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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.
1950251,687 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,145th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,188 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,128th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,753 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,024th)
by Various Artists
1953282,424 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954403,417 Sarah Vaughan (1,907th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955605,214 In The Wee Small Hours (540th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,283 Elvis Presley (396th)
by Elvis Presley
195712518,895 Blue Train (527th)
by John Coltrane
195814314,191 Lady In Satin (832nd)
by Billie Holiday
195915148,335 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total729115,387

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, Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman Trio.
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RankAlbumArtist
211.

Let The Good Times RollUnited States Shirley & Lee
Year of Release:1956Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1956:30Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:12,331
Average Rating: 74/100 (4 votes)
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212.

Norwegian Folk SongsNorway Pelle Joner
Year of Release:1958Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1958:43Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:12,434
Average Rating: 71/100 (7 votes)
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213.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:64
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:12,533
Average Rating: 71/100 (8 votes)
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214.

Mr. BlueUnited States The Fleetwoods
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:42Rank Score:64
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:12,545
Average Rating: 70/100 (12 votes)
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215.

Honky-Tonkin'
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United States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1957Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1957:42Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:12,562
Average Rating: 72/100 (8 votes)
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216.

SolitudeUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1956:31Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:12,601
Average Rating: 75/100 (10 votes)
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217.

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 1953:10Rank Score:63
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:12,629
Average Rating: 71/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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218.

Penthouse SerenadeUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:12,787
Average Rating: 75/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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219.

The CoastersUnited States The Coasters
Year of Release:1957Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:60
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:12,923
Average Rating: 73/100 (5 votes)
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220.

Masterpieces By EllingtonUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1951Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1951:6Rank Score:59
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:13,104
Average Rating: 69/100 (9 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 36 4%
1955 46 5%
1956 82 8%
1957 105 11%
1958 117 12%
1959 122 12%
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 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 527 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 13 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Mexico 3 0%
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