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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 15,000 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.
1950251,569 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,034th)
by Benny Goodman
1951281,143 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,026th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,541 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,037th)
by Various Artists
1953282,410 Jazz At Massey Hall (2,318th)
by The Quintet
1954393,467 Sarah Vaughan (1,685th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955604,875 In The Wee Small Hours (567th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569516,619 Elvis Presley (393rd)
by Elvis Presley
195712318,529 Blue Train (517th)
by John Coltrane
195814213,663 Lady In Satin (879th)
by Billie Holiday
195914746,890 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total717111,706

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

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:231
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:4,307
Average Rating: 73/100 (21 votes)
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72.

Art Blakey With The Original Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1956Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1956:13Rank Score:229
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:4,338
Average Rating: 72/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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73.

What'd I SayUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1959Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:221
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:4,457
Average Rating: 74/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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74.

This Is Fats Domino!United States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1956Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:220
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:4,469
Average Rating: 72/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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75.

Palo CongoUnited States Sabu
Year of Release:1957Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1957:14Rank Score:214
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:4,573
Average Rating: 72/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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76.

Souvenir AlbumUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1950Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1950:3Rank Score:205
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:4,724
Average Rating: 71/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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77.

Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du PrintempsUnited States Leonard Bernstein / New York Philharmonic
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:18Rank Score:205
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:4,738
Average Rating: 70/100 (8 votes)
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78.

VertigoUnited States Bernard Herrmann
Year of Release:1958Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1958:19Rank Score:202
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,787
Average Rating: 74/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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79.

The Amazing Bud PowellUnited States Bud Powell
Year of Release:1951Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1951:2Rank Score:201
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,797
Average Rating: 69/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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80.

FontessaUnited States Modern Jazz Quartet
Year of Release:1956Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1956:15Rank Score:201
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,805
Average Rating: 73/100 (19 votes)
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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 83 8%
1957 104 10%
1958 121 12%
1959 124 12%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 531 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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