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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.
1950543,088 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,687th)
by Benny Goodman
1951612,417 Hank Williams Sings (3,096th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952714,153 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,325th)
by Various Artists
1953753,601 Black Coffee (2,402nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954846,755 Chet Baker Sings (1,350th)
by Chet Baker
19551169,694 In The Wee Small Hours (432nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195619427,271 Elvis Presley (415th)
by Elvis Presley
195724730,321 Blue Train (461st)
by John Coltrane
195826625,498 Lady In Satin (749th)
by Billie Holiday
195928081,090 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,448193,889

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:1,051 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:41,347
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,412 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:362 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:7,547
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:306
Average Rating:  84/100 (394 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:350 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:5,926
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:375
Average Rating:  84/100 (384 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:323 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,412
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:415
Average Rating:  80/100 (449 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,110
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:432
Average Rating:  80/100 (358 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:4,722
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:461
Average Rating:  83/100 (348 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:247 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,277
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:505
Average Rating:  81/100 (279 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:226 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,200
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:658
Average Rating:  78/100 (267 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,782
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:749
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:205 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,706
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:770
Average Rating:  81/100 (269 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 33 3%
1951 40 4%
1952 47 5%
1953 47 5%
1954 65 7%
1955 85 9%
1956 129 13%
1957 173 17%
1958 186 19%
1959 195 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 828 83%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
France 25 3%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 11 1%
Germany 6 1%
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