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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 19,000 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.
1950292,017 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,201st)
by Benny Goodman
1951311,272 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,983rd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,267 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,981st)
by Various Artists
1953342,670 Black Coffee (2,635th)
by Peggy Lee
1954473,838 Sarah Vaughan (1,914th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955726,458 In The Wee Small Hours (489th)
by Frank Sinatra
195611319,430 Elvis Presley (415th)
by Elvis Presley
195714921,612 Blue Train (531st)
by John Coltrane
195817618,688 Lady In Satin (821st)
by Billie Holiday
195918357,081 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total867136,334

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

What A Difference A Day Makes!United States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1959Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1959:39Rank Score:76
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:11,921
Average Rating:  77/100 (11 votes)
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212.

Soul BrothersUnited States Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:44Rank Score:75
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:12,000
Average Rating:  71/100 (7 votes)
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213.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1958:45Rank Score:75
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:12,085
Average Rating:  77/100 (8 votes)
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214.

ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1957:41Rank Score:74
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:12,156
Average Rating:  74/100 (12 votes)
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215.

Love Is The ThingUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1957Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1957:42Rank Score:73
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:12,225
Average Rating:  76/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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216.

Elvis' Christmas AlbumUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:72
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:12,442
Average Rating:  69/100 (17 votes)
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217.

Songs To Grow On For Mother And ChildUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1956Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1956:29Rank Score:71
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:12,473
Average Rating:  66/100 (8 votes)
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218.

Webb PierceUnited States Webb Pierce
Year of Release:1955Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1955:14Rank Score:69
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:12,769
Average Rating:  74/100 (1 vote)
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219.

Ella in Rome: The Birthday ConcertUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:46Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:12,836
Average Rating:  74/100 (10 votes)
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220.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1950:9Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:12,847
Average Rating:  72/100 (10 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 25 3%
1951 23 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 30 3%
1954 40 4%
1955 54 5%
1956 88 9%
1957 123 12%
1958 142 14%
1959 150 15%
Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 15 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 592 84%
France 21 3%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Canada 14 2%
United Kingdom 9 1%
Brazil 9 1%
Cuba 5 1%
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