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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 19,000 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.
1950251,961 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,160th)
by Benny Goodman
1951301,242 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,973rd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,250 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,915th)
by Various Artists
1953322,642 Black Coffee (2,565th)
by Peggy Lee
1954423,582 Sarah Vaughan (1,894th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955666,160 In The Wee Small Hours (512th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610618,520 Elvis Presley (403rd)
by Elvis Presley
195714120,825 Blue Train (526th)
by John Coltrane
195816917,731 Lady In Satin (842nd)
by Billie Holiday
195916653,921 Kind Of Blue (40th)
by Miles Davis
Total809129,833

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, Thelonious Monk and Little Richard.
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RankAlbumArtist
181.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:93
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,711
Average Rating:  74/100 (8 votes)
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182.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:33Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:9,880
Average Rating:  68/100 (19 votes)
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183.

A Star Is BornUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1954Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1954:12Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:9,883
Average Rating:  69/100 (12 votes)
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184.

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. HandyUnited States Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1954Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:9,902
Average Rating:  76/100 (24 votes)
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185.

Have Twangy Guitar Will TravelUnited States Duane Eddy
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:38Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:10,042
Average Rating:  67/100 (11 votes)
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186.

The Kingston TrioUnited States The Kingston Trio
Year of Release:1958Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:10,063
Average Rating:  70/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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187.

Lullabies Of BirdlandUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1955Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1955:10Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:10,064
Average Rating:  74/100 (15 votes)
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188.

Loving YouUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:36Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:10,107
Average Rating:  70/100 (24 votes)
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189.

Les And MaryUnited States Les Paul And Mary Ford
Year of Release:1955Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1955:11Rank Score:88
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:10,217
Average Rating:  71/100 (8 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:10,236
Average Rating:  74/100 (11 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 22 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 28 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 85 9%
1957 118 12%
1958 135 14%
1959 135 14%
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 565 85%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
France 15 2%
Canada 12 2%
Brazil 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Cuba 4 1%
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