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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 23,000 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.
1950512,718 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,862nd)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,781 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,008th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,215 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,127th)
by Various Artists
1953663,068 Black Coffee (2,437th)
by Peggy Lee
1954715,286 Sarah Vaughan (1,567th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955998,294 In The Wee Small Hours (435th)
by Frank Sinatra
195615024,519 Elvis Presley (398th)
by Elvis Presley
195719727,474 Blue Train (450th)
by John Coltrane
195822721,646 Lady In Satin (776th)
by Billie Holiday
195923872,277 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,224171,279

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 Thelonious Monk.
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RankAlbumArtist
181.

Odetta Sings Ballads And BluesUnited States Odetta
Year of Release:1956Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1956:27Rank Score:120
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:8,812
Average Rating:  77/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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182.

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1958:34Rank Score:118
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:8,907
Average Rating:  72/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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183.

Les And MaryUnited States Les Paul And Mary Ford
Year of Release:1955Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1955:9Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:8,975
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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184.

The Fabulous WailersUnited States The Fabulous Wailers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:39Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:9,147
Average Rating:  73/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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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:9,184
Average Rating:  76/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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186.

Songs Our Daddy Taught UsUnited States The Everly Brothers
Year of Release:1958Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:9,276
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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187.

The New SoundUnited States Les Paul
Year of Release:1950Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:9,341
Average Rating:  71/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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188.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:9,348
Average Rating:  75/100 (16 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 1959:40Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:9,370
Average Rating:  69/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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190.

This Is How I Feel About JazzUnited States Quincy Jones
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:38Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:9,384
Average Rating:  75/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 41 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 60 6%
1953 48 5%
1954 62 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 121 12%
1957 163 16%
1958 182 18%
1959 198 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 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 813 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 27 3%
Canada 21 2%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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