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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 35,000 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.
1950573,290 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,446th)
by Benny Goodman
1951843,961 Hank Williams Sings (3,252nd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952935,391 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,544th)
by Various Artists
1953994,243 Black Coffee (2,371st)
by Peggy Lee
19541118,747 Chet Baker Sings (1,220th)
by Chet Baker
195515711,994 In The Wee Small Hours (447th)
by Frank Sinatra
195622631,957 Elvis Presley (429th)
by Elvis Presley
195729537,565 Blue Train (416th)
by John Coltrane
195831631,889 Lady In Satin (702nd)
by Billie Holiday
195933896,565 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,776235,603

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,244 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:46,555
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,698 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:444 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:9,085
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:303
Average Rating:  84/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:448 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:7,685
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:355
Average Rating:  84/100 (489 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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4.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:379 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:6,158
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:417
Average Rating:  84/100 (447 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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5.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:384 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:6,078
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:429
Average Rating:  80/100 (546 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:318 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,811
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:447
Average Rating:  80/100 (446 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:315 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,456
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:468
Average Rating:  81/100 (352 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:263 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,828
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:645
Average Rating:  79/100 (329 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:3,491
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:702
Average Rating:  80/100 (258 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:241 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,206
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:757
Average Rating:  81/100 (254 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 33 3%
1951 44 4%
1952 48 5%
1953 48 5%
1954 67 7%
1955 92 9%
1956 128 13%
1957 165 17%
1958 177 18%
1959 198 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 790 79%
Mixed Nationality 45 5%
France 28 3%
Canada 18 2%
Brazil 16 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Germany 11 1%
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