Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 greatest album charts.

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1950s decade summary
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.
19501104,449
19511243,822
19521466,955
19531815,334
195421110,317
195528812,912
195639229,375
195750743,849
195850138,409
195953382,380
Total2,993237,803

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, Art Blakey, Buddy Holly, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.
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1959
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30,114
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1959
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7,891
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1959
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6,917
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1957
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5,783
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1956
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5,019
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1955
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4,926
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1959
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4,357
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1957
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3,837
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1959
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3,380
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1958
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3,061
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 44 4%
1951 44 4%
1952 54 5%
1953 59 6%
1954 77 8%
1955 88 9%
1956 120 12%
1957 154 15%
1958 172 17%
1959 188 19%
Country Albums %


United States 772 77%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
United Kingdom 31 3%
Brazil 29 3%
France 28 3%
Canada 12 1%
Austria 9 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 945 95%
Yes 55 6%
Live? Albums %
No 968 97%
Yes 32 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 986 99%
Yes 14 1%
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