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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
6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:333 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,973
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:448
Average Rating:  80/100 (471 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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12.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:208 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:3,007
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:836
Average Rating:  79/100 (258 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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23.

Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The LonelyUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1958:4Rank Score:1,626
Rank in 1950s23Overall Rank:1,424
Average Rating:  78/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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47.

Come Fly With MeUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1958:10Rank Score:734
Rank in 1950s47Overall Rank:2,710
Average Rating:  73/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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56.

Songs For Young LoversUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1954Appears in:75 charts
Rank in 1954:3Rank Score:621
Rank in 1950s56Overall Rank:3,058
Average Rating:  76/100 (73 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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78.

Come Dance With Me!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1959:16Rank Score:474
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:3,799
Average Rating:  73/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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97.

A Swingin' Affair!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1957Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1957:19Rank Score:380
Rank in 1950s97Overall Rank:4,536
Average Rating:  75/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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106.

Swing Easy!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1954Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1954:7Rank Score:343
Rank in 1950s106Overall Rank:4,950
Average Rating:  73/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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150.

No One CaresUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1959:29Rank Score:221
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:6,999
Average Rating:  77/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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152.

Where Are You?United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1957Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1957:27Rank Score:221
Rank in 1950s152Overall Rank:7,014
Average Rating:  76/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 2 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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