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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 16,000 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.
1950251,679 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,125th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,188 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,110th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,728 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,027th)
by Various Artists
1953282,404 Black Coffee (2,386th)
by Peggy Lee
1954403,529 Sarah Vaughan (1,875th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955605,095 In The Wee Small Hours (563rd)
by Frank Sinatra
19569717,188 Elvis Presley (395th)
by Elvis Presley
195712519,050 Blue Train (524th)
by John Coltrane
195814414,148 Lady In Satin (826th)
by Billie Holiday
195914948,169 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total727115,177

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

The Hottest New Group In JazzMixed Nationality Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Year of Release:1959Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1959:35Rank Score:87
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,796
Average Rating: 72/100 (3 votes)
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182.

Lonely TeardropsUnited States Jackie Wilson
Year of Release:1959Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1959:36Rank Score:86
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:9,856
Average Rating: 71/100 (10 votes)
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183.

MoondogUnited States Moondog
Year of Release:1956Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1956:28Rank Score:86
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:9,905
Average Rating: 70/100 (11 votes)
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184.

Songs To Grow On For Mother And ChildUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1956Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1956:29Rank Score:84
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:10,049
Average Rating: 64/100 (7 votes)
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185.

Back Country SuiteUnited States Mose Allison
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:35Rank Score:82
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:10,407
Average Rating: 73/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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186.

Innovations In Modern MusicUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1950Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:81
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:10,450
Average Rating: 68/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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187.

Chris CraftUnited States Chris Connor
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:79
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:10,674
Average Rating: 71/100 (15 votes)
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188.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:9Rank Score:77
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:10,919
Average Rating: 71/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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189.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:77
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:10,970
Average Rating: 72/100 (8 votes)
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190.

That'll Be The DayUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1958:38Rank Score:77
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:10,976
Average Rating: 70/100 (5 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 47 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 105 11%
1958 123 12%
1959 126 13%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 16 3%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 537 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 4 1%
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