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Top-rated albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the top-rated albums of the 1950s as rated by BestEverAlbums.com members!
(To qualify for this chart, an album must have had at least 10 member ratings.)

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1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,244 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:46,555
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,698 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:444 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:9,086
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:303
Average Rating:  84/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:448 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:7,685
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:355
Average Rating:  84/100 (490 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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4.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:379 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:6,158
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:417
Average Rating:  84/100 (447 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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5.

Art Blakey And The Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:215 charts
Rank in 1959:6Rank Score:2,603
Rank in 1950s15Overall Rank:917
Average Rating:  82/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:315 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,456
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:468
Average Rating:  82/100 (352 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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7.

Somethin' ElseUnited States Cannonball Adderley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1958:2Rank Score:2,488
Rank in 1950s16Overall Rank:950
Average Rating:  81/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

Brilliant CornersUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1957Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,946
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:825
Average Rating:  81/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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9.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 1957:4Rank Score:2,900
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:838
Average Rating:  81/100 (316 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:241 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,206
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:756
Average Rating:  81/100 (254 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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The average rating is a Bayesian average, calculated as follows:
Average Rating = (n ÷ (n + m)) × av + (m ÷ (n + m)) × AV

where:
av = mean average rating an album has currently received.
n = number of ratings an album has currently received.
m = minimum number of ratings required for an album to appear in the 'top-rated' chart (currently 10).
AV = the site mean average rating for an album (currently 73/100).

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