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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 28,000 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.
1950543,205 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,684th)
by Benny Goodman
1951632,445 Hank Williams Sings (3,140th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952724,264 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,383rd)
by Various Artists
1953783,914 Black Coffee (2,372nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954855,711 Chet Baker Sings (1,383rd)
by Chet Baker
195511910,635 In The Wee Small Hours (441st)
by Frank Sinatra
195619427,565 Elvis Presley (412th)
by Elvis Presley
195725030,998 Blue Train (450th)
by John Coltrane
195827325,919 Lady In Satin (741st)
by Billie Holiday
195929183,660 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,479198,315

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:1,092 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:42,418
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,456 votes)
Comments: 102 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:386 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:8,163
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:291
Average Rating:  84/100 (409 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:367 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:6,264
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:363
Average Rating:  84/100 (395 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:334 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,525
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:412
Average Rating:  80/100 (463 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:5,107
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:441
Average Rating:  80/100 (373 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:311 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:5,036
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:448
Average Rating:  83/100 (362 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:257 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,411
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:503
Average Rating:  81/100 (291 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:3,277
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:656
Average Rating:  78/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,863
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:741
Average Rating:  80/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:192 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,742
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:771
Average Rating:  80/100 (207 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 35 4%
1951 42 4%
1952 44 4%
1953 47 5%
1954 65 7%
1955 85 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 828 83%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
France 24 2%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 6 1%
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