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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 25,000 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.
1950522,823 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,906th)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,914 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,047th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,433 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,201st)
by Various Artists
1953703,319 Black Coffee (2,311th)
by Peggy Lee
1954757,023 Chet Baker Sings (1,339th)
by Chet Baker
19551099,115 In The Wee Small Hours (437th)
by Frank Sinatra
195617825,086 Elvis Presley (405th)
by Elvis Presley
195723929,580 Blue Train (473rd)
by John Coltrane
195825223,850 Lady In Satin (729th)
by Billie Holiday
195927176,850 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,371183,992

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

Blue MoodsUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1955Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1955:12Rank Score:106
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:10,101
Average Rating:  70/100 (17 votes)
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212.

The Astaire StoryUnited States Fred Astaire
Year of Release:1953Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1953:10Rank Score:104
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:10,258
Average Rating:  69/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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213.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:103
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:10,363
Average Rating:  79/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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214.

What A Difference A Day Makes!United States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1959Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1959:44Rank Score:103
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:10,372
Average Rating:  77/100 (14 votes)
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215.

Club Session With ColyerUnited Kingdom Ken Colyer
Year of Release:1956Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1956:30Rank Score:102
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:10,417
Average Rating:  64/100 (7 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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216.

ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:102
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:10,478
Average Rating:  74/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

At The Pershing : But Not For MeUnited States Ahmad Jamal
Year of Release:1958Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1958:40Rank Score:101
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:10,483
Average Rating:  79/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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218.

Try Me!United States James Brown
Year of Release:1959Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1959:45Rank Score:101
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:10,490
Average Rating:  73/100 (14 votes)
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219.

Patsy ClineUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1957Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1957:44Rank Score:101
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:10,504
Average Rating:  76/100 (7 votes)
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Blues-etteUnited States Curtis Fuller
Year of Release:1959Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1959:46Rank Score:101
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:10,516
Average Rating:  77/100 (7 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 37 4%
1951 38 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 45 5%
1954 60 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 127 13%
1957 174 17%
1958 182 18%
1959 208 21%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 814 81%
Mixed Nationality 44 4%
France 28 3%
Canada 20 2%
United Kingdom 18 2%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 7 1%
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