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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 20,000 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.
1950342,063 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,289th)
by Benny Goodman
1951341,352 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,167th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,223 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,022nd)
by Various Artists
1953362,673 Black Coffee (2,605th)
by Peggy Lee
1954483,891 Sarah Vaughan (1,884th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955796,807 In The Wee Small Hours (471st)
by Frank Sinatra
195611520,013 Elvis Presley (409th)
by Elvis Presley
195716122,407 Blue Train (524th)
by John Coltrane
195818719,064 Lady In Satin (774th)
by Billie Holiday
195919358,469 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total920139,961

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

Loving YouUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1957:37Rank Score:95
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,930
Average Rating:  71/100 (27 votes)
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182.

The Kingston TrioUnited States The Kingston Trio
Year of Release:1958Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1958:34Rank Score:94
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:9,950
Average Rating:  72/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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183.

Plan 9 From Outer SpaceUnited States Frank Worth
Year of Release:1959Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1959:34Rank Score:94
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:10,015
Average Rating:  60/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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184.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1959:35Rank Score:93
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:10,112
Average Rating:  69/100 (22 votes)
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185.

Legend Of The Sun VirginPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1952Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:10,160
Average Rating:  74/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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186.

The Great Artistry Of Django ReinhardtBelgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1954Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:10,171
Average Rating:  74/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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187.

Rock And Rollin' With Fats DominoUnited States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1955Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1955:11Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:10,173
Average Rating:  76/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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188.

That'll Be The DayUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:10,206
Average Rating:  68/100 (8 votes)
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189.

Have Twangy Guitar Will TravelUnited States Duane Eddy
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:10,494
Average Rating:  68/100 (13 votes)
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190.

Les And MaryUnited States Les Paul And Mary Ford
Year of Release:1955Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1955:12Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:10,554
Average Rating:  73/100 (9 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 29 3%
1951 25 3%
1952 28 3%
1953 30 3%
1954 41 4%
1955 60 6%
1956 91 9%
1957 133 13%
1958 151 15%
1959 157 16%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 617 83%
Mixed Nationality 21 3%
France 21 3%
Canada 16 2%
Brazil 11 1%
United Kingdom 10 1%
Germany 6 1%
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