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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.
1950502,608 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,886th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,732 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,064th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952683,917 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,118th)
by Various Artists
1953632,997 Black Coffee (2,450th)
by Peggy Lee
1954685,018 Sarah Vaughan (1,627th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955988,248 In The Wee Small Hours (427th)
by Frank Sinatra
195615023,532 Elvis Presley (404th)
by Elvis Presley
195719222,378 Here's Little Richard (610th)
by Little Richard
195822524,959 Blue Train (481st)
by John Coltrane
195923369,835 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,203165,224

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Ornette Coleman Trio, Thelonious Monk and Little Richard.
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RankAlbumArtist
71.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1959Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1959:14Rank Score:345
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:3,873
Average Rating:  78/100 (45 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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72.

Cookin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1957:11Rank Score:339
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:3,922
Average Rating:  79/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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73.

This Is Fats Domino!United States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1956Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:335
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:3,965
Average Rating:  73/100 (45 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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74.

Relaxin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1958:20Rank Score:333
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:3,978
Average Rating:  80/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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75.

House Of The BluesUnited States John Lee Hooker
Year of Release:1959Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:333
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:3,982
Average Rating:  73/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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76.

Songs For Distingu√© LoversUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1957:12Rank Score:327
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:4,035
Average Rating:  77/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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77.

Dinah JamsUnited States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1954Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1954:4Rank Score:324
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:4,053
Average Rating:  75/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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78.

Bird & DizUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1952Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:322
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,073
Average Rating:  74/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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79.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:317
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,106
Average Rating:  77/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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80.

After MidnightUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1957Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1957:14Rank Score:313
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,141
Average Rating:  76/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 43 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 58 6%
1953 47 5%
1954 60 6%
1955 78 8%
1956 122 12%
1957 161 16%
1958 186 19%
1959 199 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 3%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 814 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 28 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 18 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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