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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 24,000 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.
1950522,744 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,869th)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,825 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,027th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,300 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,143rd)
by Various Artists
1953663,149 Black Coffee (2,460th)
by Peggy Lee
1954745,348 Sarah Vaughan (1,580th)
by Sarah Vaughan
19551038,395 In The Wee Small Hours (439th)
by Frank Sinatra
195616824,740 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195723127,846 Blue Train (447th)
by John Coltrane
195824621,905 Lady In Satin (777th)
by Billie Holiday
195925873,578 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,323173,830

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

ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1957:42Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:10,306
Average Rating:  75/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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212.

In A MellotoneUnited States Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1956:32Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:10,424
Average Rating:  77/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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213.

Charlie Parker With StringsUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1950Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1950:9Rank Score:98
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:10,596
Average Rating:  75/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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214.

Body & SoulUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:98
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:10,600
Average Rating:  77/100 (7 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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215.

The Music From Peter GunnUnited States Henry Mancini
Year of Release:1959Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1959:43Rank Score:98
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:10,625
Average Rating:  75/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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216.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1958:37Rank Score:97
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:10,722
Average Rating:  80/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

NostalgiaUnited States Fats Navarro
Year of Release:1958Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1958:38Rank Score:97
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:10,751
Average Rating:  75/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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218.

Hit Kit
Compilation
United States Sam Cooke
Year of Release:1959Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1959:44Rank Score:96
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:10,897
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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219.

Willie's BluesUnited States Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim
Year of Release:1959Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1959:45Rank Score:95
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:10,920
Average Rating:  77/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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220.

The Kingston TrioUnited States The Kingston Trio
Year of Release:1958Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:94
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:11,108
Average Rating:  75/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 38 4%
1951 43 4%
1952 56 6%
1953 47 5%
1954 61 6%
1955 82 8%
1956 122 12%
1957 166 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 201 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 28 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 805 81%
Mixed Nationality 48 5%
France 28 3%
Canada 21 2%
United Kingdom 19 2%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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