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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
41.

The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz ConcertUnited States Benny Goodman
Year of Release:1950Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1950:1Rank Score:817
Rank in 1950s41Overall Rank:2,452
Average Rating:  73/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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90.

Talking Dust BowlUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1950Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1950:2Rank Score:392
Rank in 1950s90Overall Rank:4,332
Average Rating:  75/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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108.

Voice Of The XtabayPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1950Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1950:3Rank Score:323
Rank in 1950s108Overall Rank:5,086
Average Rating:  73/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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123.

Charlie Parker With StringsUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1950Appears in:53 charts
Rank in 1950:4Rank Score:274
Rank in 1950s123Overall Rank:5,766
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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186.

The New SoundUnited States Les Paul
Year of Release:1950Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1950:5Rank Score:156
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:8,888
Average Rating:  73/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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217.

Innovations In Modern MusicUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1950Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1950:6Rank Score:124
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:10,570
Average Rating:  73/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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229.

Night In ManhattanUnited States Lee Wiley
Year of Release:1950Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:116
Rank in 1950s229Overall Rank:11,157
Average Rating:  75/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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293.

Billie Holiday Sings (1950)
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United States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1950Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s293Overall Rank:14,167
Average Rating:  73/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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320.

Sones Of MexicoMexico Trio Aguilillas
Year of Release:1950Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1950:9Rank Score:81
Rank in 1950s320Overall Rank:15,751
Average Rating:  73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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399.

Nat King Cole At The PianoUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1950Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1950:10Rank Score:58
Rank in 1950s399Overall Rank:19,721
Average Rating:  71/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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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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