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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 24,000 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.
1950522,790 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,926th)
by Benny Goodman
1951571,855 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,045th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,364 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,164th)
by Various Artists
1953693,187 Black Coffee (2,418th)
by Peggy Lee
1954756,694 Chet Baker Sings (1,404th)
by Chet Baker
19551068,605 In The Wee Small Hours (438th)
by Frank Sinatra
195617323,825 Elvis Presley (410th)
by Elvis Presley
195723328,289 Blue Train (462nd)
by John Coltrane
195824922,558 Lady In Satin (771st)
by Billie Holiday
195926474,192 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,346176,358

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

Come Dance With Me!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:387
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:3,619
Average Rating:  72/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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72.

The Everly BrothersUnited States The Everly Brothers
Year of Release:1958Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1958:17Rank Score:386
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:3,626
Average Rating:  75/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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73.

Dance ManiaUnited States Tito Puente
Year of Release:1958Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1958:18Rank Score:376
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:3,701
Average Rating:  78/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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74.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1959Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1959:16Rank Score:373
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:3,723
Average Rating:  78/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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75.

Ramblin' ManUnited States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1955Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1955:3Rank Score:370
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:3,749
Average Rating:  78/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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76.

Relaxin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1958:19Rank Score:357
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:3,867
Average Rating:  79/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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77.

Swing Easy!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1954Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1954:5Rank Score:350
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:3,950
Average Rating:  75/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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78.

Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1958Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1958:20Rank Score:346
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:3,985
Average Rating:  75/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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79.

Bird & DizUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1952Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:342
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,017
Average Rating:  75/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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80.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1957:14Rank Score:338
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,050
Average Rating:  76/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 39 4%
1951 42 4%
1952 55 6%
1953 46 5%
1954 61 6%
1955 82 8%
1956 124 12%
1957 165 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 202 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 28 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 803 80%
Mixed Nationality 48 5%
France 29 3%
Canada 22 2%
United Kingdom 19 2%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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