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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 38,000 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.
1950683,775 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,545th)
by Benny Goodman
19511013,286 Hank Williams Sings (3,373rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521156,888 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,445th)
by Various Artists
19531314,772 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541549,656 Chet Baker Sings (1,227th)
by Chet Baker
195522513,207 In The Wee Small Hours (433rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,900 Elvis Presley (426th)
by Elvis Presley
195740840,728 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195842535,395 Lady In Satin (696th)
by Billie Holiday
1959428102,441 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,371255,048

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
28.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song BookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,431
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,603
Average Rating:  78/100 (114 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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83.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1959Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1959:18Rank Score:466
Rank in 1950s83Overall Rank:3,887
Average Rating:  77/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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136.

Ella Sings GershwinUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1950Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1950:5Rank Score:258
Rank in 1950s136Overall Rank:6,244
Average Rating:  74/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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150.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1957Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1957:27Rank Score:227
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:6,932
Average Rating:  77/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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177.

Like Someone In LoveUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1957Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1957:34Rank Score:177
Rank in 1950s177Overall Rank:8,335
Average Rating:  77/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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188.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers And Hart SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1956:27Rank Score:164
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:8,809
Average Rating:  75/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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200.

Lullabies Of BirdlandUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1955Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1955:10Rank Score:153
Rank in 1950s200Overall Rank:9,299
Average Rating:  73/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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266.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1958:49Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s266Overall Rank:12,238
Average Rating:  76/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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424.

Songs In A Mellow MoodUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1954Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1954:27Rank Score:58
Rank in 1950s424Overall Rank:20,411
Average Rating:  72/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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552.

Ella Swings LightlyUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1958:103Rank Score:35
Rank in 1950s552Overall Rank:25,657
Average Rating:  74/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 75 8%
1955 89 9%
1956 123 12%
1957 165 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 191 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 745 75%
Mixed Nationality 58 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 34 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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