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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.
1950683,636 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,541st)
by Benny Goodman
19511013,268 Hank Williams Sings (3,353rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,802 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,444th)
by Various Artists
19531314,740 Black Coffee (2,484th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,551 Chet Baker Sings (1,241st)
by Chet Baker
195522313,088 In The Wee Small Hours (432nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,454 Elvis Presley (431st)
by Elvis Presley
195740740,366 Blue Train (414th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,789 Lady In Satin (698th)
by Billie Holiday
1959425101,730 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,362252,424

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
42.

Anthology Of American Folk Music
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1952Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1952:1Rank Score:845
Rank in 1950s42Overall Rank:2,444
Average Rating:  78/100 (64 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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141.

The Wizard Of Oz: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1956Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1956:23Rank Score:244
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:6,510
Average Rating:  73/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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318.

Gigi
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:58Rank Score:88
Rank in 1950s318Overall Rank:14,879
Average Rating:  72/100 (7 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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410.

Oklahoma! (Soundtrack)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1955Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1955:29Rank Score:59
Rank in 1950s410Overall Rank:19,986
Average Rating:  71/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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441.

The Pygmies Of The Ituri ForestMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1958Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1958:87Rank Score:51
Rank in 1950s441Overall Rank:21,689
Average Rating:  75/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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443.

Singin' In The RainMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1952Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1952:23Rank Score:51
Rank in 1950s443Overall Rank:21,699
Average Rating:  73/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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593.

South PacificMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1958Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1958:108Rank Score:31
Rank in 1950s593Overall Rank:26,789
Average Rating:  67/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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595.

Music Of The Ituri ForestMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1957Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1957:106Rank Score:31
Rank in 1950s595Overall Rank:26,827
Average Rating:  68/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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689.

An American In ParisMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1951Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1951:27Rank Score:24
Rank in 1950s689Overall Rank:29,257
Average Rating:  71/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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748.

Carmen Jones (From The Original Sound Track)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1954Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1954:53Rank Score:22
Rank in 1950s748Overall Rank:30,686
Average Rating:  72/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 48 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 124 12%
1957 168 17%
1958 181 18%
1959 193 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 14 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
Thelonious Monk 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 741 74%
Mixed Nationality 59 6%
Brazil 38 4%
United Kingdom 37 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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