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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 18,000 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.
1950251,959 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,139th)
by Benny Goodman
1951301,215 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,023rd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,287 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,928th)
by Various Artists
1953322,705 Black Coffee (2,519th)
by Peggy Lee
1954423,519 Sarah Vaughan (1,896th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955666,017 In The Wee Small Hours (519th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610618,277 Elvis Presley (404th)
by Elvis Presley
195713920,603 Blue Train (528th)
by John Coltrane
195816617,524 Lady In Satin (846th)
by Billie Holiday
195916653,319 Kind Of Blue (40th)
by Miles Davis
Total804128,425

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

Johnny Cash Sings The Songs That Made Him FamousUnited States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1958Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1958:44Rank Score:72
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:12,057
Average Rating:  69/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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212.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers And Hart SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1956:30Rank Score:71
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:12,153
Average Rating:  74/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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213.

Penthouse SerenadeUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1952Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1952:12Rank Score:71
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:12,157
Average Rating:  74/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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214.

Songs To Grow On For Mother And ChildUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1956Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1956:31Rank Score:70
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:12,262
Average Rating:  66/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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215.

Webb PierceUnited States Webb Pierce
Year of Release:1955Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1955:14Rank Score:69
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:12,431
Average Rating:  74/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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216.

Elvis' Christmas AlbumUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:41Rank Score:69
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:12,441
Average Rating:  68/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

Ella in Rome: The Birthday ConcertUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:45Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:12,494
Average Rating:  73/100 (9 votes)
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218.

What A Difference A Day Makes!United States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:38Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:12,498
Average Rating:  77/100 (11 votes)
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219.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1950:9Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:12,505
Average Rating:  71/100 (10 votes)
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220.

Bags GrooveUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1957:42Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:12,605
Average Rating:  72/100 (15 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 22 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 28 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 85 9%
1957 117 12%
1958 132 13%
1959 137 14%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 565 86%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
France 14 2%
Canada 12 2%
Brazil 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Cuba 4 1%
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