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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
104.

Chante Les Chansons Poétiques no1France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1953:2Rank Score:332
Rank in 1950s104Overall Rank:4,985
Average Rating:  71/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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111.

Du chant à la une!...France Serge Gainsbourg
Year of Release:1958Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1958:27Rank Score:300
Rank in 1950s111Overall Rank:5,396
Average Rating:  72/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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162.

La Vie En RoseFrance Edith Piaf
Year of Release:1952Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:194
Rank in 1950s162Overall Rank:7,556
Average Rating:  73/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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197.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:146
Rank in 1950s197Overall Rank:9,318
Average Rating:  73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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212.

Chansons Possibles Et ImpossiblesFrance Boris Vian
Year of Release:1956Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1956:31Rank Score:130
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:10,233
Average Rating:  75/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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323.

N°2France Serge Gainsbourg
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:71Rank Score:80
Rank in 1950s323Overall Rank:15,892
Average Rating:  72/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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346.

Delirium In Hi-FiFrance Andre Popp
Year of Release:1958Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1958:63Rank Score:74
Rank in 1950s346Overall Rank:16,747
Average Rating:  72/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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353.

Legrand JazzFrance Michel Legrand
Year of Release:1958Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1958:64Rank Score:72
Rank in 1950s353Overall Rank:17,177
Average Rating:  69/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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375.

Prélude Au SommeilFrance Jean-Jacques Perrey
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:73Rank Score:66
Rank in 1950s375Overall Rank:18,174
Average Rating:  73/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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463.

No. 4France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1956Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1956:55Rank Score:43
Rank in 1950s463Overall Rank:22,783
Average Rating:  74/100 (10 votes)
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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