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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 19,000 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.
1950261,996 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (3,175th)
by Benny Goodman
1951311,268 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (2,986th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952333,275 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,960th)
by Various Artists
1953332,655 Black Coffee (2,604th)
by Peggy Lee
1954463,713 Sarah Vaughan (1,895th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955666,209 In The Wee Small Hours (519th)
by Frank Sinatra
195610918,995 Elvis Presley (404th)
by Elvis Presley
195714218,019 Here's Little Richard (650th)
by Little Richard
195817321,339 Blue Train (555th)
by John Coltrane
195917955,745 Kind Of Blue (39th)
by Miles Davis
Total838133,214

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

Come Fly With MeUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1958:20Rank Score:276
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:4,146
Average Rating:  73/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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72.

Music Of India (Three Classical Ragas)India Ravi Shankar
Year of Release:1956Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1956:13Rank Score:270
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:4,231
Average Rating:  74/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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73.

Clifford Brown and Max RoachUnited States Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Year of Release:1955Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1955:4Rank Score:269
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:4,238
Average Rating:  77/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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74.

Dinah JamsUnited States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1954Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1954:3Rank Score:269
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:4,239
Average Rating:  73/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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75.

At NewportUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1958Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1958:21Rank Score:268
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:4,257
Average Rating:  70/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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76.

Billie Holiday SingsUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1952Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:261
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:4,342
Average Rating:  73/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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77.

Tragic Songs Of LifeUnited States The Louvin Brothers
Year of Release:1956Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:259
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:4,368
Average Rating:  71/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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78.

Songs For Young LoversUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1954Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1954:4Rank Score:257
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,390
Average Rating:  74/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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79.

Bird & DizUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1952Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1952:5Rank Score:256
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,407
Average Rating:  72/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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80.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:255
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,415
Average Rating:  74/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 23 2%
1951 23 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 29 3%
1954 40 4%
1955 53 5%
1956 86 9%
1957 119 12%
1958 141 14%
1959 149 15%
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 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 583 84%
France 18 3%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Canada 14 2%
Brazil 9 1%
United Kingdom 8 1%
Cuba 5 1%
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