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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.
1950262,020 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,130th)
by Benny Goodman
1951301,182 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,350th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,109 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,866th)
by Various Artists
1953322,644 Black Coffee (2,495th)
by Peggy Lee
1954403,323 Sarah Vaughan (1,886th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955655,613 In The Wee Small Hours (528th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610217,840 Elvis Presley (404th)
by Elvis Presley
195713620,120 Blue Train (519th)
by John Coltrane
195815415,543 Lady In Satin (834th)
by Billie Holiday
195916253,660 Kind Of Blue (42nd)
by Miles Davis
Total779125,055

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

Lullabies Of BirdlandUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1955Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1955:12Rank Score:69
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:12,322
Average Rating:  74/100 (15 votes)
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212.

Ella in Rome: The Birthday ConcertUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:42Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:12,396
Average Rating:  74/100 (11 votes)
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213.

What A Difference A Day Makes!United States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:40Rank Score:68
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:12,401
Average Rating:  77/100 (13 votes)
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214.

Elvis' Christmas AlbumUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:41Rank Score:67
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:12,583
Average Rating:  69/100 (18 votes)
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215.

Memorial Album
Compilation
United States Johnny Ace
Year of Release:1955Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1955:13Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:12,735
Average Rating:  75/100 (7 votes)
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216.

Johnny Cash Sings The Songs That Made Him FamousUnited States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1958Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1958:43Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:12,761
Average Rating:  70/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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217.

Penthouse SerenadeUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1952Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1952:11Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:12,786
Average Rating:  75/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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218.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1950:10Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:12,831
Average Rating:  71/100 (9 votes)
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219.

Benny Rides AgainUnited States Benny Goodman
Year of Release:1958Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1958:44Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:12,851
Average Rating:  65/100 (9 votes)
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220.

Norwegian Folk SongsNorway Pelle Joner
Year of Release:1958Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1958:45Rank Score:65
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:12,858
Average Rating:  71/100 (7 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 23 2%
1951 22 2%
1952 26 3%
1953 28 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 83 8%
1957 112 11%
1958 126 13%
1959 132 13%
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 553 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
France 12 2%
Canada 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Germany 4 1%
Peru 4 1%
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