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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 26,000 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.
1950523,003 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,694th)
by Benny Goodman
1951592,551 Hank Williams Sings (3,099th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952684,163 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,298th)
by Various Artists
1953723,545 Black Coffee (2,388th)
by Peggy Lee
1954857,294 Chet Baker Sings (1,360th)
by Chet Baker
19551159,610 In The Wee Small Hours (434th)
by Frank Sinatra
195619326,878 Elvis Presley (404th)
by Elvis Presley
195724730,051 Blue Train (462nd)
by John Coltrane
195826725,298 Lady In Satin (738th)
by Billie Holiday
195927980,619 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,437193,014

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

Songs For Distingué LoversUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1957:12Rank Score:416
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:3,567
Average Rating:  77/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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72.

Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1958Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1958:18Rank Score:407
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:3,629
Average Rating:  75/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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73.

Chansons Des Cafés De ParisFrance Edith Piaf
Year of Release:1950Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1950:2Rank Score:407
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:3,632
Average Rating:  72/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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74.

Come Dance With Me!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:397
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:3,701
Average Rating:  72/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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75.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1959Appears in:53 charts
Rank in 1959:16Rank Score:394
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:3,723
Average Rating:  78/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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76.

Ramblin' ManUnited States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1955Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1955:3Rank Score:393
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:3,734
Average Rating:  78/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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77.

Miles AheadUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:63 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:392
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:3,746
Average Rating:  79/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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78.

Clifford Brown and Max RoachUnited States Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Year of Release:1954Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1954:5Rank Score:384
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:3,805
Average Rating:  79/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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79.

This Is Fats Domino!United States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1956Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:384
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:3,809
Average Rating:  74/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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80.

Dance ManiaUnited States Tito Puente
Year of Release:1958Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1958:19Rank Score:384
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:3,816
Average Rating:  77/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 33 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 46 5%
1953 45 5%
1954 66 7%
1955 83 8%
1956 130 13%
1957 174 17%
1958 187 19%
1959 197 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 828 83%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 6 1%
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