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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 16,000 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.
1950251,680 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,148th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,178 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,209th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952322,764 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,048th)
by Various Artists
1953272,219 Black Coffee (2,488th)
by Peggy Lee
1954383,114 Sarah Vaughan (1,867th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955625,329 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,182 Elvis Presley (399th)
by Elvis Presley
195712919,158 Blue Train (523rd)
by John Coltrane
195814614,735 Lady In Satin (873rd)
by Billie Holiday
195915349,789 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total739117,149

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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211.

Mr. BlueUnited States The Fleetwoods
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:42Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:12,759
Average Rating: 70/100 (12 votes)
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212.

Honky-Tonkin'
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United States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1957Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:12,768
Average Rating: 72/100 (8 votes)
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213.

Chante Les Chansons Poétiques no1France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1953:9Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:12,790
Average Rating: 71/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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214.

SolitudeUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1956:31Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:12,828
Average Rating: 75/100 (10 votes)
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215.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:12,880
Average Rating: 71/100 (8 votes)
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216.

Penthouse SerenadeUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:61
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:13,045
Average Rating: 75/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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217.

The CoastersUnited States The Coasters
Year of Release:1957Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1957:44Rank Score:60
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:13,101
Average Rating: 73/100 (6 votes)
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218.

I'm Jimmy ReedUnited States Jimmy Reed
Year of Release:1958Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1958:44Rank Score:59
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:13,295
Average Rating: 72/100 (8 votes)
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219.

Masterpieces By EllingtonUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1951Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1951:6Rank Score:59
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:13,302
Average Rating: 69/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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220.

The Music From Peter GunnUnited States Henry Mancini
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:43Rank Score:56
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:13,651
Average Rating: 72/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 25 3%
1954 34 3%
1955 47 5%
1956 80 8%
1957 107 11%
1958 119 12%
1959 122 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 15 2%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 527 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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