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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 25,000 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.
1950522,824 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,910th)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,914 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,048th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,435 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,201st)
by Various Artists
1953703,319 Black Coffee (2,313th)
by Peggy Lee
1954757,019 Chet Baker Sings (1,345th)
by Chet Baker
19551099,107 In The Wee Small Hours (440th)
by Frank Sinatra
195617925,094 Elvis Presley (405th)
by Elvis Presley
195723929,572 Blue Train (475th)
by John Coltrane
195825223,850 Lady In Satin (733rd)
by Billie Holiday
195927176,922 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,372184,055

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman.
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71.

Songs For Distingué LoversUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:405
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:3,571
Average Rating:  77/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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72.

Chansons Des Cafés De ParisFrance Edith Piaf
Year of Release:1950Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1950:2Rank Score:401
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:3,595
Average Rating:  72/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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73.

Come Dance With Me!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1959:16Rank Score:394
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:3,642
Average Rating:  72/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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74.

Dance ManiaUnited States Tito Puente
Year of Release:1958Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1958:18Rank Score:393
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:3,651
Average Rating:  78/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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75.

Relaxin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1958:19Rank Score:377
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:3,766
Average Rating:  79/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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76.

Ramblin' ManUnited States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1955Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1955:3Rank Score:372
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:3,803
Average Rating:  78/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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77.

This Is Fats Domino!United States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1956Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1956:13Rank Score:371
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:3,808
Average Rating:  74/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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78.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1957:14Rank Score:370
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:3,810
Average Rating:  76/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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79.

Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1958Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1958:20Rank Score:366
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:3,851
Average Rating:  75/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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80.

Sam CookeUnited States Sam Cooke
Year of Release:1957Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1957:15Rank Score:356
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:3,958
Average Rating:  76/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 37 4%
1951 38 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 45 5%
1954 60 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 127 13%
1957 174 17%
1958 182 18%
1959 208 21%
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 44 4%
France 28 3%
Canada 20 2%
United Kingdom 18 2%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 7 1%
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