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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 14,000 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.
1950251,534 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,815th)
by Benny Goodman
1951281,066 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,172nd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,494 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,986th)
by Various Artists
1953272,070 Black Coffee (2,590th)
by Peggy Lee
1954383,087 Sarah Vaughan (1,988th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955544,400 In The Wee Small Hours (573rd)
by Frank Sinatra
19569014,766 Elvis Presley (405th)
by Elvis Presley
195711516,235 Blue Train (528th)
by John Coltrane
195813612,356 Lady In Satin (915th)
by Billie Holiday
195914343,156 Kind Of Blue (45th)
by Miles Davis
Total686101,163

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

A Star Is BornUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1954Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:11,243
Average Rating: 71/100 (11 votes)
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182.

Memorial AlbumUnited States Johnny Ace
Year of Release:1955Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1955:11Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:11,487
Average Rating: 76/100 (6 votes)
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183.

Hit KitUnited States Sam Cooke
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:35Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:11,545
Average Rating: 73/100 (8 votes)
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184.

Benny Rides Again United States Benny Goodman
Year of Release:1958Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:11,553
Average Rating: 65/100 (8 votes)
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185.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:9Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:11,579
Average Rating: 72/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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186.

The Sermon!United States Jimmy Smith
Year of Release:1959Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1959:36Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:11,673
Average Rating: 74/100 (11 votes)
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187.

Norwegian Folk SongsNorway Pelle Joner
Year of Release:1958Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:11,682
Average Rating: 71/100 (7 votes)
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188.

Mr. BlueUnited States The Fleetwoods
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:37Rank Score:64
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:11,776
Average Rating: 70/100 (11 votes)
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189.

The Amazing Bud Powell: Volume 2United States Bud Powell
Year of Release:1954Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1954:14Rank Score:64
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:11,788
Average Rating: 71/100 (6 votes)
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190.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:11,817
Average Rating: 72/100 (8 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 24 2%
1954 35 4%
1955 44 4%
1956 78 8%
1957 97 10%
1958 115 12%
1959 122 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 16 3%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Billie Holiday 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 509 87%
Mixed Nationality 15 3%
Canada 14 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 3 1%
Haiti 3 1%
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