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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 38,000 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.
1950683,775 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,545th)
by Benny Goodman
19511013,286 Hank Williams Sings (3,373rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521156,888 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,445th)
by Various Artists
19531314,772 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541549,656 Chet Baker Sings (1,227th)
by Chet Baker
195522513,207 In The Wee Small Hours (433rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,900 Elvis Presley (426th)
by Elvis Presley
195740840,728 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195842535,395 Lady In Satin (696th)
by Billie Holiday
1959428102,441 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,371255,048

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy Holly, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
233.

Club Session With ColyerUnited Kingdom Ken Colyer's Jazzmen
Year of Release:1956Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1956:36Rank Score:124
Rank in 1950s233Overall Rank:10,884
Average Rating:  65/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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303.

Grieg: Peer GyntUnited Kingdom Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1958:57Rank Score:93
Rank in 1950s303Overall Rank:14,257
Average Rating:  71/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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357.

CliffUnited Kingdom Cliff Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1959:77Rank Score:77
Rank in 1950s357Overall Rank:16,818
Average Rating:  72/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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363.

Lonnie Donegan ShowcaseUnited Kingdom Lonnie Donegan
Year of Release:1956Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1956:49Rank Score:75
Rank in 1950s363Overall Rank:17,122
Average Rating:  74/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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393.

Cliff SingsUnited Kingdom Cliff Richard
Year of Release:1959Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1959:84Rank Score:64
Rank in 1950s393Overall Rank:19,210
Average Rating:  70/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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532.

LonnieUnited Kingdom Lonnie Donegan
Year of Release:1957Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1957:94Rank Score:38
Rank in 1950s532Overall Rank:24,923
Average Rating:  71/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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620.

The Shearing SpellUnited Kingdom The George Shearing Quintet
Year of Release:1955Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1955:49Rank Score:29
Rank in 1950s620Overall Rank:27,743
Average Rating:  70/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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642.

After Lights OutUnited Kingdom The Tubby Hayes Quintet
Year of Release:1957Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1957:114Rank Score:27
Rank in 1950s642Overall Rank:28,417
Average Rating:  74/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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647.

PlaytimeUnited Kingdom Don Rendell Jazz Six
Year of Release:1958Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1958:117Rank Score:26
Rank in 1950s647Overall Rank:28,498
Average Rating:  75/100 (2 votes)
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658.

False True LoversUnited Kingdom Shirley Collins
Year of Release:1959Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1959:127Rank Score:26
Rank in 1950s658Overall Rank:28,629
Average Rating:  73/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 75 8%
1955 89 9%
1956 123 12%
1957 165 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 191 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 745 75%
Mixed Nationality 58 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 34 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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