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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 29,000 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.
1950533,036 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,797th)
by Benny Goodman
1951642,500 Hank Williams Sings (3,267th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952734,452 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,479th)
by Various Artists
1953794,248 Black Coffee (2,262nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954857,180 Chet Baker Sings (1,295th)
by Chet Baker
195512310,071 In The Wee Small Hours (448th)
by Frank Sinatra
195620028,571 Elvis Presley (420th)
by Elvis Presley
195726333,131 Blue Train (440th)
by John Coltrane
195828427,304 Lady In Satin (739th)
by Billie Holiday
195930187,508 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,525208,000

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:1,148 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:44,240
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,525 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:400 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:8,161
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:307
Average Rating:  84/100 (426 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:380 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:6,485
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:368
Average Rating:  84/100 (420 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:349 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,647
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:420
Average Rating:  80/100 (489 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:335 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:5,359
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:440
Average Rating:  84/100 (393 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:284 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,272
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:448
Average Rating:  80/100 (400 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:279 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,665
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:500
Average Rating:  81/100 (315 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,471
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:651
Average Rating:  78/100 (288 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,986
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:739
Average Rating:  80/100 (226 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,858
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:776
Average Rating:  81/100 (221 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 42 4%
1952 42 4%
1953 48 5%
1954 67 7%
1955 85 9%
1956 121 12%
1957 180 18%
1958 183 18%
1959 200 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 2%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 826 83%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
France 24 2%
Canada 18 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 6 1%
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