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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.
1950251,594 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,093rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,151 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,079th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,597 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,062nd)
by Various Artists
1953282,315 Black Coffee (2,433rd)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,432 Sarah Vaughan (1,874th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955604,969 In The Wee Small Hours (559th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569716,698 Elvis Presley (394th)
by Elvis Presley
195712518,497 Blue Train (536th)
by John Coltrane
195814213,710 Lady In Satin (859th)
by Billie Holiday
195915047,431 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total725112,395

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.

The Music From Peter GunnUnited States Henry Mancini
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:43Rank Score:60
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:12,780
Average Rating: 73/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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212.

Masterpieces By EllingtonUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1951Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1951:6Rank Score:59
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:12,957
Average Rating: 69/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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213.

Cool Struttin'United States Sonny Clark
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:43Rank Score:59
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:12,958
Average Rating: 75/100 (10 votes)
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214.

Love Is The ThingUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:42Rank Score:57
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:13,217
Average Rating: 77/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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215.

Lullabies Of BirdlandUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1955Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1955:13Rank Score:56
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:13,399
Average Rating: 75/100 (12 votes)
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216.

Elvis' Christmas AlbumUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:56
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:13,417
Average Rating: 72/100 (14 votes)
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217.

SolitudeUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1956:30Rank Score:56
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:13,420
Average Rating: 76/100 (10 votes)
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218.

Let The Good Times RollUnited States Shirley & Lee
Year of Release:1956Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1956:31Rank Score:55
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:13,422
Average Rating: 74/100 (4 votes)
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219.

What A Difference A Day Makes!United States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1959Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1959:44Rank Score:55
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:13,460
Average Rating: 77/100 (12 votes)
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220.

The CoastersUnited States The Coasters
Year of Release:1957Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1957:44Rank Score:55
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:13,514
Average Rating: 74/100 (5 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 47 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 105 11%
1958 122 12%
1959 125 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 535 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 4 1%
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