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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 17,000 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.
1950251,678 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,187th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,177 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,240th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952322,910 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,058th)
by Various Artists
1953292,464 Black Coffee (2,468th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,194 Sarah Vaughan (1,879th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955635,431 In The Wee Small Hours (527th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569817,356 Elvis Presley (407th)
by Elvis Presley
195712919,441 Blue Train (516th)
by John Coltrane
195814614,952 Lady In Satin (864th)
by Billie Holiday
195915551,082 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total745119,686

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

Ritchie ValensUnited States Ritchie Valens
Year of Release:1959Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1959:14Rank Score:244
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:4,358
Average Rating:  71/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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72.

Billie Holiday SingsUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1952Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:235
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:4,472
Average Rating:  73/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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73.


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Jazz In SilhouetteUnited States Sun Ra And His Arkestra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:235
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:4,474
Average Rating:  71/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 0 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:4,503
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:40 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:232
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:4,529
Average Rating:  72/100 (37 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:4,612
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:4,650
Average Rating:  74/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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78.

Come Fly With MeUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1958:20Rank Score:221
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,702
Average Rating:  72/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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79.

Tragic Songs Of LifeUnited States The Louvin Brothers
Year of Release:1956Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1956:15Rank Score:220
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,709
Average Rating:  70/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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80.

Souvenir AlbumUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1950Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1950:3Rank Score:218
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,732
Average Rating:  70/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 50 5%
1956 80 8%
1957 106 11%
1958 119 12%
1959 125 13%
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 532 87%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Canada 12 2%
France 11 2%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Peru 4 1%
Haiti 3 0%
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