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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 27,000 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.
1950543,144 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,690th)
by Benny Goodman
1951612,490 Hank Williams Sings (3,131st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952724,181 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,363rd)
by Various Artists
1953783,779 Black Coffee (2,364th)
by Peggy Lee
1954855,776 Chet Baker Sings (1,367th)
by Chet Baker
195511910,709 In The Wee Small Hours (437th)
by Frank Sinatra
195619427,555 Elvis Presley (412th)
by Elvis Presley
195724930,850 Blue Train (457th)
by John Coltrane
195826925,975 Lady In Satin (739th)
by Billie Holiday
195928582,626 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,466197,084

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,082 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:41,959
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,439 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:378 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:7,866
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:300
Average Rating:  84/100 (404 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:366 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:6,106
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:368
Average Rating:  84/100 (389 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:332 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,479
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:412
Average Rating:  80/100 (460 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:274 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,087
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:437
Average Rating:  80/100 (371 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:303 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:4,867
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:457
Average Rating:  83/100 (359 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:255 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,385
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:502
Average Rating:  81/100 (286 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,268
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:657
Average Rating:  78/100 (274 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,851
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:739
Average Rating:  80/100 (207 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:209 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,720
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:770
Average Rating:  81/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 33 3%
1951 41 4%
1952 45 5%
1953 47 5%
1954 66 7%
1955 86 9%
1956 124 12%
1957 176 18%
1958 183 18%
1959 199 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
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 12 1%
Germany 6 1%
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