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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.
1950251,677 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,119th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,247 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,104th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,707 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,033rd)
by Various Artists
1953282,376 Black Coffee (2,374th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,548 Sarah Vaughan (1,863rd)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955605,029 In The Wee Small Hours (565th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569716,899 Elvis Presley (391st)
by Elvis Presley
195712518,741 Blue Train (532nd)
by John Coltrane
195814213,861 Lady In Satin (847th)
by Billie Holiday
195914947,331 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total724113,417

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, Ornette Coleman Trio and Thelonious Monk.
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211.

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 1950s211Overall Rank:12,510
Average Rating: 71/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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212.

The Great Ray CharlesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1957Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1957:40Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:12,582
Average Rating: 77/100 (9 votes)
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213.

The Great Artistry Of Django ReinhardtBelgium Django Reinhardt
Year of Release:1954Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1954:15Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:12,666
Average Rating: 73/100 (6 votes)
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214.

Penthouse SerenadeUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:12,674
Average Rating: 75/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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215.

Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm SectionUnited States Art Pepper
Year of Release:1957Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1957:41Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:12,681
Average Rating: 74/100 (11 votes)
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216.

That'll Be The DayUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1958:42Rank Score:61
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:12,699
Average Rating: 71/100 (4 votes)
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217.

Songs By Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1953Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1953:10Rank Score:61
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:12,779
Average Rating: 73/100 (4 votes)
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218.

The Music From Peter GunnUnited States Henry Mancini
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:44Rank Score:60
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:12,806
Average Rating: 73/100 (11 votes)
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219.

Masterpieces By EllingtonUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1951Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1951:6Rank Score:59
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:12,986
Average Rating: 69/100 (9 votes)
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220.

Cool Struttin'United States Sonny Clark
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:43Rank Score:59
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:12,988
Average Rating: 74/100 (11 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 122 12%
1959 125 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 535 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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