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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 15,000 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.
1950251,538 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,014th)
by Benny Goodman
1951281,148 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,970th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,495 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,060th)
by Various Artists
1953282,334 Jazz At Massey Hall (2,301st)
by The Quintet
1954393,400 Sarah Vaughan (1,775th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955594,710 In The Wee Small Hours (565th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569416,057 Elvis Presley (390th)
by Elvis Presley
195712218,115 Blue Train (514th)
by John Coltrane
195814113,330 Lady In Satin (894th)
by Billie Holiday
195914745,790 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total713108,916

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.

Greatest!United States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1959Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1959:42Rank Score:54
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:13,363
Average Rating: 73/100 (5 votes)
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211.

What A Difference A Day Makes!United States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1959Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1959:42Rank Score:54
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:13,363
Average Rating: 77/100 (12 votes)
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213.

Cool Struttin'United States Sonny Clark
Year of Release:1958Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1958:43Rank Score:54
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:13,428
Average Rating: 75/100 (9 votes)
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214.

Charlie Parker With StringsUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1950Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:53
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:13,463
Average Rating: 71/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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215.

SolitudeUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1956:29Rank Score:53
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:13,471
Average Rating: 76/100 (10 votes)
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216.

T-Bone BluesUnited States T-Bone Walker
Year of Release:1959Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1959:44Rank Score:53
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:13,498
Average Rating: 73/100 (3 votes)
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217.

At Newport 1958United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:44Rank Score:52
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:13,621
Average Rating: 76/100 (11 votes)
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218.

Finger-Style GuitarUnited States Chet Atkins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1956:30Rank Score:52
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:13,699
Average Rating: 71/100 (11 votes)
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219.

Flamingo SerenadeUnited States The Flamingos
Year of Release:1959Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1959:45Rank Score:51
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:13,731
Average Rating: 74/100 (11 votes)
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220.

Yes IndeedUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1958Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1958:45Rank Score:51
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:13,773
Average Rating: 72/100 (6 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 45 5%
1956 82 8%
1957 103 10%
1958 119 12%
1959 124 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 16 3%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 525 86%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 4 1%
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