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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
65.

Hank Williams Sings
Compilation
United States Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys
Year of Release:1951Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1951:1Rank Score:560
Rank in 1950s65Overall Rank:3,341
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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74.

Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 1
Compilation
United States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1951Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1951:2Rank Score:496
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:3,683
Average Rating:  77/100 (71 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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141.

Masterpieces By EllingtonUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1951Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1951:3Rank Score:231
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:6,773
Average Rating:  75/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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157.

Ritual Of The SavageUnited States Les Baxter
Year of Release:1951Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1951:4Rank Score:211
Rank in 1950s157Overall Rank:7,237
Average Rating:  73/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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219.

John Cage: Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared PianoUnited States Maro Ajemian
Year of Release:1951Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1951:5Rank Score:128
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:10,518
Average Rating:  69/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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252.

Sentimental MeUnited States The Ames Brothers
Year of Release:1951Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1951:6Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s252Overall Rank:11,835
Average Rating:  74/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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300.

Harmony Time Vol.2United States The Chordettes
Year of Release:1951Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1951:7Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s300Overall Rank:14,350
Average Rating:  68/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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301.

On Moonlight BayUnited States Doris Day
Year of Release:1951Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1951:8Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s301Overall Rank:14,361
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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316.

School DaysUnited States Dizzy Gillespie
Year of Release:1951Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1951:9Rank Score:86
Rank in 1950s316Overall Rank:15,202
Average Rating:  74/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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348.

Afro-Cuban Jazz SuiteCuba Machito
Year of Release:1951Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1951:10Rank Score:77
Rank in 1950s348Overall Rank:16,638
Average Rating:  70/100 (12 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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