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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:1,309 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:48,488
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,807 votes)
Comments: 133 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:476 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:9,414
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:307
Average Rating:  84/100 (530 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:493 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:8,199
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:343
Average Rating:  84/100 (531 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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4.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:400 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:6,467
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:410
Average Rating:  84/100 (482 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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5.

Art Blakey And The Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:240 charts
Rank in 1959:5Rank Score:2,973
Rank in 1950s14Overall Rank:854
Average Rating:  82/100 (234 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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6.

Brilliant CornersUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1957Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:3,156
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:802
Average Rating:  82/100 (280 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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7.

Somethin' ElseUnited States Cannonball Adderley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 1958:2Rank Score:2,567
Rank in 1950s17Overall Rank:969
Average Rating:  82/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:337 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,674
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:472
Average Rating:  81/100 (383 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,717
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:689
Average Rating:  81/100 (280 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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10.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1957:4Rank Score:3,063
Rank in 1950s13Overall Rank:830
Average Rating:  81/100 (342 votes)
Comments: 10 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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