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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 36,000 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.
1950653,467 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,477th)
by Benny Goodman
1951973,339 Hank Williams Sings (3,341st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521126,646 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,397th)
by Various Artists
19531254,686 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541449,421 Chet Baker Sings (1,253rd)
by Chet Baker
195521612,800 In The Wee Small Hours (450th)
by Frank Sinatra
195630334,099 Elvis Presley (419th)
by Elvis Presley
195738939,382 Blue Train (417th)
by John Coltrane
195840433,838 Lady In Satin (713th)
by Billie Holiday
1959406100,512 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,261248,189

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
43.

The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz ConcertUnited States Benny Goodman
Year of Release:1950Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1950:1Rank Score:823
Rank in 1950s43Overall Rank:2,477
Average Rating:  72/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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94.

Talking Dust BowlUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1950Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1950:2Rank Score:397
Rank in 1950s94Overall Rank:4,376
Average Rating:  75/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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107.

Voice Of The XtabayPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1950Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1950:3Rank Score:337
Rank in 1950s107Overall Rank:5,027
Average Rating:  75/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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121.

Charlie Parker With StringsUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1950Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1950:4Rank Score:283
Rank in 1950s121Overall Rank:5,753
Average Rating:  75/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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135.

Ella Sings GershwinUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1950Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1950:5Rank Score:251
Rank in 1950s135Overall Rank:6,324
Average Rating:  75/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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192.

The New SoundUnited States Les Paul
Year of Release:1950Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1950:6Rank Score:159
Rank in 1950s192Overall Rank:8,902
Average Rating:  73/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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208.

Innovations In Modern MusicUnited States Stan Kenton And His Orchestra
Year of Release:1950Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:139
Rank in 1950s208Overall Rank:9,894
Average Rating:  72/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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243.

Night In ManhattanUnited States Lee Wiley
Year of Release:1950Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s243Overall Rank:11,578
Average Rating:  74/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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288.

Billie Holiday Sings (1950)
Compilation
United States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1950Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1950:9Rank Score:97
Rank in 1950s288Overall Rank:13,521
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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333.

Sones Of MexicoMexico Trio Aguilillas
Year of Release:1950Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1950:10Rank Score:81
Rank in 1950s333Overall Rank:15,960
Average Rating:  73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 41 4%
1952 49 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 126 13%
1957 165 17%
1958 180 18%
1959 193 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 752 75%
Mixed Nationality 55 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 36 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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