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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:1,172 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:45,655
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,581 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:414 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:8,477
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:303
Average Rating:  84/100 (445 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:407 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:7,134
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:353
Average Rating:  84/100 (445 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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4.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:348 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:5,672
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:429
Average Rating:  83/100 (404 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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5.

Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 1959:5Rank Score:2,480
Rank in 1950s14Overall Rank:907
Average Rating:  82/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

Brilliant CornersUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1957Appears in:220 charts
Rank in 1957:4Rank Score:2,587
Rank in 1950s13Overall Rank:870
Average Rating:  81/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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7.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:225 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,834
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:812
Average Rating:  81/100 (295 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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8.

Somethin' ElseUnited States Cannonball Adderley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 1958:2Rank Score:2,456
Rank in 1950s15Overall Rank:914
Average Rating:  81/100 (171 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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9.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:291 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,070
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:475
Average Rating:  81/100 (327 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,141
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:738
Average Rating:  81/100 (232 votes)
Comments: 5 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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