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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
102.

Chante Les Chansons Poétiques no1France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1953:2Rank Score:357
Rank in 1950s102Overall Rank:4,794
Average Rating:  71/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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117.

Du chant à la une!...France Serge Gainsbourg
Year of Release:1958Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1958:28Rank Score:300
Rank in 1950s117Overall Rank:5,496
Average Rating:  72/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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173.

La Vie En RoseFrance Edith Piaf
Year of Release:1952Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1952:11Rank Score:180
Rank in 1950s173Overall Rank:8,152
Average Rating:  73/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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203.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:146
Rank in 1950s203Overall Rank:9,513
Average Rating:  73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

Chansons Possibles Et ImpossiblesFrance Boris Vian
Year of Release:1956Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1956:32Rank Score:132
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:10,306
Average Rating:  75/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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340.

N°2France Serge Gainsbourg
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:73Rank Score:80
Rank in 1950s340Overall Rank:16,199
Average Rating:  72/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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357.

Delirium In Hi-FiFrance Andre Popp
Year of Release:1958Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1958:68Rank Score:76
Rank in 1950s357Overall Rank:16,850
Average Rating:  72/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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365.

Prélude Au SommeilFrance Jean-Jacques Perrey
Year of Release:1958Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1958:70Rank Score:73
Rank in 1950s365Overall Rank:17,303
Average Rating:  73/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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368.

Legrand JazzFrance Michel Legrand
Year of Release:1958Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1958:71Rank Score:72
Rank in 1950s368Overall Rank:17,516
Average Rating:  69/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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479.

No. 4France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1956Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1956:56Rank Score:43
Rank in 1950s479Overall Rank:23,194
Average Rating:  74/100 (11 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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