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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.
1950502,608 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,886th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,732 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,064th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952683,917 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,117th)
by Various Artists
1953632,996 Black Coffee (2,451st)
by Peggy Lee
1954685,018 Sarah Vaughan (1,627th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955988,248 In The Wee Small Hours (429th)
by Frank Sinatra
195615023,434 Elvis Presley (404th)
by Elvis Presley
195719222,289 Here's Little Richard (623rd)
by Little Richard
195822524,823 Blue Train (484th)
by John Coltrane
195923369,759 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,203164,824

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

Blue MoodsUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1955Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1955:12Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:11,043
Average Rating:  71/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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212.

Charlie Parker With StringsUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1950Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:11,048
Average Rating:  74/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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213.

Harmony EncoresUnited States The Chordettes
Year of Release:1952Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1952:11Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:11,070
Average Rating:  74/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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214.

New York, N.Y.United States George Russell
Year of Release:1959Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1959:44Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:11,133
Average Rating:  72/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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215.

Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And TunesUnited States Elizabeth Cotten
Year of Release:1958Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1958:40Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:11,164
Average Rating:  75/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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216.

The CoastersUnited States The Coasters
Year of Release:1957Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1957:39Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:11,167
Average Rating:  72/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

Innovations In Modern MusicUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1950Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1950:9Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:11,232
Average Rating:  70/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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218.

The SteamerUnited States The Stan Getz Quartet
Year of Release:1957Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1957:40Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:11,247
Average Rating:  77/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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219.

A Night At The Village VanguardUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1957Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1957:41Rank Score:90
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:11,320
Average Rating:  73/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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220.

A Date With ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1959Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1959:45Rank Score:90
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:11,378
Average Rating:  75/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 43 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 58 6%
1953 47 5%
1954 60 6%
1955 78 8%
1956 122 12%
1957 161 16%
1958 186 19%
1959 199 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%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 814 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 28 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 18 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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