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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.
1950251,679 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,125th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,188 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,110th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,728 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,027th)
by Various Artists
1953282,404 Black Coffee (2,386th)
by Peggy Lee
1954403,529 Sarah Vaughan (1,875th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955605,095 In The Wee Small Hours (563rd)
by Frank Sinatra
19569717,188 Elvis Presley (395th)
by Elvis Presley
195712519,050 Blue Train (524th)
by John Coltrane
195814414,148 Lady In Satin (826th)
by Billie Holiday
195914948,169 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total727115,177

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

Norwegian Folk SongsNorway Pelle Joner
Year of Release:1958Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1958:42Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:12,358
Average Rating: 71/100 (7 votes)
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212.

Mr. BlueUnited States The Fleetwoods
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:43Rank Score:64
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:12,473
Average Rating: 70/100 (12 votes)
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213.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:64
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:12,478
Average Rating: 71/100 (8 votes)
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214.

Honky-Tonkin'
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United States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1957Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1957:42Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:12,494
Average Rating: 72/100 (8 votes)
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215.

SolitudeUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1956:30Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:12,530
Average Rating: 75/100 (10 votes)
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216.

1ère Série : Georges Brassens Chante Les Chansons Poétiques (...et Souvent Gaillardes) De... Georges BrassensFrance Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1953:9Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:12,553
Average Rating: 71/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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217.

Penthouse SerenadeUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:12,710
Average Rating: 75/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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218.

Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm SectionUnited States Art Pepper
Year of Release:1957Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:12,720
Average Rating: 74/100 (11 votes)
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219.

Songs By Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1953Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1953:10Rank Score:61
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:12,816
Average Rating: 73/100 (5 votes)
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220.

Let The Good Times RollUnited States Shirley & Lee
Year of Release:1956Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1956:31Rank Score:60
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:12,835
Average Rating: 74/100 (4 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 123 12%
1959 126 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 537 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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