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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.
1950522,744 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,872nd)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,825 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,033rd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,260 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,143rd)
by Various Artists
1953663,149 Black Coffee (2,463rd)
by Peggy Lee
1954745,346 Sarah Vaughan (1,583rd)
by Sarah Vaughan
19551038,395 In The Wee Small Hours (441st)
by Frank Sinatra
195616824,730 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195723127,856 Blue Train (448th)
by John Coltrane
195824621,902 Lady In Satin (778th)
by Billie Holiday
195925873,467 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,323173,673

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.

Down And Out BluesUnited States Sonny Boy Williamson
Year of Release:1959Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1959:37Rank Score:120
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:8,884
Average Rating:  69/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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182.

Odetta Sings Ballads And BluesUnited States Odetta
Year of Release:1956Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1956:27Rank Score:120
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:8,911
Average Rating:  77/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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183.

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1958:34Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:9,034
Average Rating:  72/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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184.

Les And MaryUnited States Les Paul And Mary Ford
Year of Release:1955Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1955:9Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:9,074
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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185.

Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams SingsUnited States Count Basie / Joe Williams
Year of Release:1956Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1956:28Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:9,270
Average Rating:  76/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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186.

Ritual Of The SavageUnited States Les Baxter
Year of Release:1951Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1951:5Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:9,351
Average Rating:  72/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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187.

This Is How I Feel About JazzUnited States Quincy Jones
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:38Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:9,414
Average Rating:  75/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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188.

The New SoundUnited States Les Paul
Year of Release:1950Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:9,440
Average Rating:  71/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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189.

Nina Simone at Town HallUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1959:38Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:9,497
Average Rating:  69/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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190.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1953:9Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:9,526
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 38 4%
1951 43 4%
1952 56 6%
1953 47 5%
1954 61 6%
1955 82 8%
1956 122 12%
1957 166 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 201 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 29 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 804 80%
Mixed Nationality 49 5%
France 28 3%
Canada 21 2%
United Kingdom 19 2%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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