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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 18,000 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.
1950261,945 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,181st)
by Benny Goodman
1951301,189 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,058th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,216 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,923rd)
by Various Artists
1953322,655 Black Coffee (2,517th)
by Peggy Lee
1954413,538 Sarah Vaughan (1,898th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955665,944 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610318,335 Elvis Presley (408th)
by Elvis Presley
195713720,660 Blue Train (502nd)
by John Coltrane
195815717,348 Lady In Satin (836th)
by Billie Holiday
195916654,545 Kind Of Blue (40th)
by Miles Davis
Total790129,376

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

Webb PierceUnited States Webb Pierce
Year of Release:1955Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1955:14Rank Score:69
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:12,446
Average Rating:  73/100 (1 vote)
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212.

Elvis' Christmas AlbumUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:41Rank Score:69
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:12,456
Average Rating:  68/100 (19 votes)
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213.

Ella in Rome: The Birthday ConcertUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:42Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:12,514
Average Rating:  74/100 (11 votes)
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214.

What A Difference A Day Makes!United States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:38Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:12,516
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
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215.

Penthouse SerenadeUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1952Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1952:12Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:12,539
Average Rating:  75/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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216.

Johnny Cash Sings The Songs That Made Him FamousUnited States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1958Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1958:43Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:12,554
Average Rating:  69/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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217.

Bags GrooveUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1957:42Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:12,859
Average Rating:  71/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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218.

Memorial Album
Compilation
United States Johnny Ace
Year of Release:1955Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1955:15Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:12,869
Average Rating:  75/100 (7 votes)
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219.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1958:44Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:12,904
Average Rating:  77/100 (7 votes)
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220.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1950:9Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:12,967
Average Rating:  70/100 (9 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 22 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 28 3%
1954 36 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 83 8%
1957 115 12%
1958 127 13%
1959 136 14%
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 556 86%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
France 14 2%
Canada 11 2%
Brazil 7 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Cuba 4 1%
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