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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 20,000 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.
1950342,061 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,280th)
by Benny Goodman
1951341,266 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,071st)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,307 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,005th)
by Various Artists
1953352,680 Black Coffee (2,570th)
by Peggy Lee
1954473,913 Sarah Vaughan (1,877th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955766,689 In The Wee Small Hours (473rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195611619,631 Elvis Presley (409th)
by Elvis Presley
195715621,861 Blue Train (526th)
by John Coltrane
195818418,731 Lady In Satin (782nd)
by Billie Holiday
195919158,199 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total906138,338

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

Plan 9 From Outer SpaceUnited States Frank Worth
Year of Release:1959Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1959:33Rank Score:94
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,952
Average Rating:  60/100 (17 votes)
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182.

Legend Of The Sun VirginPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1952Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1952:11Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:10,098
Average Rating:  74/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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183.

The Great Artistry Of Django ReinhardtBelgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1954Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:10,111
Average Rating:  74/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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184.

That'll Be The DayUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:10,114
Average Rating:  68/100 (8 votes)
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185.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1959:34Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:10,222
Average Rating:  69/100 (21 votes)
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186.

Loving YouUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1957:36Rank Score:90
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:10,373
Average Rating:  71/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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187.

Have Twangy Guitar Will TravelUnited States Duane Eddy
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:10,412
Average Rating:  68/100 (13 votes)
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188.

Les And MaryUnited States Les Paul And Mary Ford
Year of Release:1955Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1955:11Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:10,491
Average Rating:  72/100 (9 votes)
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189.

A Night At The Village VanguardUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:37Rank Score:88
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:10,595
Average Rating:  71/100 (13 votes)
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190.

Rock And Rollin' With Fats DominoUnited States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1955Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1955:12Rank Score:88
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:10,615
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 29 3%
1951 25 3%
1952 28 3%
1953 30 3%
1954 40 4%
1955 57 6%
1956 91 9%
1957 128 13%
1958 149 15%
1959 156 16%
Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 15 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 609 83%
France 21 3%
Mixed Nationality 19 3%
Canada 15 2%
Brazil 11 2%
United Kingdom 9 1%
Germany 6 1%
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