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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 33,000 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.
1950522,710 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,953rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951712,955 Hank Williams Sings (3,211th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952814,986 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,613th)
by Various Artists
1953865,016 Black Coffee (2,292nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954967,934 Chet Baker Sings (1,241st)
by Chet Baker
195513911,109 In The Wee Small Hours (447th)
by Frank Sinatra
195621730,471 Elvis Presley (427th)
by Elvis Presley
195728035,886 Blue Train (428th)
by John Coltrane
195830130,500 Lady In Satin (708th)
by Billie Holiday
195932492,956 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,647224,524

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:1,197 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:45,703
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,617 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:420 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:8,594
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:306
Average Rating:  84/100 (461 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:421 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:7,308
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:352
Average Rating:  84/100 (463 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:372 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,831
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:427
Average Rating:  80/100 (528 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:357 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:5,804
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  84/100 (423 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:307 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,558
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:447
Average Rating:  80/100 (426 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:304 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,375
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:459
Average Rating:  81/100 (336 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:256 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,743
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:636
Average Rating:  79/100 (311 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:233 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:3,367
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:708
Average Rating:  79/100 (246 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:232 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,108
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:753
Average Rating:  81/100 (241 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 29 3%
1951 43 4%
1952 46 5%
1953 51 5%
1954 68 7%
1955 85 9%
1956 129 13%
1957 172 17%
1958 174 17%
1959 205 21%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 15 1%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 811 81%
Mixed Nationality 44 4%
France 27 3%
Canada 18 2%
Brazil 13 1%
United Kingdom 11 1%
Germany 8 1%
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