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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.
1950543,116 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,684th)
by Benny Goodman
1951612,450 Hank Williams Sings (3,105th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952724,181 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,301st)
by Various Artists
1953793,726 Black Coffee (2,388th)
by Peggy Lee
1954866,790 Chet Baker Sings (1,363rd)
by Chet Baker
19551189,708 In The Wee Small Hours (434th)
by Frank Sinatra
195619427,219 Elvis Presley (414th)
by Elvis Presley
195724730,680 Blue Train (456th)
by John Coltrane
195826725,882 Lady In Satin (746th)
by Billie Holiday
195928382,393 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,461196,145

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:1,066 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:41,971
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,423 votes)
Comments: 99 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:372 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:7,888
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:296
Average Rating:  84/100 (397 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:357 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:5,985
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:374
Average Rating:  83/100 (386 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:325 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,437
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:414
Average Rating:  80/100 (452 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,086
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:434
Average Rating:  80/100 (361 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:4,841
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:456
Average Rating:  83/100 (351 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:250 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,263
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  81/100 (280 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:225 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,211
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:661
Average Rating:  78/100 (268 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:194 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,805
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:746
Average Rating:  80/100 (204 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,724
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:765
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 48 5%
1954 66 7%
1955 87 9%
1956 125 13%
1957 174 17%
1958 183 18%
1959 198 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 24 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 827 83%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
France 24 2%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 11 1%
Germany 6 1%
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