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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
44.

Anthology Of American Folk Music
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1952Appears in:64 charts
Rank in 1952:1Rank Score:778
Rank in 1950s44Overall Rank:2,553
Average Rating:  78/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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135.

The Wizard Of Oz: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1956Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1956:23Rank Score:243
Rank in 1950s135Overall Rank:6,392
Average Rating:  73/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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301.

Gigi
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:55Rank Score:88
Rank in 1950s301Overall Rank:14,498
Average Rating:  72/100 (7 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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398.

Oklahoma! (Soundtrack)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1955Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1955:27Rank Score:58
Rank in 1950s398Overall Rank:19,698
Average Rating:  72/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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418.

The Pygmies Of The Ituri ForestMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1958Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1958:83Rank Score:53
Rank in 1950s418Overall Rank:20,718
Average Rating:  75/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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445.

Singin' In The RainMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1952Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1952:24Rank Score:47
Rank in 1950s445Overall Rank:21,936
Average Rating:  73/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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552.

South PacificMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1958Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1958:98Rank Score:31
Rank in 1950s552Overall Rank:25,896
Average Rating:  67/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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589.

An American In ParisMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1951Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1951:25Rank Score:27
Rank in 1950s589Overall Rank:27,138
Average Rating:  71/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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625.

Music Of The Ituri ForestMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1957Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1957:113Rank Score:24
Rank in 1950s625Overall Rank:28,155
Average Rating:  68/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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687.

Carmen Jones (From The Original Sound Track)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1954Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1954:48Rank Score:22
Rank in 1950s687Overall Rank:29,599
Average Rating:  72/100 (4 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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