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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 16,000 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.
1950251,677 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,119th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,247 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,104th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,707 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,033rd)
by Various Artists
1953282,376 Black Coffee (2,374th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,548 Sarah Vaughan (1,863rd)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955605,029 In The Wee Small Hours (565th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569716,899 Elvis Presley (393rd)
by Elvis Presley
195712518,741 Blue Train (532nd)
by John Coltrane
195814213,861 Lady In Satin (847th)
by Billie Holiday
195914947,331 Kind Of Blue (44th)
by Miles Davis
Total724113,417

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

Jazz In SilhouetteUnited States Sun Ra And His Arkestra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1959:14Rank Score:233
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:4,368
Average Rating: 71/100 (30 votes)
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72.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:227
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:4,449
Average Rating: 73/100 (22 votes)
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73.

Souvenir AlbumUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1950Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1950:3Rank Score:222
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:4,537
Average Rating: 71/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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74.

What'd I SayUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1959Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:221
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:4,542
Average Rating: 74/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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75.

This Is Fats Domino!United States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1956Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:220
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:4,558
Average Rating: 72/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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76.

Billie Holiday SingsUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1952Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:219
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:4,580
Average Rating: 74/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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77.

Palo CongoUnited States Sabu
Year of Release:1957Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1957:14Rank Score:214
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:4,667
Average Rating: 72/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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78.

VertigoUnited States Bernard Herrmann
Year of Release:1958Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1958:18Rank Score:209
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,750
Average Rating: 74/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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79.

FontessaUnited States Modern Jazz Quartet
Year of Release:1956Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1956:15Rank Score:208
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,773
Average Rating: 73/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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80.

The Amazing Bud PowellUnited States Bud Powell
Year of Release:1951Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1951:2Rank Score:201
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,905
Average Rating: 69/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 37 4%
1955 47 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 105 11%
1958 122 12%
1959 125 13%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 16 3%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Billie Holiday 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 535 87%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
Canada 15 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 4 1%
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