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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.
1950251,680 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,148th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,178 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,209th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952322,764 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,050th)
by Various Artists
1953272,219 Black Coffee (2,488th)
by Peggy Lee
1954383,114 Sarah Vaughan (1,867th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955625,329 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,182 Elvis Presley (399th)
by Elvis Presley
195712919,158 Blue Train (523rd)
by John Coltrane
195814614,735 Lady In Satin (873rd)
by Billie Holiday
195915349,789 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total739117,149

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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RankAlbumArtist
71.

The Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey
Year of Release:1956Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1956:13Rank Score:246
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:4,285
Average Rating: 71/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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72.

Ritchie ValensUnited States Ritchie Valens
Year of Release:1959Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:241
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:4,361
Average Rating: 71/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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73.

Billie Holiday SingsUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1952Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:235
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:4,444
Average Rating: 73/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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74.

VertigoUnited States Bernard Herrmann
Year of Release:1958Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1958:18Rank Score:233
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:4,466
Average Rating: 74/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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75.

This Is Fats Domino!United States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1956Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:231
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:4,511
Average Rating: 72/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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76.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:226
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:4,580
Average Rating: 73/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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77.

At Home With Screamin' Jay HawkinsUnited States Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Year of Release:1958Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1958:19Rank Score:224
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:4,625
Average Rating: 74/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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78.

Souvenir AlbumUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1950Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1950:3Rank Score:218
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,704
Average Rating: 70/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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79.

Come Fly With MeUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1958:20Rank Score:217
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,722
Average Rating: 72/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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80.

Palo CongoUnited States Sabu
Year of Release:1957Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1957:14Rank Score:216
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,740
Average Rating: 72/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 25 3%
1954 34 3%
1955 47 5%
1956 80 8%
1957 107 11%
1958 119 12%
1959 122 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 15 2%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Billie Holiday 10 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 527 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Brazil 3 0%
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