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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 23,000 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.
1950502,608 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,886th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,732 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,063rd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952683,918 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,122nd)
by Various Artists
1953633,003 Black Coffee (2,459th)
by Peggy Lee
1954685,017 Sarah Vaughan (1,628th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955988,251 In The Wee Small Hours (429th)
by Frank Sinatra
195615023,433 Elvis Presley (404th)
by Elvis Presley
195719222,290 Here's Little Richard (623rd)
by Little Richard
195822524,812 Blue Train (484th)
by John Coltrane
195923369,779 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,203164,842

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.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1952:9Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,242
Average Rating:  75/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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182.

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:9,266
Average Rating:  72/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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183.

This Is How I Feel About JazzUnited States Quincy Jones
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:37Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:9,288
Average Rating:  77/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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184.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:9,375
Average Rating:  73/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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185.

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. HandyUnited States Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1954Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1954:12Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:9,463
Average Rating:  78/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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186.

The Sermon!United States Jimmy Smith
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:37Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:9,484
Average Rating:  77/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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187.

Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will TravelUnited States Duane Eddy
Year of Release:1958Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:106
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:9,610
Average Rating:  66/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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188.

The Great Artistry Of Django ReinhardtBelgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1954Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:9,696
Average Rating:  73/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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189.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1959:38Rank Score:104
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:9,759
Average Rating:  69/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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190.

The Astaire StoryUnited States Fred Astaire
Year of Release:1953Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1953:9Rank Score:104
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:9,801
Average Rating:  70/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 43 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 58 6%
1953 47 5%
1954 60 6%
1955 78 8%
1956 122 12%
1957 161 16%
1958 186 19%
1959 199 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 814 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 28 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 18 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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