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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 26,000 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.
1950522,860 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,919th)
by Benny Goodman
1951581,953 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,086th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952694,586 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,257th)
by Various Artists
1953723,409 Black Coffee (2,356th)
by Peggy Lee
1954787,036 Chet Baker Sings (1,387th)
by Chet Baker
19551139,406 In The Wee Small Hours (434th)
by Frank Sinatra
195618326,308 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195724129,468 Blue Train (465th)
by John Coltrane
195826324,407 Lady In Satin (739th)
by Billie Holiday
195927479,474 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,403188,907

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 Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
211.

The Music From Peter GunnUnited States Henry Mancini
Year of Release:1959Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1959:43Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:10,041
Average Rating:  75/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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212.

Body & SoulUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1957:44Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:10,084
Average Rating:  75/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 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:107
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:10,212
Average Rating:  79/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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214.

A Star Is BornUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1954Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1954:15Rank Score:106
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:10,250
Average Rating:  72/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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215.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1950:9Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:10,337
Average Rating:  72/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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216.

Blue MoodsUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1955Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1955:12Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:10,370
Average Rating:  70/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

Afro-CubanUnited States Kenny Dorham
Year of Release:1955Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1955:13Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:10,374
Average Rating:  77/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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218.

Bags GrooveUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1957:45Rank Score:104
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:10,422
Average Rating:  75/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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219.

The Astaire StoryUnited States Fred Astaire
Year of Release:1953Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1953:10Rank Score:104
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:10,471
Average Rating:  69/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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220.

What A Difference A Day Makes!United States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1959Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1959:44Rank Score:104
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:10,492
Average Rating:  77/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 34 3%
1951 37 4%
1952 45 5%
1953 46 5%
1954 63 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 132 13%
1957 174 17%
1958 190 19%
1959 200 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 826 83%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
France 27 3%
Canada 18 2%
United Kingdom 14 1%
Brazil 11 1%
Germany 7 1%
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