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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 17,000 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.
1950251,678 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,186th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,177 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,241st)
by Thelonious Monk
1952322,909 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,058th)
by Various Artists
1953292,464 Black Coffee (2,468th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,194 Sarah Vaughan (1,879th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955635,430 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,356 Elvis Presley (407th)
by Elvis Presley
195712919,444 Blue Train (516th)
by John Coltrane
195814614,954 Lady In Satin (864th)
by Billie Holiday
195915551,072 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total745119,678

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

Benny Rides AgainUnited States Benny Goodman
Year of Release:1958Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1958:42Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:12,611
Average Rating:  65/100 (9 votes)
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212.

The Fascinating World Of Electronic Music By Kid Baltan And Tom DisseveltNetherlands Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan
Year of Release:1959Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1959:40Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:12,635
Average Rating:  74/100 (1 vote)
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213.

Norwegian Folk SongsNorway Pelle Joner
Year of Release:1958Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1958:43Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:12,697
Average Rating:  71/100 (7 votes)
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214.

Let The Good Times RollUnited States Shirley & Lee
Year of Release:1956Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1956:30Rank Score:64
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:12,784
Average Rating:  73/100 (5 votes)
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215.

Mr. BlueUnited States The Fleetwoods
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:41Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:12,846
Average Rating:  70/100 (12 votes)
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216.

Honky-Tonkin'
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United States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1957Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1957:44Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:12,854
Average Rating:  72/100 (8 votes)
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217.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:12,969
Average Rating:  71/100 (8 votes)
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218.

SolitudeUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1956:31Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:13,033
Average Rating:  75/100 (10 votes)
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219.

Penthouse SerenadeUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:11Rank Score:61
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:13,134
Average Rating:  75/100 (9 votes)
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220.

Songs Of Our SoilUnited States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1959Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1959:42Rank Score:60
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:13,320
Average Rating:  66/100 (14 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 50 5%
1956 80 8%
1957 106 11%
1958 119 12%
1959 125 13%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 15 2%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 532 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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