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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 17,000 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.
1950261,852 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,159th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,177 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,281st)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,078 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,846th)
by Various Artists
1953302,613 Black Coffee (2,460th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,339 Sarah Vaughan (1,866th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955655,639 In The Wee Small Hours (525th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610117,843 Elvis Presley (401st)
by Elvis Presley
195713020,030 Blue Train (503rd)
by John Coltrane
195814815,506 Lady In Satin (852nd)
by Billie Holiday
195915652,893 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total756123,970

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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181.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:34Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,614
Average Rating:  68/100 (21 votes)
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182.

A Night At The Village VanguardUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:35Rank Score:90
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:9,669
Average Rating:  68/100 (10 votes)
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183.

Connie's Greatest Hits
Compilation
United States Connie Francis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1959:35Rank Score:90
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:9,671
Average Rating:  72/100 (5 votes)
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184.

Have Twangy Guitar Will TravelUnited States Duane Eddy
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:90
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:9,751
Average Rating:  68/100 (13 votes)
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185.

The Kingston TrioUnited States The Kingston Trio
Year of Release:1958Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:90
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:9,771
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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186.

That'll Be The DayUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:9,813
Average Rating:  69/100 (7 votes)
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187.

The Call Of The WildestUnited States Louis Prima
Year of Release:1957Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1957:36Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:9,857
Average Rating:  73/100 (4 votes)
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188.

Songs By Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1953Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1953:10Rank Score:88
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:9,889
Average Rating:  73/100 (7 votes)
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189.

N°3France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1954Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1954:13Rank Score:88
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:9,923
Average Rating:  72/100 (1 vote)
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190.

Rock And Rollin' With Fats DominoUnited States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1955Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1955:11Rank Score:87
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:10,068
Average Rating:  74/100 (11 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 23 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 109 11%
1958 121 12%
1959 128 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 546 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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