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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 16,000 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.
1950251,571 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,095th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,143 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,081st)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,577 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,068th)
by Various Artists
1953282,298 Black Coffee (2,446th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,402 Sarah Vaughan (1,875th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955604,936 In The Wee Small Hours (558th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569716,625 Elvis Presley (395th)
by Elvis Presley
195712518,403 Blue Train (533rd)
by John Coltrane
195814213,692 Lady In Satin (859th)
by Billie Holiday
195915047,187 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total725111,834

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

The Fabulous WailersUnited States The Fabulous Wailers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1959:35Rank Score:80
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:10,574
Average Rating: 77/100 (4 votes)
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182.

Innovations In Modern MusicUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1950Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:79
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:10,620
Average Rating: 69/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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183.

Chris CraftUnited States Chris Connor
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:79
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:10,646
Average Rating: 71/100 (15 votes)
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184.

A Star Is BornUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1954Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1954:14Rank Score:79
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:10,678
Average Rating: 71/100 (12 votes)
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185.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:35Rank Score:78
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:10,691
Average Rating: 77/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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186.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:77
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:10,880
Average Rating: 72/100 (8 votes)
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187.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:8Rank Score:76
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:10,907
Average Rating: 71/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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188.

The Sermon!United States Jimmy Smith
Year of Release:1959Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1959:36Rank Score:75
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:11,051
Average Rating: 74/100 (11 votes)
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189.

Legend Of The Sun VirginPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1952Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1952:9Rank Score:73
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:11,355
Average Rating: 74/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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190.

Soul BrothersUnited States Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1958:38Rank Score:73
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:11,379
Average Rating: 71/100 (7 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 47 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 104 10%
1958 122 12%
1959 125 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 534 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 4 1%
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