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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... (2,542nd)
by Benny Goodman
1951993,255 Hank Williams Sings (3,361st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,802 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,449th)
by Various Artists
19531314,738 Black Coffee (2,484th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,563 Chet Baker Sings (1,242nd)
by Chet Baker
195522313,089 In The Wee Small Hours (430th)
by Frank Sinatra
195631534,412 Elvis Presley (431st)
by Elvis Presley
195740640,422 Blue Train (413th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,791 Lady In Satin (697th)
by Billie Holiday
1959424101,848 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,357252,556

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
42.

Anthology Of American Folk Music
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1952Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1952:1Rank Score:845
Rank in 1950s42Overall Rank:2,449
Average Rating:  78/100 (64 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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45.

Bird & DizUnited States Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie
Year of Release:1952Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 1952:2Rank Score:771
Rank in 1950s45Overall Rank:2,637
Average Rating:  76/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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63.

Moanin' The BluesUnited States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1952Appears in:64 charts
Rank in 1952:3Rank Score:601
Rank in 1950s63Overall Rank:3,165
Average Rating:  75/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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71.

Ellington UptownUnited States Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Year of Release:1952Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:536
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:3,490
Average Rating:  77/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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76.

Billie Holiday SingsUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1952Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1952:5Rank Score:504
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:3,660
Average Rating:  74/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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108.

The Amazing Bud PowellUnited States Bud Powell
Year of Release:1952Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1952:6Rank Score:340
Rank in 1950s108Overall Rank:5,013
Average Rating:  76/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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120.

Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 2
Compilation
United States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1952Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1952:7Rank Score:291
Rank in 1950s120Overall Rank:5,669
Average Rating:  77/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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126.

UnforgettableUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1952Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1952:8Rank Score:273
Rank in 1950s126Overall Rank:5,958
Average Rating:  73/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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128.

The President Plays With The Oscar Peterson TrioUnited States Lester Young
Year of Release:1952Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1952:9Rank Score:271
Rank in 1950s128Overall Rank:5,998
Average Rating:  72/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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130.

City Of GlassUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1952Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:269
Rank in 1950s130Overall Rank:6,030
Average Rating:  74/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 3 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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