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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 17,000 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.
1950251,752 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,209th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,177 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,257th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952322,910 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,058th)
by Various Artists
1953302,465 Black Coffee (2,470th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,287 Sarah Vaughan (1,888th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955645,421 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,359 Elvis Presley (409th)
by Elvis Presley
195712919,510 Blue Train (505th)
by John Coltrane
195814614,979 Lady In Satin (866th)
by Billie Holiday
195915551,416 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total747120,277

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

N°3France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1954Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1954:12Rank Score:88
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,959
Average Rating:  72/100 (1 vote)
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182.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:87
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:10,077
Average Rating:  72/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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183.

Rock And Rollin' With Fats DominoUnited States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1955Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1955:10Rank Score:87
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:10,105
Average Rating:  74/100 (11 votes)
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184.

MoondogUnited States Moondog
Year of Release:1956Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1956:28Rank Score:86
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:10,138
Average Rating:  71/100 (12 votes)
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185.

Innovations In Modern MusicUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1950Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:86
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:10,222
Average Rating:  69/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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186.

Loving YouUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:35Rank Score:85
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:10,267
Average Rating:  70/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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187.

Back Country SuiteUnited States Mose Allison
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:36Rank Score:85
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:10,347
Average Rating:  72/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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188.

The Great Artistry Of Django ReinhardtBelgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1954Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:83
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:10,474
Average Rating:  73/100 (8 votes)
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189.

Lonely TeardropsUnited States Jackie Wilson
Year of Release:1959Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1959:35Rank Score:83
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:10,558
Average Rating:  71/100 (11 votes)
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190.

Chris CraftUnited States Chris Connor
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:79
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:11,006
Average Rating:  72/100 (16 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 50 5%
1956 80 8%
1957 106 11%
1958 119 12%
1959 126 13%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 15 2%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 533 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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