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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 35,000 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.
1950563,031 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,453rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951873,384 Hank Williams Sings (3,262nd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521006,404 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,550th)
by Various Artists
19531064,480 Black Coffee (2,403rd)
by Peggy Lee
19541249,153 Chet Baker Sings (1,217th)
by Chet Baker
195517512,116 In The Wee Small Hours (441st)
by Frank Sinatra
195625832,768 Elvis Presley (428th)
by Elvis Presley
195733938,210 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195836032,689 Lady In Satin (702nd)
by Billie Holiday
195936898,015 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,973240,250

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
40.

Black CoffeeUnited States Peggy Lee
Year of Release:1953Appears in:81 charts
Rank in 1953:1Rank Score:840
Rank in 1950s40Overall Rank:2,403
Average Rating:  73/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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104.

Chante Les Chansons Poétiques no1France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1953:2Rank Score:332
Rank in 1950s104Overall Rank:4,986
Average Rating:  71/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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132.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1953:3Rank Score:252
Rank in 1950s132Overall Rank:6,197
Average Rating:  76/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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141.

Songs By Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1953Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1953:4Rank Score:227
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:6,718
Average Rating:  69/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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146.

Wagner: Tristan Und IsoldeMixed Nationality Wilhelm Furtwängler / Philharmonia Orchestra
Year of Release:1953Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1953:5Rank Score:221
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:6,864
Average Rating:  71/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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154.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1953:6Rank Score:209
Rank in 1950s154Overall Rank:7,146
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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169.

Jazz At OberlinUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1953Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1953:7Rank Score:184
Rank in 1950s169Overall Rank:7,864
Average Rating:  70/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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196.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:146
Rank in 1950s196Overall Rank:9,312
Average Rating:  73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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228.

The Astaire StoryUnited States Fred Astaire
Year of Release:1953Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1953:9Rank Score:116
Rank in 1950s228Overall Rank:11,141
Average Rating:  68/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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246.

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 1950s246Overall Rank:11,682
Average Rating:  77/100 (2 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 29 3%
1951 45 5%
1952 50 5%
1953 50 5%
1954 73 7%
1955 87 9%
1956 127 13%
1957 163 16%
1958 181 18%
1959 195 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 13 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 776 78%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
United Kingdom 30 3%
France 27 3%
Brazil 25 3%
Canada 14 1%
Germany 11 1%
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