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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.
1950372,394 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,967th)
by Benny Goodman
1951411,518 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,219th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952373,653 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,082nd)
by Various Artists
1953392,766 Black Coffee (2,508th)
by Peggy Lee
1954564,635 Sarah Vaughan (1,746th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955897,584 In The Wee Small Hours (453rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195613622,314 Elvis Presley (400th)
by Elvis Presley
195718225,108 Blue Train (479th)
by John Coltrane
195820920,086 Lady In Satin (782nd)
by Billie Holiday
195921365,175 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,039155,234

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Charles Mingus, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Ornette Coleman Trio, Little Richard and Thelonious Monk.
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RankAlbumArtist
211.

A Date With ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1959Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1959:41Rank Score:87
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:11,376
Average Rating:  75/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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212.

Hit KitUnited States Sam Cooke
Year of Release:1959Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1959:42Rank Score:87
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:11,421
Average Rating:  76/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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213.

What A Difference A Day Makes!United States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:43Rank Score:87
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:11,426
Average Rating:  78/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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214.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:85
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:11,705
Average Rating:  75/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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215.

ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1957:42Rank Score:84
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:11,719
Average Rating:  75/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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216.

The SteamerUnited States The Stan Getz Quartet
Year of Release:1957Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:84
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:11,731
Average Rating:  75/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

Wanda JacksonUnited States Wanda Jackson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1958:40Rank Score:84
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:11,795
Average Rating:  73/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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218.

A Night At The Village VanguardUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1957:44Rank Score:83
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:11,915
Average Rating:  71/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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219.

Chris CraftUnited States Chris Connor
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:41Rank Score:83
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:11,938
Average Rating:  74/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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220.

West Side StoryUnited States The Original Broadway Cast
Year of Release:1957Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1957:45Rank Score:82
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:11,988
Average Rating:  75/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 33 3%
1952 32 3%
1953 31 3%
1954 50 5%
1955 71 7%
1956 113 11%
1957 153 15%
1958 172 17%
1959 178 18%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Various Artists 15 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 2%
Billie Holiday 12 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 708 82%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
France 22 3%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 18 2%
Brazil 14 2%
Germany 6 1%
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