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Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 37,000 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.
1950683,636 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,541st)
by Benny Goodman
1951993,255 Hank Williams Sings (3,358th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,803 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,449th)
by Various Artists
19531314,727 Black Coffee (2,485th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,557 Chet Baker Sings (1,242nd)
by Chet Baker
195522313,061 In The Wee Small Hours (436th)
by Frank Sinatra
195631534,418 Elvis Presley (430th)
by Elvis Presley
195740640,404 Blue Train (413th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,794 Lady In Satin (697th)
by Billie Holiday
1959424101,604 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,357252,260

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, Art Blakey and Billie Holiday.
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RankAlbumArtist
44.

The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz ConcertUnited States Benny Goodman
Year of Release:1950Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1950:1Rank Score:806
Rank in 1950s44Overall Rank:2,541
Average Rating:  73/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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93.

Talking Dust BowlUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1950Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1950:2Rank Score:416
Rank in 1950s93Overall Rank:4,254
Average Rating:  75/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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110.

Voice Of The XtabayPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1950Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1950:3Rank Score:338
Rank in 1950s110Overall Rank:5,053
Average Rating:  73/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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122.

Charlie Parker With StringsUnited States Charlie Parker
Year of Release:1950Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1950:4Rank Score:286
Rank in 1950s122Overall Rank:5,759
Average Rating:  76/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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135.

Ella Sings GershwinUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1950Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1950:5Rank Score:258
Rank in 1950s135Overall Rank:6,211
Average Rating:  75/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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186.

The New SoundUnited States Les Paul
Year of Release:1950Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1950:6Rank Score:163
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:8,801
Average Rating:  73/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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206.

Innovations In Modern MusicUnited States Stan Kenton And His Orchestra
Year of Release:1950Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:143
Rank in 1950s206Overall Rank:9,732
Average Rating:  72/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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223.

Chansons ParisiennesFrance Edith Piaf
Year of Release:1950Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1950:8Rank Score:127
Rank in 1950s223Overall Rank:10,696
Average Rating:  68/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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254.

Night In ManhattanUnited States Lee Wiley
Year of Release:1950Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1950:9Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s254Overall Rank:11,911
Average Rating:  74/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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287.

Billie Holiday Sings (1950)
Compilation
United States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1950Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1950:10Rank Score:98
Rank in 1950s287Overall Rank:13,370
Average Rating:  72/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 48 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 124 12%
1957 168 17%
1958 181 18%
1959 193 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 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 740 74%
Mixed Nationality 59 6%
Brazil 38 4%
United Kingdom 37 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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