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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.
1950542,925 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,707th)
by Benny Goodman
1951713,028 Hank Williams Sings (3,242nd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952835,598 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,495th)
by Various Artists
1953904,802 Black Coffee (2,298th)
by Peggy Lee
1954968,022 Chet Baker Sings (1,243rd)
by Chet Baker
195514111,499 In The Wee Small Hours (444th)
by Frank Sinatra
195621730,365 Elvis Presley (427th)
by Elvis Presley
195728736,389 Blue Train (428th)
by John Coltrane
195830630,672 Lady In Satin (707th)
by Billie Holiday
195932494,173 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,669227,473

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:1,210 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:46,172
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,651 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:423 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:8,571
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:311
Average Rating:  84/100 (470 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:429 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:7,608
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:348
Average Rating:  84/100 (470 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:372 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,924
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:427
Average Rating:  80/100 (533 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:361 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:5,902
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  84/100 (428 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:308 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,690
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:444
Average Rating:  80/100 (428 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:305 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,393
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:463
Average Rating:  81/100 (342 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:257 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,764
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:636
Average Rating:  79/100 (315 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:235 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:3,396
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:707
Average Rating:  80/100 (247 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:233 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,121
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:759
Average Rating:  81/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 43 4%
1952 46 5%
1953 53 5%
1954 68 7%
1955 88 9%
1956 129 13%
1957 168 17%
1958 174 17%
1959 199 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Billie Holiday 17 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 802 80%
Mixed Nationality 51 5%
France 25 3%
Canada 18 2%
United Kingdom 12 1%
Brazil 11 1%
Germany 9 1%
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