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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.
1950663,463 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,485th)
by Benny Goodman
1951963,305 Hank Williams Sings (3,340th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521136,539 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,393rd)
by Various Artists
19531254,685 Black Coffee (2,460th)
by Peggy Lee
19541479,433 Chet Baker Sings (1,247th)
by Chet Baker
195522112,848 In The Wee Small Hours (448th)
by Frank Sinatra
195630634,118 Elvis Presley (422nd)
by Elvis Presley
195739439,411 Blue Train (419th)
by John Coltrane
195841333,860 Lady In Satin (716th)
by Billie Holiday
1959410100,554 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,291248,216

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
42.

Black CoffeeUnited States Peggy Lee
Year of Release:1953Appears in:81 charts
Rank in 1953:1Rank Score:832
Rank in 1950s42Overall Rank:2,460
Average Rating:  73/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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102.

Chante Les Chansons Poétiques no1France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1953:2Rank Score:357
Rank in 1950s102Overall Rank:4,793
Average Rating:  71/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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137.

Songs By Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1953Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1953:3Rank Score:245
Rank in 1950s137Overall Rank:6,451
Average Rating:  69/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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139.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1953:4Rank Score:238
Rank in 1950s139Overall Rank:6,608
Average Rating:  76/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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151.

Wagner: Tristan Und IsoldeMixed Nationality Wilhelm Furtwängler / Philharmonia Orchestra
Year of Release:1953Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1953:5Rank Score:221
Rank in 1950s151Overall Rank:7,012
Average Rating:  71/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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159.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1953:6Rank Score:211
Rank in 1950s159Overall Rank:7,263
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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165.

Jazz At OberlinUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1953Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1953:7Rank Score:197
Rank in 1950s165Overall Rank:7,617
Average Rating:  71/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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203.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:146
Rank in 1950s203Overall Rank:9,518
Average Rating:  73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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235.

The Astaire StoryUnited States Fred Astaire
Year of Release:1953Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1953:9Rank Score:118
Rank in 1950s235Overall Rank:11,257
Average Rating:  67/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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254.

Wagner: Der Ring Des NibelungenMixed Nationality Wilhelm Furtwängler / Orchestra Sinfonica E Coro Della Radio Italiana
Year of Release:1953Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1953:10Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s254Overall Rank:11,897
Average Rating:  78/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 40 4%
1952 49 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 126 13%
1957 165 17%
1958 180 18%
1959 195 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 1%
Billie Holiday 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 752 75%
Mixed Nationality 56 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 36 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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