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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 29,000 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.
1950533,258 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,736th)
by Benny Goodman
1951642,475 Hank Williams Sings (3,179th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952724,339 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,441st)
by Various Artists
1953793,961 Black Coffee (2,450th)
by Peggy Lee
1954867,081 Chet Baker Sings (1,287th)
by Chet Baker
19551209,926 In The Wee Small Hours (446th)
by Frank Sinatra
195619828,146 Elvis Presley (412th)
by Elvis Presley
195725332,007 Blue Train (440th)
by John Coltrane
195827426,577 Lady In Satin (729th)
by Billie Holiday
195929585,859 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,494203,628

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

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,118 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:43,350
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,494 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:392 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:8,132
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:302
Average Rating:  84/100 (420 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:378 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:6,448
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:362
Average Rating:  84/100 (409 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:344 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,616
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:412
Average Rating:  80/100 (474 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:327 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:5,214
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:440
Average Rating:  84/100 (381 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:281 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,181
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:446
Average Rating:  80/100 (386 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:274 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,573
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:495
Average Rating:  81/100 (307 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:232 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,425
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:647
Average Rating:  78/100 (286 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:208 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:2,994
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:729
Average Rating:  80/100 (217 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:201 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,824
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:767
Average Rating:  81/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 34 3%
1951 42 4%
1952 43 4%
1953 48 5%
1954 67 7%
1955 85 9%
1956 122 12%
1957 178 18%
1958 181 18%
1959 200 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 2%
Miles Davis 17 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 825 83%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
France 24 2%
Canada 18 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 6 1%
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