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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 23,000 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.
1950512,720 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,869th)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,782 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,004th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,218 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,131st)
by Various Artists
1953653,071 Black Coffee (2,439th)
by Peggy Lee
1954715,290 Sarah Vaughan (1,571st)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955998,311 In The Wee Small Hours (436th)
by Frank Sinatra
195615124,532 Elvis Presley (399th)
by Elvis Presley
195719727,535 Blue Train (450th)
by John Coltrane
195822721,664 Lady In Satin (776th)
by Billie Holiday
195923872,536 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,224171,659

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 Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
71.

Ramblin' ManUnited States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1955Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1955:3Rank Score:370
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:3,695
Average Rating:  77/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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72.

Music Of India (Three Classical Ragas)India Ravi Shankar
Year of Release:1956Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1956:13Rank Score:362
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:3,756
Average Rating:  75/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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73.

Songs For Distingu√© LoversUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1957:12Rank Score:359
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:3,781
Average Rating:  77/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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74.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1959Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1959:16Rank Score:357
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:3,805
Average Rating:  78/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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75.

Cookin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis Quintet
Year of Release:1957Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:356
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:3,816
Average Rating:  79/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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76.

Relaxin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1958:19Rank Score:346
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:3,908
Average Rating:  80/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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77.

Bird & DizUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1952Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:337
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:3,990
Average Rating:  75/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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78.

This Is Fats Domino!United States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1956Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:329
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,060
Average Rating:  73/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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79.

Dinah JamsUnited States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1954Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1954:4Rank Score:329
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,063
Average Rating:  75/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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80.

Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1958Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1958:20Rank Score:328
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,070
Average Rating:  75/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 41 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 59 6%
1953 48 5%
1954 62 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 122 12%
1957 163 16%
1958 182 18%
1959 198 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 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 814 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 21 2%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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