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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 37,000 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.
1950663,463 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,485th)
by Benny Goodman
1951963,305 Hank Williams Sings (3,340th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521136,539 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,393rd)
by Various Artists
19531254,685 Black Coffee (2,460th)
by Peggy Lee
19541479,433 Chet Baker Sings (1,247th)
by Chet Baker
195522112,848 In The Wee Small Hours (448th)
by Frank Sinatra
195630634,118 Elvis Presley (422nd)
by Elvis Presley
195739439,411 Blue Train (419th)
by John Coltrane
195841333,860 Lady In Satin (716th)
by Billie Holiday
1959410100,554 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,291248,216

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
224.

Club Session With ColyerUnited Kingdom Ken Colyer's Jazzmen
Year of Release:1956Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1956:33Rank Score:124
Rank in 1950s224Overall Rank:10,767
Average Rating:  64/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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290.

Grieg: Peer GyntUnited Kingdom Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:55Rank Score:94
Rank in 1950s290Overall Rank:13,836
Average Rating:  71/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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348.

CliffUnited Kingdom Cliff Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1959:77Rank Score:77
Rank in 1950s348Overall Rank:16,633
Average Rating:  72/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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360.

Lonnie Donegan ShowcaseUnited Kingdom Lonnie Donegan
Year of Release:1956Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1956:50Rank Score:75
Rank in 1950s360Overall Rank:16,915
Average Rating:  74/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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391.

Cliff SingsUnited Kingdom Cliff Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1959:84Rank Score:64
Rank in 1950s391Overall Rank:18,944
Average Rating:  70/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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520.

LonnieUnited Kingdom Lonnie Donegan
Year of Release:1957Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1957:92Rank Score:38
Rank in 1950s520Overall Rank:24,576
Average Rating:  71/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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560.

After DarkUnited Kingdom Marian McPartland
Year of Release:1955Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1955:38Rank Score:34
Rank in 1950s560Overall Rank:25,690
Average Rating:  71/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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613.

The Shearing SpellUnited Kingdom The George Shearing Quintet
Year of Release:1955Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1955:48Rank Score:29
Rank in 1950s613Overall Rank:27,325
Average Rating:  70/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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638.

After Lights OutUnited Kingdom The Tubby Hayes Quintet
Year of Release:1957Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1957:114Rank Score:27
Rank in 1950s638Overall Rank:27,998
Average Rating:  74/100 (2 votes)
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645.

PlaytimeUnited Kingdom Don Rendell Jazz Six
Year of Release:1958Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1958:115Rank Score:26
Rank in 1950s645Overall Rank:28,084
Average Rating:  75/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 40 4%
1952 49 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 126 13%
1957 165 17%
1958 180 18%
1959 195 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 1%
Billie Holiday 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 752 75%
Mixed Nationality 56 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 36 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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