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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 24,000 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.
1950522,791 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,933rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,865 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,077th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,335 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,244th)
by Various Artists
1953693,289 Black Coffee (2,435th)
by Peggy Lee
1954756,808 Chet Baker Sings (1,374th)
by Chet Baker
19551078,592 In The Wee Small Hours (439th)
by Frank Sinatra
195617223,920 Elvis Presley (411th)
by Elvis Presley
195723528,355 Blue Train (463rd)
by John Coltrane
195824922,609 Lady In Satin (773rd)
by Billie Holiday
195926474,517 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,348177,080

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

Loving YouUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1957:37Rank Score:127
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:8,526
Average Rating:  70/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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182.

Songs Of Our SoilUnited States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1959Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1959:36Rank Score:123
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:8,767
Average Rating:  67/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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183.

The Amazing Nina SimoneUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1959:37Rank Score:122
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:8,816
Average Rating:  72/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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184.

Study In BrownUnited States Clifford Brown
Year of Release:1955Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1955:9Rank Score:120
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:8,914
Average Rating:  76/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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185.

Bird And DizUnited States Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie
Year of Release:1952Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1952:11Rank Score:120
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:8,924
Average Rating:  75/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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186.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:38Rank Score:119
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:9,019
Average Rating:  70/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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187.

The CoastersUnited States The Coasters
Year of Release:1957Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1957:38Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:9,079
Average Rating:  72/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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188.

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1958:34Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:9,085
Average Rating:  72/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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189.

Les And MaryUnited States Les Paul And Mary Ford
Year of Release:1955Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1955:10Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:9,126
Average Rating:  72/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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190.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers And Hart SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1956:27Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:9,325
Average Rating:  78/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 39 4%
1951 41 4%
1952 55 6%
1953 46 5%
1954 61 6%
1955 82 8%
1956 123 12%
1957 167 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 202 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 27 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 805 81%
Mixed Nationality 47 5%
France 29 3%
Canada 22 2%
United Kingdom 19 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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