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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
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,309 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:48,502
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,810 votes)
Comments: 133 comments
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13.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1957:4Rank Score:3,063
Rank in 1950s13Overall Rank:831
Average Rating:  81/100 (342 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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26.

'Round About MidnightUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1957:7Rank Score:1,543
Rank in 1950s26Overall Rank:1,514
Average Rating:  81/100 (217 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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35.

Ascenseur Pour L'ÉchafaudUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1958:6Rank Score:1,199
Rank in 1950s35Overall Rank:1,874
Average Rating:  79/100 (142 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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36.

MilestonesUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1958:7Rank Score:1,198
Rank in 1950s36Overall Rank:1,875
Average Rating:  79/100 (153 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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41.

Porgy And BessUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1958:9Rank Score:882
Rank in 1950s41Overall Rank:2,381
Average Rating:  79/100 (136 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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61.

Miles AheadUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1957:12Rank Score:620
Rank in 1950s61Overall Rank:3,093
Average Rating:  79/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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183.

Bags' Groove
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1957:37Rank Score:170
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:8,554
Average Rating:  76/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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264.

Blue HazeUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1954Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1954:18Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s264Overall Rank:12,223
Average Rating:  74/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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278.

Blue MoodsUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1955Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1955:16Rank Score:103
Rank in 1950s278Overall Rank:12,795
Average Rating:  73/100 (27 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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