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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
42.

The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:71 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:809
Rank in 1950s42Overall Rank:2,477
Average Rating:  80/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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321.

Crew Cut CapersCanada The Crew Cuts
Year of Release:1954Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1954:19Rank Score:80
Rank in 1950s321Overall Rank:15,807
Average Rating:  71/100 (7 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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359.

On The TownCanada The Oscar Peterson Trio
Year of Release:1958Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1958:67Rank Score:70
Rank in 1950s359Overall Rank:17,528
Average Rating:  73/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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386.

Country ClassicsCanada Hank Snow
Year of Release:1952Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1952:21Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s386Overall Rank:18,850
Average Rating:  69/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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469.

The Jazz Soul Of Oscar PetersonCanada The Oscar Peterson Trio
Year of Release:1959Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1959:97Rank Score:42
Rank in 1950s469Overall Rank:22,972
Average Rating:  71/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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577.

FavoritesCanada Hank Snow
Year of Release:1950Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1950:17Rank Score:28
Rank in 1950s577Overall Rank:26,799
Average Rating:  71/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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615.

1ère Série: Félix Leclerc Chante Ses Derniers SuccèsCanada Félix Leclerc
Year of Release:1951Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1951:27Rank Score:25
Rank in 1950s615Overall Rank:27,866
Average Rating:  71/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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736.

Oscar Peterson Plays Duke EllingtonCanada Oscar Peterson
Year of Release:1952Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1952:38Rank Score:20
Rank in 1950s736Overall Rank:30,882
Average Rating:  71/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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824.

Hank Snow's Country GuitarCanada Hank Snow
Year of Release:1954Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1954:59Rank Score:17
Rank in 1950s824Overall Rank:33,144
Average Rating:  70/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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865.

The Crew Cuts On The CampusCanada The Crew Cuts
Year of Release:1953Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1953:45Rank Score:16
Rank in 1950s865Overall Rank:34,237
Average Rating:  73/100 (1 vote)
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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