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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 17,000 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.
1950261,852 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,158th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,177 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,280th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,078 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,846th)
by Various Artists
1953302,613 Black Coffee (2,459th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,339 Sarah Vaughan (1,866th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955655,639 In The Wee Small Hours (525th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610117,843 Elvis Presley (401st)
by Elvis Presley
195713020,010 Blue Train (503rd)
by John Coltrane
195814815,506 Lady In Satin (852nd)
by Billie Holiday
195915652,879 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total756123,936

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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RankAlbumArtist
211.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:70
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:11,995
Average Rating:  72/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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212.

Ella in Rome: The Birthday ConcertUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:43Rank Score:69
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:12,165
Average Rating:  74/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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213.

What A Difference A Day Makes!United States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:41Rank Score:69
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:12,186
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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214.

Johnny Cash Sings The Songs That Made Him FamousUnited States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1958Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1958:44Rank Score:69
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:12,192
Average Rating:  70/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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215.

ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:41Rank Score:67
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:12,343
Average Rating:  72/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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216.

The Great Ray CharlesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1957Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1957:42Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:12,465
Average Rating:  73/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

Memorial Album
Compilation
United States Johnny Ace
Year of Release:1955Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1955:13Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:12,473
Average Rating:  75/100 (7 votes)
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218.

Elvis' Christmas AlbumUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:12,532
Average Rating:  71/100 (17 votes)
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219.

Penthouse SerenadeUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1952Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1952:11Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:12,536
Average Rating:  75/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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220.

This Is How I Feel About JazzUnited States Quincy Jones
Year of Release:1957Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1957:44Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:12,561
Average Rating:  72/100 (7 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 23 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 109 11%
1958 121 12%
1959 128 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 546 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Haiti 3 0%
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