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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 28,000 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.
1950533,222 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,717th)
by Benny Goodman
1951632,451 Hank Williams Sings (3,163rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952724,260 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,409th)
by Various Artists
1953783,927 Black Coffee (2,389th)
by Peggy Lee
1954867,011 Chet Baker Sings (1,297th)
by Chet Baker
19551199,743 In The Wee Small Hours (446th)
by Frank Sinatra
195619627,795 Elvis Presley (413th)
by Elvis Presley
195725131,406 Blue Train (443rd)
by John Coltrane
195827326,143 Lady In Satin (731st)
by Billie Holiday
195929284,558 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,483200,516

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,104 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:42,835
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,475 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:390 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:8,113
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:295
Average Rating:  84/100 (414 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:373 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:6,358
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:361
Average Rating:  84/100 (402 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:339 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,554
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:413
Average Rating:  80/100 (471 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:320 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:5,156
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:443
Average Rating:  83/100 (371 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:276 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,111
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:446
Average Rating:  80/100 (380 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:265 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,507
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:498
Average Rating:  81/100 (297 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,299
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:656
Average Rating:  78/100 (282 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,934
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:731
Average Rating:  80/100 (214 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,796
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:763
Average Rating:  81/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 34 3%
1951 42 4%
1952 44 4%
1953 47 5%
1954 67 7%
1955 85 9%
1956 124 12%
1957 176 18%
1958 182 18%
1959 200 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 15 1%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 829 83%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
France 24 2%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 6 1%
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