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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 22,000 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.
1950372,396 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,969th)
by Benny Goodman
1951411,523 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,207th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952373,675 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,072nd)
by Various Artists
1953392,774 Black Coffee (2,512th)
by Peggy Lee
1954564,663 Sarah Vaughan (1,748th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955897,714 In The Wee Small Hours (445th)
by Frank Sinatra
195613722,348 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195718725,298 Blue Train (482nd)
by John Coltrane
195820920,213 Lady In Satin (758th)
by Billie Holiday
195921365,737 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,045156,341

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

Cookin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1957:12Rank Score:339
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:3,796
Average Rating:  78/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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72.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1959Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1959:13Rank Score:335
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:3,835
Average Rating:  77/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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73.

House Of The BluesUnited States John Lee Hooker
Year of Release:1959Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1959:14Rank Score:317
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:3,986
Average Rating:  73/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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74.

This Is Fats Domino!United States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1956Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:315
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:4,000
Average Rating:  73/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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75.

Songs For Distingu√© LoversUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:314
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:4,011
Average Rating:  76/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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76.

Dinah JamsUnited States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1954Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1954:4Rank Score:311
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:4,037
Average Rating:  74/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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77.

After MidnightUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1957Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1957:14Rank Score:310
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:4,052
Average Rating:  76/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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78.

Bird & DizUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1952Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:308
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,061
Average Rating:  74/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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79.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1957:15Rank Score:308
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,064
Average Rating:  76/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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80.

Come Dance With Me!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:304
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,108
Average Rating:  72/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 33 3%
1952 33 3%
1953 32 3%
1954 50 5%
1955 71 7%
1956 115 12%
1957 161 16%
1958 172 17%
1959 178 18%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 2%
Billie Holiday 12 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 713 81%
Mixed Nationality 35 4%
France 24 3%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 18 2%
Brazil 14 2%
Cuba 6 1%
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