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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.
1950261,996 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,186th)
by Benny Goodman
1951311,268 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,992nd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,273 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,961st)
by Various Artists
1953332,655 Black Coffee (2,608th)
by Peggy Lee
1954463,713 Sarah Vaughan (1,901st)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955666,179 In The Wee Small Hours (520th)
by Frank Sinatra
195611019,059 Elvis Presley (407th)
by Elvis Presley
195714518,055 Here's Little Richard (648th)
by Little Richard
195817521,382 Blue Train (554th)
by John Coltrane
195918055,853 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total845133,432

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.

Legend Of The Sun VirginPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1952Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:93
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,889
Average Rating:  73/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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182.

American Folk SongsUnited States Jo Stafford
Year of Release:1950Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:93
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:9,891
Average Rating:  70/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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183.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1958:38Rank Score:93
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:9,893
Average Rating:  74/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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184.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1959:33Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:10,052
Average Rating:  68/100 (20 votes)
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185.

A Star Is BornUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1954Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:10,066
Average Rating:  70/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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186.

Have Twangy Guitar Will TravelUnited States Duane Eddy
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:10,247
Average Rating:  66/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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187.

The Kingston TrioUnited States The Kingston Trio
Year of Release:1958Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1958:40Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:10,270
Average Rating:  70/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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188.

Loving YouUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:35Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:10,322
Average Rating:  70/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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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:10,424
Average Rating:  71/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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190.

This Is How I Feel About JazzUnited States Quincy Jones
Year of Release:1957Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1957:36Rank Score:88
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:10,440
Average Rating:  73/100 (6 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 23 2%
1951 23 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 29 3%
1954 40 4%
1955 53 5%
1956 87 9%
1957 119 12%
1958 141 14%
1959 149 15%
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 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 583 84%
France 18 3%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Canada 14 2%
Brazil 9 1%
United Kingdom 9 1%
Cuba 5 1%
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