank Worth
Year of Release:1959Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1959:34Rank Score:94
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:9,882
Average Rating:  58/100 (16 votes)
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185.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1958:38Rank Score:93
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:9,968
Average Rating:  73/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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186.

Legend Of The Sun VirginPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1952Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:10,023
Average Rating:  73/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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187.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1959:35Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:10,134
Average Rating:  68/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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188.

A Star Is BornUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1954Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:10,146
Average Rating:  70/100 (14 votes)
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189.

Have Twangy Guitar Will TravelUnited States Duane Eddy
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:10,324
Average Rating:  66/100 (12 votes)
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190.

The Kingston TrioUnited States The Kingston Trio
Year of Release:1958Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1958:40Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:10,344
Average Rating:  70/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 25 3%
1951 23 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 30 3%
1954 40 4%
1955 54 5%
1956 88 9%
1957 123 12%
1958 142 14%
1959 150 15%
Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 15 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 592 84%
France 21 3%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Canada 14 2%
United Kingdom 9 1%
Brazil 9 1%
Cuba 5 1%
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