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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 19,000 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.
1950292,017 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,201st)
by Benny Goodman
1951311,272 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,983rd)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,268 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,982nd)
by Various Artists
1953342,670 Black Coffee (2,634th)
by Peggy Lee
1954473,839 Sarah Vaughan (1,916th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955706,454 In The Wee Small Hours (491st)
by Frank Sinatra
195611119,428 Elvis Presley (418th)
by Elvis Presley
195714921,680 Blue Train (530th)
by John Coltrane
195817518,690 Lady In Satin (829th)
by Billie Holiday
195918357,069 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total862136,387

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

House Of The BluesUnited States John Lee Hooker
Year of Release:1959Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1959:13Rank Score:287
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:4,036
Average Rating:  71/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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72.

Monk's MusicUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1957Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:283
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:4,084
Average Rating:  73/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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73.

At NewportUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1958Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1958:19Rank Score:278
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:4,135
Average Rating:  71/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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74.

At Home With Screamin' Jay HawkinsUnited States Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Year of Release:1958Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1958:20Rank Score:277
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:4,157
Average Rating:  73/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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75.

Dinah JamsUnited States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1954Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1954:4Rank Score:269
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:4,249
Average Rating:  73/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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76.

Tragic Songs Of LifeUnited States The Louvin Brothers
Year of Release:1956Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:266
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:4,300
Average Rating:  71/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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77.

This Is Fats Domino!United States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1956Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1956:15Rank Score:264
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:4,316
Average Rating:  72/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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78.

Billie Holiday SingsUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1952Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:261
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,366
Average Rating:  73/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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79.

Come Dance With Me!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1959:14Rank Score:256
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,419
Average Rating:  71/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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80.

Bird & DizUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1952Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1952:5Rank Score:256
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,426
Average Rating:  73/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 25 3%
1951 23 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 30 3%
1954 40 4%
1955 54 5%
1956 88 9%
1957 123 12%
1958 142 14%
1959 150 15%
Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 15 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 592 84%
France 21 3%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Canada 14 2%
United Kingdom 9 1%
Brazil 9 1%
Cuba 5 1%
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