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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.
1950512,713 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,868th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,762 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,019th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,023 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,153rd)
by Various Artists
1953633,045 Black Coffee (2,415th)
by Peggy Lee
1954715,145 Sarah Vaughan (1,599th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955998,382 In The Wee Small Hours (424th)
by Frank Sinatra
195615024,057 Elvis Presley (397th)
by Elvis Presley
195719627,328 Blue Train (449th)
by John Coltrane
195822321,463 Lady In Satin (790th)
by Billie Holiday
195923371,276 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,210169,194

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

The Fabulous WailersUnited States The Fabulous Wailers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:38Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,099
Average Rating:  73/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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182.

Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams SingsUnited States Count Basie / Joe Williams
Year of Release:1956Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1956:28Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:9,137
Average Rating:  76/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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183.

Charlie Parker With StringsUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1950Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:113
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:9,142
Average Rating:  74/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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184.

Songs Our Daddy Taught UsUnited States The Everly Brothers
Year of Release:1958Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:9,237
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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185.

The New SoundUnited States Les Paul
Year of Release:1950Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:9,293
Average Rating:  71/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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186.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1952:9Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:9,305
Average Rating:  75/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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187.

This Is How I Feel About JazzUnited States Quincy Jones
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:38Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:9,355
Average Rating:  77/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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188.

Ritual Of The SavageUnited States Les Baxter
Year of Release:1951Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1951:5Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:9,408
Average Rating:  72/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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189.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:9,440
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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190.

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. HandyUnited States Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1954Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1954:12Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:9,527
Average Rating:  78/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 42 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 59 6%
1953 46 5%
1954 62 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 122 12%
1957 163 16%
1958 184 18%
1959 198 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 2%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 812 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 28 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 21 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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