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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.
1950261,852 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,155th)
by Benny Goodman
1951291,177 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,276th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952323,078 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,842nd)
by Various Artists
1953302,613 Black Coffee (2,457th)
by Peggy Lee
1954393,339 Sarah Vaughan (1,863rd)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955655,638 In The Wee Small Hours (525th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610117,836 Elvis Presley (402nd)
by Elvis Presley
195713020,005 Blue Train (503rd)
by John Coltrane
195814815,504 Lady In Satin (852nd)
by Billie Holiday
195915652,879 Kind Of Blue (43rd)
by Miles Davis
Total756123,921

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

Go Bo DiddleyUnited States Bo Diddley
Year of Release:1959Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1959:14Rank Score:261
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:4,134
Average Rating:  72/100 (27 votes)
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72.

Johnny Burnette And The Rock N' Roll TrioUnited States Johnny Burnette And The Rock N' Roll Trio
Year of Release:1956Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:260
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:4,152
Average Rating:  75/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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73.

Clifford Brown and Max RoachUnited States Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Year of Release:1955Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1955:4Rank Score:256
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:4,194
Average Rating:  76/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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74.

Dinah JamsUnited States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1954Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1954:3Rank Score:255
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:4,215
Average Rating:  72/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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75.

Please Please PleaseUnited States James Brown
Year of Release:1959Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:254
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:4,226
Average Rating:  74/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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76.

Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 2United States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1952Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:246
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:4,339
Average Rating:  74/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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77.

Ritchie ValensUnited States Ritchie Valens
Year of Release:1959Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1959:16Rank Score:242
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:4,401
Average Rating:  71/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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78.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:238
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,451
Average Rating:  73/100 (23 votes)
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79.

Billie Holiday SingsUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1952Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1952:5Rank Score:235
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,502
Average Rating:  73/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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80.

Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1958Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1958:19Rank Score:234
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,514
Average Rating:  72/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 23 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 27 3%
1953 26 3%
1954 35 4%
1955 52 5%
1956 84 8%
1957 109 11%
1958 121 12%
1959 128 13%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 546 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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