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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... (2,453rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951873,384 Hank Williams Sings (3,262nd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521006,404 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,550th)
by Various Artists
19531064,480 Black Coffee (2,403rd)
by Peggy Lee
19541249,153 Chet Baker Sings (1,217th)
by Chet Baker
195517512,116 In The Wee Small Hours (441st)
by Frank Sinatra
195625832,768 Elvis Presley (428th)
by Elvis Presley
195733938,210 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195836032,689 Lady In Satin (702nd)
by Billie Holiday
195936898,015 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,973240,250

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
222.

Club Session With ColyerUnited Kingdom Ken Colyer's Jazzmen
Year of Release:1956Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1956:32Rank Score:123
Rank in 1950s222Overall Rank:10,678
Average Rating:  65/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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282.

Grieg: Peer GyntUnited Kingdom Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1958:50Rank Score:96
Rank in 1950s282Overall Rank:13,428
Average Rating:  71/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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308.

Cliff SingsUnited Kingdom Cliff Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1959:67Rank Score:86
Rank in 1950s308Overall Rank:14,822
Average Rating:  68/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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357.

CliffUnited Kingdom Cliff Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1959:77Rank Score:71
Rank in 1950s357Overall Rank:17,267
Average Rating:  72/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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385.

Lonnie Donegan ShowcaseUnited Kingdom Lonnie Donegan
Year of Release:1956Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1956:51Rank Score:62
Rank in 1950s385Overall Rank:18,819
Average Rating:  74/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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502.

LonnieUnited Kingdom Lonnie Donegan
Year of Release:1957Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1957:91Rank Score:38
Rank in 1950s502Overall Rank:24,044
Average Rating:  71/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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621.

After Lights OutUnited Kingdom The Tubby Hayes Quintet
Year of Release:1957Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1957:112Rank Score:25
Rank in 1950s621Overall Rank:27,900
Average Rating:  75/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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640.

In ConcertUnited Kingdom The Jazz Couriers Featuring Ronnie Scott And Tubby Hayes
Year of Release:1958Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1958:112Rank Score:24
Rank in 1950s640Overall Rank:28,301
Average Rating:  75/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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664.

Don Rendell Presents The Jazz SixUnited Kingdom Don Rendell
Year of Release:1957Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1957:116Rank Score:23
Rank in 1950s664Overall Rank:28,986
Average Rating:  75/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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669.

The Bewitching Miss BasseyUnited Kingdom Shirley Bassey
Year of Release:1959Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1959:133Rank Score:23
Rank in 1950s669Overall Rank:29,098
Average Rating:  72/100 (3 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%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 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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