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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... (2,453rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951873,384 Hank Williams Sings (3,262nd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521006,404 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,550th)
by Various Artists
19531064,480 Black Coffee (2,403rd)
by Peggy Lee
19541249,153 Chet Baker Sings (1,217th)
by Chet Baker
195517512,116 In The Wee Small Hours (441st)
by Frank Sinatra
195625832,768 Elvis Presley (428th)
by Elvis Presley
195733938,210 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195836032,689 Lady In Satin (702nd)
by Billie Holiday
195936898,015 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,973240,250

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
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,268 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:47,137
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,723 votes)
Comments: 124 comments
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12.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:2,988
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:820
Average Rating:  81/100 (325 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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28.

'Round About MidnightUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1957:7Rank Score:1,371
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,614
Average Rating:  80/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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35.

MilestonesUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:122 charts
Rank in 1958:6Rank Score:1,094
Rank in 1950s35Overall Rank:1,967
Average Rating:  79/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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36.

Ascenseur Pour L'ÉchafaudUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1958:7Rank Score:1,087
Rank in 1950s36Overall Rank:1,971
Average Rating:  79/100 (128 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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43.

Porgy And BessUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1958:9Rank Score:806
Rank in 1950s43Overall Rank:2,483
Average Rating:  78/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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65.

Miles AheadUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:567
Rank in 1950s65Overall Rank:3,232
Average Rating:  80/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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210.

Bags' Groove
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:130
Rank in 1950s210Overall Rank:10,163
Average Rating:  75/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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257.

Blue HazeUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1954Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1954:17Rank Score:104
Rank in 1950s257Overall Rank:12,312
Average Rating:  74/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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300.

Blue MoodsUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1955Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1955:18Rank Score:89
Rank in 1950s300Overall Rank:14,377
Average Rating:  72/100 (24 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%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 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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