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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.
1950563,031 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,455th)
by Benny Goodman
1951873,351 Hank Williams Sings (3,265th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521006,404 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,552nd)
by Various Artists
19531064,471 Black Coffee (2,448th)
by Peggy Lee
19541249,132 Chet Baker Sings (1,220th)
by Chet Baker
195517512,104 In The Wee Small Hours (443rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195625832,783 Elvis Presley (428th)
by Elvis Presley
195733938,199 Blue Train (426th)
by John Coltrane
195836032,733 Lady In Satin (702nd)
by Billie Holiday
195936898,018 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,973240,227

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
31.

Sarah VaughanUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1954Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1954:2Rank Score:1,277
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,717
Average Rating:  80/100 (86 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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207.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1955Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1955:11Rank Score:137
Rank in 1950s207Overall Rank:9,795
Average Rating:  76/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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273.

At Mister Kelly'sUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1957Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1957:56Rank Score:98
Rank in 1950s273Overall Rank:13,040
Average Rating:  75/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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392.

In The Land Of Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1955Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1955:26Rank Score:60
Rank in 1950s392Overall Rank:19,346
Average Rating:  73/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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429.

Hot JazzUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1953Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1953:23Rank Score:50
Rank in 1950s429Overall Rank:21,201
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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442.

The Divine SarahUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1954Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1954:31Rank Score:48
Rank in 1950s442Overall Rank:21,764
Average Rating:  70/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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461.

Swingin' EasyUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1957Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1957:82Rank Score:44
Rank in 1950s461Overall Rank:22,590
Average Rating:  72/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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528.

Vaughan And ViolinsUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1959Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1959:112Rank Score:34
Rank in 1950s528Overall Rank:25,128
Average Rating:  73/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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670.

ImagesUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1954Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1954:45Rank Score:22
Rank in 1950s670Overall Rank:29,229
Average Rating:  71/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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694.

No Count SarahUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1958Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1958:127Rank Score:21
Rank in 1950s694Overall Rank:29,839
Average Rating:  74/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 29 3%
1951 45 5%
1952 50 5%
1953 50 5%
1954 73 7%
1955 87 9%
1956 127 13%
1957 163 16%
1958 181 18%
1959 195 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 776 78%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
United Kingdom 30 3%
France 27 3%
Brazil 25 3%
Canada 14 1%
Germany 11 1%
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