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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 18,000 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.
1950262,020 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,135th)
by Benny Goodman
1951301,182 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,358th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,172 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,871st)
by Various Artists
1953322,644 Black Coffee (2,495th)
by Peggy Lee
1954403,320 Sarah Vaughan (1,889th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955655,613 In The Wee Small Hours (528th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610217,795 Elvis Presley (403rd)
by Elvis Presley
195713620,154 Blue Train (516th)
by John Coltrane
195815415,573 Lady In Satin (834th)
by Billie Holiday
195916253,828 Kind Of Blue (42nd)
by Miles Davis
Total779125,301

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

A Star Is BornUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1954Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1954:11Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,729
Average Rating:  69/100 (14 votes)
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182.

Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared Piano (Maro Ajemian)United States John Cage
Year of Release:1951Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1951:4Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:9,746
Average Rating:  69/100 (13 votes)
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183.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1953:10Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:9,758
Average Rating:  72/100 (7 votes)
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184.

Thelonious Monk TrioUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1954Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1954:12Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:9,782
Average Rating:  71/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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185.

A Night At The Village VanguardUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:36Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:9,840
Average Rating:  68/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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186.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:36Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:9,860
Average Rating:  68/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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187.

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. HandyUnited States Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1954Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:9,875
Average Rating:  78/100 (22 votes)
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188.

Have Twangy Guitar Will TravelUnited States Duane Eddy
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:10,003
Average Rating:  68/100 (13 votes)
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189.

The Kingston TrioUnited States The Kingston Trio
Year of Release:1958Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:10,018
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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190.

That'll Be The DayUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:10,051
Average Rating:  69/100 (7 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 23 2%
1951 22 2%
1952 26 3%
1953 28 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 83 8%
1957 112 11%
1958 126 13%
1959 132 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 553 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
France 12 2%
Canada 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Cuba 4 1%
Germany 4 1%
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