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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 14,000 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.
1950251,534 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,816th)
by Benny Goodman
1951281,066 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,169th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,496 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,987th)
by Various Artists
1953272,069 Black Coffee (2,592nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954383,087 Sarah Vaughan (1,990th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955544,454 In The Wee Small Hours (562nd)
by Frank Sinatra
19569014,775 Elvis Presley (408th)
by Elvis Presley
195711516,178 Blue Train (528th)
by John Coltrane
195813612,305 Lady In Satin (919th)
by Billie Holiday
195914343,001 Kind Of Blue (45th)
by Miles Davis
Total686100,964

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

Yes IndeedUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1958Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1958:43Rank Score:51
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:13,297
Average Rating: 73/100 (6 votes)
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212.

Nat King Cole Sings For Two In LoveUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1955Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1955:12Rank Score:49
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:13,569
Average Rating: 73/100 (10 votes)
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213.

Chansons Possibles Et ImpossiblesFrance Boris Vian
Year of Release:1956Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1956:31Rank Score:49
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:13,597
Average Rating: 77/100 (6 votes)
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214.

Legrand JazzFrance Michel Legrand
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:44Rank Score:47
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:13,763
Average Rating: 72/100 (8 votes)
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215.

The Music From Peter GunnUnited States Henry Mancini
Year of Release:1959Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1959:41Rank Score:47
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:13,784
Average Rating: 73/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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216.

Looking Ahead!United States Cecil Taylor Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1959:42Rank Score:46
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:13,905
Average Rating: 69/100 (13 votes)
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217.

Thelonious Alone In San FranciscoUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1958Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1958:45Rank Score:45
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:13,995
Average Rating: 69/100 (12 votes)
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218.

Elvis' Christmas AlbumUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1957:41Rank Score:45
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:14,083
Average Rating: 74/100 (12 votes)
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219.

Ricky NelsonUnited States Ricky Nelson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:46Rank Score:44
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:14,120
Average Rating: 72/100 (6 votes)
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220.

Charlie Parker With StringsUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1950Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:44
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:14,193
Average Rating: 71/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 24 2%
1954 35 4%
1955 44 4%
1956 78 8%
1957 97 10%
1958 115 12%
1959 122 12%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 509 87%
Mixed Nationality 15 3%
Canada 14 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 3 1%
Cuba 3 1%
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