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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 36,000 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.
1950653,467 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,477th)
by Benny Goodman
1951973,339 Hank Williams Sings (3,341st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521126,646 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,397th)
by Various Artists
19531254,686 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541449,421 Chet Baker Sings (1,253rd)
by Chet Baker
195521612,800 In The Wee Small Hours (450th)
by Frank Sinatra
195630334,099 Elvis Presley (419th)
by Elvis Presley
195738939,382 Blue Train (417th)
by John Coltrane
195840433,838 Lady In Satin (713th)
by Billie Holiday
1959406100,512 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,261248,189

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
41.

Anthology Of American Folk Music
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1952Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1952:1Rank Score:859
Rank in 1950s41Overall Rank:2,397
Average Rating:  78/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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138.

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 1950s138Overall Rank:6,466
Average Rating:  73/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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310.

Gigi
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:58Rank Score:88
Rank in 1950s310Overall Rank:14,769
Average Rating:  72/100 (7 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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404.

Oklahoma! (Soundtrack)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1955Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1955:28Rank Score:60
Rank in 1950s404Overall Rank:19,797
Average Rating:  71/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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434.

The Pygmies Of The Ituri ForestMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1958Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1958:86Rank Score:53
Rank in 1950s434Overall Rank:21,149
Average Rating:  75/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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461.

Singin' In The RainMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1952Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1952:23Rank Score:48
Rank in 1950s461Overall Rank:22,250
Average Rating:  73/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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586.

South PacificMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1958Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1958:106Rank Score:31
Rank in 1950s586Overall Rank:26,485
Average Rating:  67/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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633.

Music Of The Ituri ForestMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1957Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1957:113Rank Score:27
Rank in 1950s633Overall Rank:27,818
Average Rating:  68/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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648.

An American In ParisMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1951Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1951:26Rank Score:26
Rank in 1950s648Overall Rank:28,086
Average Rating:  71/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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753.

Carmen Jones (From The Original Sound Track)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1954Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1954:52Rank Score:22
Rank in 1950s753Overall Rank:30,450
Average Rating:  72/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 41 4%
1952 49 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 126 13%
1957 165 17%
1958 180 18%
1959 193 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 752 75%
Mixed Nationality 55 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 36 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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