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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 38,000 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.
1950683,775 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,545th)
by Benny Goodman
19511013,286 Hank Williams Sings (3,373rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521156,888 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,445th)
by Various Artists
19531314,772 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541549,656 Chet Baker Sings (1,227th)
by Chet Baker
195522513,207 In The Wee Small Hours (433rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,900 Elvis Presley (426th)
by Elvis Presley
195740840,728 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195842535,395 Lady In Satin (696th)
by Billie Holiday
1959428102,441 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,371255,048

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
43.

Black CoffeeUnited States Peggy Lee
Year of Release:1953Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1953:1Rank Score:839
Rank in 1950s43Overall Rank:2,462
Average Rating:  74/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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104.

Chante Les Chansons Poétiques no1France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1953:2Rank Score:360
Rank in 1950s104Overall Rank:4,785
Average Rating:  71/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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133.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1953:3Rank Score:268
Rank in 1950s133Overall Rank:6,049
Average Rating:  77/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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143.

Songs By Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1953Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1953:4Rank Score:238
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:6,681
Average Rating:  69/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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161.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1953:5Rank Score:211
Rank in 1950s161Overall Rank:7,342
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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162.

Wagner: Tristan Und IsoldeMixed Nationality Wilhelm Furtwängler / Philharmonia Orchestra
Year of Release:1953Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1953:6Rank Score:206
Rank in 1950s162Overall Rank:7,449
Average Rating:  71/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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166.

Jazz At OberlinUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1953Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1953:7Rank Score:200
Rank in 1950s166Overall Rank:7,624
Average Rating:  72/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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208.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:146
Rank in 1950s208Overall Rank:9,647
Average Rating:  73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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243.

The Astaire StoryUnited States Fred Astaire
Year of Release:1953Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1953:9Rank Score:118
Rank in 1950s243Overall Rank:11,394
Average Rating:  68/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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260.

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 1950s260Overall Rank:12,031
Average Rating:  78/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 75 8%
1955 89 9%
1956 123 12%
1957 165 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 191 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 745 75%
Mixed Nationality 58 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 34 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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