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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 22,000 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.
1950372,397 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,968th)
by Benny Goodman
1951411,530 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,209th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952373,707 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,073rd)
by Various Artists
1953392,773 Black Coffee (2,512th)
by Peggy Lee
1954564,678 Sarah Vaughan (1,748th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955897,704 In The Wee Small Hours (445th)
by Frank Sinatra
195613722,398 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195718725,333 Blue Train (482nd)
by John Coltrane
195820920,272 Lady In Satin (758th)
by Billie Holiday
195921365,903 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,045156,694

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

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:9,193
Average Rating:  75/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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182.

Odetta Sings Ballads And BluesUnited States Odetta
Year of Release:1956Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1956:30Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:9,214
Average Rating:  77/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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183.

Lullabies Of BirdlandUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1955Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1955:10Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:9,241
Average Rating:  75/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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184.

New York, N.Y.United States George Russell
Year of Release:1959Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1959:34Rank Score:107
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:9,389
Average Rating:  76/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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185.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1953:9Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:9,501
Average Rating:  73/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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186.

John Cage: Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared PianoUnited States Maro Ajemian
Year of Release:1951Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1951:4Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:9,526
Average Rating:  71/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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187.

Club Session With ColyerUnited Kingdom Ken Colyer
Year of Release:1956Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1956:31Rank Score:103
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:9,623
Average Rating:  69/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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188.

This Is How I Feel About JazzUnited States Quincy Jones
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:38Rank Score:102
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:9,754
Average Rating:  76/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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189.

The Astaire StoryUnited States Fred Astaire
Year of Release:1953Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1953:10Rank Score:101
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:9,855
Average Rating:  69/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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190.

Have Twangy Guitar Will TravelUnited States Duane Eddy
Year of Release:1958Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:9,979
Average Rating:  68/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 33 3%
1952 33 3%
1953 33 3%
1954 50 5%
1955 72 7%
1956 115 12%
1957 162 16%
1958 173 17%
1959 179 18%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Billie Holiday 12 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 717 81%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
France 24 3%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 18 2%
Brazil 14 2%
Germany 6 1%
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