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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 32,000 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.
1950522,626 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,895th)
by Benny Goodman
1951682,816 Hank Williams Sings (3,211th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952794,775 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,628th)
by Various Artists
1953834,711 Black Coffee (2,298th)
by Peggy Lee
1954927,676 Chet Baker Sings (1,258th)
by Chet Baker
195513210,767 In The Wee Small Hours (436th)
by Frank Sinatra
195621030,022 Elvis Presley (413th)
by Elvis Presley
195727335,003 Blue Train (428th)
by John Coltrane
195829329,386 Lady In Satin (715th)
by Billie Holiday
195931691,817 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,598219,598

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:1,177 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:45,527
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,585 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:418 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:8,596
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:299
Average Rating:  84/100 (450 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:410 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:7,161
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:352
Average Rating:  84/100 (449 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:370 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,920
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:412
Average Rating:  80/100 (518 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:351 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:5,692
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:429
Average Rating:  84/100 (408 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:307 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,636
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:436
Average Rating:  80/100 (420 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,096
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:478
Average Rating:  81/100 (329 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,665
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:641
Average Rating:  78/100 (299 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:231 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:3,303
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:708
Average Rating:  79/100 (237 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,138
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:741
Average Rating:  81/100 (234 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 41 4%
1952 46 5%
1953 53 5%
1954 68 7%
1955 81 8%
1956 126 13%
1957 177 18%
1958 177 18%
1959 200 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Billie Holiday 17 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 818 82%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
France 27 3%
Canada 19 2%
Brazil 12 1%
United Kingdom 11 1%
Germany 7 1%
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