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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 34,000 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.
1950542,972 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,676th)
by Benny Goodman
1951763,637 Hank Williams Sings (3,249th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952845,266 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,523rd)
by Various Artists
1953924,239 Black Coffee (2,394th)
by Peggy Lee
19541018,424 Chet Baker Sings (1,237th)
by Chet Baker
195514911,738 In The Wee Small Hours (444th)
by Frank Sinatra
195621931,396 Elvis Presley (426th)
by Elvis Presley
195728936,467 Blue Train (421st)
by John Coltrane
195831131,517 Lady In Satin (695th)
by Billie Holiday
195933395,421 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,708231,077

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,224 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:46,450
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,679 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:434 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:8,946
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:299
Average Rating:  84/100 (482 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:432 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:7,594
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:350
Average Rating:  84/100 (480 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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4.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:367 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:6,041
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:421
Average Rating:  84/100 (439 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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5.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:378 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,997
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:426
Average Rating:  80/100 (540 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:314 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,798
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:444
Average Rating:  80/100 (436 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:309 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,436
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:466
Average Rating:  81/100 (348 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:262 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,846
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:634
Average Rating:  79/100 (324 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:240 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:3,486
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:695
Average Rating:  79/100 (252 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,165
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:763
Average Rating:  81/100 (247 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 45 5%
1952 45 5%
1953 51 5%
1954 66 7%
1955 92 9%
1956 129 13%
1957 166 17%
1958 175 18%
1959 200 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 16 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 795 80%
Mixed Nationality 51 5%
France 25 3%
Canada 18 2%
United Kingdom 14 1%
Brazil 14 1%
Germany 11 1%
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