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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 26,000 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.
1950523,003 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,696th)
by Benny Goodman
1951592,551 Hank Williams Sings (3,100th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952684,163 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,303rd)
by Various Artists
1953723,544 Black Coffee (2,396th)
by Peggy Lee
1954857,293 Chet Baker Sings (1,363rd)
by Chet Baker
19551159,609 In The Wee Small Hours (434th)
by Frank Sinatra
195619326,874 Elvis Presley (403rd)
by Elvis Presley
195724730,050 Blue Train (462nd)
by John Coltrane
195826725,305 Lady In Satin (739th)
by Billie Holiday
195927980,653 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,437193,046

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
211.

New York, N.Y.United States George Russell
Year of Release:1959Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1959:42Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:10,008
Average Rating:  71/100 (5 votes)
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212.

Body & SoulUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1957:44Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:10,099
Average Rating:  75/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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213.

The Music From Peter GunnUnited States Henry Mancini
Year of Release:1959Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1959:43Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:10,110
Average Rating:  75/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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214.

Country MusicUnited States Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
Year of Release:1958Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1958:38Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:10,120
Average Rating:  72/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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215.

Back Country SuiteUnited States Mose Allison
Year of Release:1957Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1957:45Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:10,141
Average Rating:  74/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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216.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:107
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:10,337
Average Rating:  79/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

A Star Is BornUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1954Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1954:15Rank Score:107
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:10,343
Average Rating:  72/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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218.

Bags GrooveUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1957:46Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:10,452
Average Rating:  75/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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219.

Afro-CubanUnited States Kenny Dorham
Year of Release:1955Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1955:12Rank Score:105
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:10,482
Average Rating:  77/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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220.

Innovations In Modern MusicUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1950Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1950:10Rank Score:104
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:10,538
Average Rating:  70/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 33 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 46 5%
1953 45 5%
1954 66 7%
1955 83 8%
1956 130 13%
1957 173 17%
1958 188 19%
1959 197 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 828 83%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 6 1%
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