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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
258.

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"Germany Wilhelm Furtwangler / Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of Release:1953Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1953:12Rank Score:104
Rank in 1950s258Overall Rank:12,299
Average Rating:  78/100 (6 votes)
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267.

J.S.Bach: Passio Secundum MatthaeumGermany Karl Richter
Year of Release:1959Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1959:54Rank Score:101
Rank in 1950s267Overall Rank:12,721
Average Rating:  75/100 (5 votes)
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269.

J. S. Bach: Die Kunst Der FugeGermany Helmut Walcha
Year of Release:1956Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1956:39Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s269Overall Rank:12,785
Average Rating:  72/100 (3 votes)
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350.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9Germany Wilhelm Furtwängler / Bayreuth Festpiele Orchester Und Chor
Year of Release:1955Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1955:23Rank Score:74
Rank in 1950s350Overall Rank:16,886
Average Rating:  75/100 (3 votes)
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372.

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Studie I / Studie II / Gesang Der JünglingeGermany Studio Für Elektronische Musik (Köln)
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:67Rank Score:67
Rank in 1950s372Overall Rank:17,980
Average Rating:  72/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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422.

Carl Orff: Carmina BuranaGermany Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt / Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of Release:1954Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1954:28Rank Score:52
Rank in 1950s422Overall Rank:20,926
Average Rating:  72/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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686.

Die DreigroschenoperGermany Kurt Weill / Bert Brecht
Year of Release:1958Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1958:122Rank Score:22
Rank in 1950s686Overall Rank:29,567
Average Rating:  67/100 (3 votes)
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787.

Wagner: Die WalküreGermany Wilhelm Furtwangler / Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1955:62Rank Score:18
Rank in 1950s787Overall Rank:32,197
Average Rating:  74/100 (2 votes)
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802.

Humperdinck: Hänsel Und GretelGermany Fritz Lehmann / Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of Release:1957Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1957:133Rank Score:18
Rank in 1950s802Overall Rank:32,529
Average Rating:  75/100 (2 votes)
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910.

Richard Strauss: Ariadne Auf NaxosGermany Herbert von Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1955:77Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s910Overall Rank:35,931
Average Rating:  74/100 (2 votes)
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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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