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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
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,268 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:47,137
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,723 votes)
Comments: 124 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:454 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:9,330
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:298
Average Rating:  84/100 (500 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:461 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:7,814
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:354
Average Rating:  84/100 (497 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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4.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:387 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:6,223
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:418
Average Rating:  84/100 (458 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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5.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:400 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:6,159
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  80/100 (558 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:330 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,956
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:441
Average Rating:  80/100 (454 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:322 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,505
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:468
Average Rating:  82/100 (359 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:268 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,863
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:646
Average Rating:  79/100 (334 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:247 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:3,523
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:702
Average Rating:  80/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:249 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,332
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:739
Average Rating:  81/100 (258 votes)
Comments: 8 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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