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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 24,000 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.
1950522,790 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,928th)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,872 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,045th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,333 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,243rd)
by Various Artists
1953693,187 Black Coffee (2,423rd)
by Peggy Lee
1954756,778 Chet Baker Sings (1,404th)
by Chet Baker
19551068,605 In The Wee Small Hours (439th)
by Frank Sinatra
195617223,885 Elvis Presley (411th)
by Elvis Presley
195723528,303 Blue Train (461st)
by John Coltrane
195824922,538 Lady In Satin (772nd)
by Billie Holiday
195926474,316 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,347176,607

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

Body & SoulUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1957:42Rank Score:101
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:10,341
Average Rating:  75/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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212.

Legend Of The Sun VirginPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1952Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1952:12Rank Score:101
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:10,350
Average Rating:  73/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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213.

ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:10,387
Average Rating:  74/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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214.

J. S. Bach: Die Kunst Der FugeUnknown Helmut Walcha
Year of Release:1956Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1956:31Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:10,434
Average Rating: Not enough data
Comments: 0 comments
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215.

In A MellotoneUnited States Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1956:32Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:10,505
Average Rating:  76/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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216.

Blues WalkUnited States Lou Donaldson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:10,520
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

Country MusicUnited States Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
Year of Release:1958Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1958:38Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:10,527
Average Rating:  72/100 (1 vote)
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Blues-etteUnited States Curtis Fuller
Year of Release:1959Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1959:43Rank Score:99
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:10,594
Average Rating:  77/100 (6 votes)
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219.

The Music From Peter GunnUnited States Henry Mancini
Year of Release:1959Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1959:44Rank Score:98
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:10,703
Average Rating:  74/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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220.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:97
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:10,781
Average Rating:  79/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 39 4%
1951 42 4%
1952 55 6%
1953 46 5%
1954 61 6%
1955 81 8%
1956 123 12%
1957 167 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 202 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 28 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 804 80%
Mixed Nationality 48 5%
France 29 3%
Canada 22 2%
United Kingdom 19 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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