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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 14,000 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.
1950251,534 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,803rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951281,066 Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (3,157th)
by Thelonious Monk
1952302,492 Anthology Of American Folk Music (1,981st)
by Various Artists
1953272,069 Black Coffee (2,581st)
by Peggy Lee
1954383,085 Sarah Vaughan (1,984th)
by Sarah Vaughan
1955534,501 In The Wee Small Hours (548th)
by Frank Sinatra
19569014,761 Elvis Presley (409th)
by Elvis Presley
195711516,130 Blue Train (526th)
by John Coltrane
195813412,313 Lady In Satin (915th)
by Billie Holiday
195914242,818 Kind Of Blue (45th)
by Miles Davis
Total682100,770

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

Jazz In SilhouetteUnited States Sun Ra And His Arkestra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1959:14Rank Score:222
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:4,251
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72.

Art Blakey With The Original Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1956Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1956:13Rank Score:219
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:4,290
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73.

Three RagasIndia Ravi Shankar
Year of Release:1956Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1956:14Rank Score:215
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:4,354
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74.

What'd I SayUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1959Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:208
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:4,474
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75.

Souvenir AlbumUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1950Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1950:3Rank Score:203
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:4,579
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76.

At NewportUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1958Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1958:18Rank Score:200
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:4,626
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77.

Monk's MusicUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1957Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1957:14Rank Score:199
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:4,636
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78.

Palo CongoUnited States Sabu
Year of Release:1957Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1957:15Rank Score:197
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:4,666
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79.

The Amazing Bud PowellUnited States Bud Powell
Year of Release:1951Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1951:2Rank Score:195
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:4,705
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80.

Billie Holiday SingsUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1952Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:194
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:4,720
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 22 2%
1951 21 2%
1952 28 3%
1953 24 2%
1954 35 4%
1955 43 4%
1956 78 8%
1957 97 10%
1958 114 11%
1959 121 12%
Artist Albums %


Miles Davis 16 3%
Frank Sinatra 13 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 2%
Thelonious Monk 12 2%
Doris Day 11 2%
Sarah Vaughan 11 2%
Billie Holiday 11 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 508 87%
Mixed Nationality 15 3%
Canada 14 2%
France 8 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Germany 3 1%
Brazil 3 1%
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