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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 23,000 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.
1950512,718 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,863rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,781 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,008th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,215 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,128th)
by Various Artists
1953663,068 Black Coffee (2,439th)
by Peggy Lee
1954715,286 Sarah Vaughan (1,568th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955998,294 In The Wee Small Hours (435th)
by Frank Sinatra
195615024,519 Elvis Presley (399th)
by Elvis Presley
195719727,474 Blue Train (450th)
by John Coltrane
195822721,646 Lady In Satin (777th)
by Billie Holiday
195923872,277 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,224171,279

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 Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
211.

Legend Of The Sun VirginPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1952Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1952:11Rank Score:101
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:10,158
Average Rating:  74/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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212.

ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1957:42Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:10,222
Average Rating:  75/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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213.

In A MellotoneUnited States Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1956:32Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:10,336
Average Rating:  77/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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214.

The Music From Peter GunnUnited States Henry Mancini
Year of Release:1959Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1959:44Rank Score:98
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:10,521
Average Rating:  75/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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215.

Charlie Parker With StringsUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1950Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1950:9Rank Score:98
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:10,524
Average Rating:  75/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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216.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:97
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:10,643
Average Rating:  80/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

Willie's BluesUnited States Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim
Year of Release:1959Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1959:45Rank Score:96
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:10,747
Average Rating:  77/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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218.

Hit KitUnited States Sam Cooke
Year of Release:1959Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1959:46Rank Score:96
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:10,758
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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219.

Wanda JacksonUnited States Wanda Jackson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:38Rank Score:94
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:10,967
Average Rating:  72/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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220.

The Kingston TrioUnited States The Kingston Trio
Year of Release:1958Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:94
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:10,981
Average Rating:  75/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 41 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 60 6%
1953 48 5%
1954 62 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 121 12%
1957 163 16%
1958 182 18%
1959 198 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 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 813 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 27 3%
Canada 21 2%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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