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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 23,000 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.
1950512,713 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,868th)
by Benny Goodman
1951561,762 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,020th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952684,023 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,154th)
by Various Artists
1953633,045 Black Coffee (2,416th)
by Peggy Lee
1954715,145 Sarah Vaughan (1,600th)
by Sarah Vaughan
19551008,381 In The Wee Small Hours (432nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195615024,068 Elvis Presley (397th)
by Elvis Presley
195719727,348 Blue Train (449th)
by John Coltrane
195822621,464 Lady In Satin (771st)
by Billie Holiday
195923671,229 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,218169,178

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

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1959Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1959:14Rank Score:354
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:3,813
Average Rating:  78/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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72.

Cookin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis Quintet
Year of Release:1957Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1957:12Rank Score:343
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:3,912
Average Rating:  79/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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73.

Songs For Distingu√© LoversUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:339
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:3,949
Average Rating:  77/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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74.

Bird & DizUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1952Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:336
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:3,977
Average Rating:  75/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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75.

Relaxin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1958:19Rank Score:334
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:3,986
Average Rating:  80/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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76.

House Of The BluesUnited States John Lee Hooker
Year of Release:1959Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:332
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:4,009
Average Rating:  74/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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77.

This Is Fats Domino!United States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1956Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:328
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:4,053
Average Rating:  73/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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78.

Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1958Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1958:20Rank Score:325
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,072
Average Rating:  75/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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79.

Dinah JamsUnited States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1954Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1954:4Rank Score:325
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,075
Average Rating:  75/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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80.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1957:14Rank Score:317
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,135
Average Rating:  77/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 42 4%
1951 46 5%
1952 59 6%
1953 46 5%
1954 62 6%
1955 79 8%
1956 121 12%
1957 163 16%
1958 185 19%
1959 198 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 2%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 812 81%
Mixed Nationality 43 4%
France 28 3%
United Kingdom 21 2%
Canada 21 2%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 8 1%
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