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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 37,000 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.
1950663,463 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,485th)
by Benny Goodman
1951963,305 Hank Williams Sings (3,340th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521136,539 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,393rd)
by Various Artists
19531254,685 Black Coffee (2,460th)
by Peggy Lee
19541479,433 Chet Baker Sings (1,247th)
by Chet Baker
195522112,848 In The Wee Small Hours (448th)
by Frank Sinatra
195630634,118 Elvis Presley (422nd)
by Elvis Presley
195739439,411 Blue Train (419th)
by John Coltrane
195841333,860 Lady In Satin (716th)
by Billie Holiday
1959410100,554 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,291248,216

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
27.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song BookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:122 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,401
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,619
Average Rating:  77/100 (109 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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82.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1959Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1959:18Rank Score:455
Rank in 1950s82Overall Rank:3,935
Average Rating:  77/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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135.

Ella Sings GershwinUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1950Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1950:5Rank Score:251
Rank in 1950s135Overall Rank:6,327
Average Rating:  75/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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148.

Like Someone In LoveUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1957Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1957:26Rank Score:222
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:6,992
Average Rating:  77/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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163.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1957Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:198
Rank in 1950s163Overall Rank:7,594
Average Rating:  76/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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197.

Lullabies Of BirdlandUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1955Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1955:10Rank Score:153
Rank in 1950s197Overall Rank:9,200
Average Rating:  73/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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251.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers And Hart SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1956:38Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s251Overall Rank:11,856
Average Rating:  75/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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259.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1958:50Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s259Overall Rank:12,038
Average Rating:  76/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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414.

Songs In A Mellow MoodUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1954Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1954:27Rank Score:58
Rank in 1950s414Overall Rank:20,144
Average Rating:  72/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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543.

Ella Swings LightlyUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1958:100Rank Score:35
Rank in 1950s543Overall Rank:25,298
Average Rating:  74/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 40 4%
1952 49 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 126 13%
1957 165 17%
1958 180 18%
1959 195 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 1%
Billie Holiday 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 752 75%
Mixed Nationality 56 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 36 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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