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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... (2,541st)
by Benny Goodman
1951993,255 Hank Williams Sings (3,358th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,803 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,449th)
by Various Artists
19531314,727 Black Coffee (2,485th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,557 Chet Baker Sings (1,242nd)
by Chet Baker
195522313,061 In The Wee Small Hours (436th)
by Frank Sinatra
195631534,418 Elvis Presley (430th)
by Elvis Presley
195740640,404 Blue Train (413th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,794 Lady In Satin (697th)
by Billie Holiday
1959424101,604 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,357252,260

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
21.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1954Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1954:1Rank Score:1,921
Rank in 1950s21Overall Rank:1,242
Average Rating:  79/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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32.

Sarah VaughanUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1954Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1954:2Rank Score:1,275
Rank in 1950s32Overall Rank:1,766
Average Rating:  80/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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57.

Songs For Young LoversUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1954Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1954:3Rank Score:646
Rank in 1950s57Overall Rank:2,995
Average Rating:  76/100 (79 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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74.

Clifford Brown And Max RoachUnited States Clifford Brown And Max Roach
Year of Release:1954Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1954:4Rank Score:509
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:3,627
Average Rating:  80/100 (71 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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91.

Canções PraieirasBrazil Dorival Caymmi
Year of Release:1954Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1954:5Rank Score:431
Rank in 1950s91Overall Rank:4,124
Average Rating:  76/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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99.

Dinah JamsUnited States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1954Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1954:6Rank Score:387
Rank in 1950s99Overall Rank:4,487
Average Rating:  75/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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107.

Swing Easy!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1954Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1954:7Rank Score:342
Rank in 1950s107Overall Rank:5,000
Average Rating:  74/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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136.

Mambo!Peru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1954Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1954:8Rank Score:254
Rank in 1950s136Overall Rank:6,297
Average Rating:  68/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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152.

A Night At Birdland Vol. 1United States Art Blakey
Year of Release:1954Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1954:9Rank Score:222
Rank in 1950s152Overall Rank:7,012
Average Rating:  76/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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156.

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. HandyUnited States Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1954Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1954:10Rank Score:216
Rank in 1950s156Overall Rank:7,181
Average Rating:  77/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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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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