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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 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
19511013,268 Hank Williams Sings (3,353rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,802 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,444th)
by Various Artists
19531314,740 Black Coffee (2,484th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,551 Chet Baker Sings (1,241st)
by Chet Baker
195522313,088 In The Wee Small Hours (432nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,454 Elvis Presley (431st)
by Elvis Presley
195740740,366 Blue Train (414th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,789 Lady In Satin (698th)
by Billie Holiday
1959425101,730 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,362252,424

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, Billie Holiday and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
69.

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 1950s69Overall Rank:3,353
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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80.

Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 1
Compilation
United States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1951Appears in:64 charts
Rank in 1951:2Rank Score:478
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:3,797
Average Rating:  77/100 (75 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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150.

Masterpieces By EllingtonUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1951Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1951:3Rank Score:225
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:6,953
Average Rating:  75/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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156.

Ritual Of The SavageUnited States Les Baxter
Year of Release:1951Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1951:4Rank Score:216
Rank in 1950s156Overall Rank:7,187
Average Rating:  73/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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242.

John Cage: Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared PianoUnited States Maro Ajemian
Year of Release:1951Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1951:5Rank Score:115
Rank in 1950s242Overall Rank:11,571
Average Rating:  68/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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258.

Sentimental MeUnited States The Ames Brothers
Year of Release:1951Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1951:6Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s258Overall Rank:12,095
Average Rating:  74/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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301.

Harmony Time Vol.2United States The Chordettes
Year of Release:1951Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1951:7Rank Score:92
Rank in 1950s301Overall Rank:14,334
Average Rating:  68/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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304.

On Moonlight BayUnited States Doris Day
Year of Release:1951Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1951:8Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s304Overall Rank:14,460
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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309.

School DaysUnited States Dizzy Gillespie
Year of Release:1951Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1951:9Rank Score:91
Rank in 1950s309Overall Rank:14,533
Average Rating:  74/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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351.

Afro-Cuban Jazz SuiteCuba Machito
Year of Release:1951Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1951:10Rank Score:78
Rank in 1950s351Overall Rank:16,561
Average Rating:  70/100 (12 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%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
Thelonious Monk 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 741 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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