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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
239.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9Germany Wilhelm Furtwängler / Bayreuth Festpiele Orchester Und Chor
Year of Release:1955Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1955:14Rank Score:116
Rank in 1950s239Overall Rank:11,407
Average Rating:  76/100 (4 votes)
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273.

J.S.Bach: Passio Secundum MatthaeumGermany Karl Richter
Year of Release:1959Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1959:56Rank Score:101
Rank in 1950s273Overall Rank:12,945
Average Rating:  75/100 (5 votes)
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277.

J. S. Bach: Die Kunst Der FugeGermany Helmut Walcha
Year of Release:1956Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1956:40Rank Score:100
Rank in 1950s277Overall Rank:13,000
Average Rating:  72/100 (3 votes)
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378.

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Studie I / Studie II / Gesang Der JünglingeGermany Studio Für Elektronische Musik (Köln)
Year of Release:1957Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1957:68Rank Score:70
Rank in 1950s378Overall Rank:17,868
Average Rating:  72/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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751.

Die DreigroschenoperGermany Kurt Weill / Bert Brecht
Year of Release:1958Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1958:139Rank Score:22
Rank in 1950s751Overall Rank:30,439
Average Rating:  67/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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874.

Humperdinck: Hänsel Und GretelGermany Fritz Lehmann / Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of Release:1957Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1957:141Rank Score:18
Rank in 1950s874Overall Rank:33,634
Average Rating:  75/100 (2 votes)
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954.

Richard Strauss: CapriccioGermany Wolfgang Sawallisch / Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
Year of Release:1957Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1957:157Rank Score:15
Rank in 1950s954Overall Rank:36,090
Average Rating:  75/100 (2 votes)
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995.

Richard Strauss: Ariadne Auf NaxosGermany Herbert von Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1955:89Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s995Overall Rank:37,198
Average Rating:  74/100 (2 votes)
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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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