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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 36,000 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.
1950653,467 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,477th)
by Benny Goodman
1951973,339 Hank Williams Sings (3,341st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521126,646 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,397th)
by Various Artists
19531254,686 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541449,421 Chet Baker Sings (1,253rd)
by Chet Baker
195521612,800 In The Wee Small Hours (450th)
by Frank Sinatra
195630334,099 Elvis Presley (419th)
by Elvis Presley
195738939,382 Blue Train (417th)
by John Coltrane
195840433,838 Lady In Satin (713th)
by Billie Holiday
1959406100,512 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,261248,189

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
6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:330 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,952
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:450
Average Rating:  80/100 (465 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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53.

Rock Around The ClockUnited States Bill Haley And His Comets
Year of Release:1955Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1955:2Rank Score:654
Rank in 1950s53Overall Rank:2,940
Average Rating:  72/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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87.

Julie Is Her NameUnited States Julie London
Year of Release:1955Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1955:3Rank Score:439
Rank in 1950s87Overall Rank:4,039
Average Rating:  75/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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88.

Ramblin' ManUnited States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1955Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1955:4Rank Score:435
Rank in 1950s88Overall Rank:4,081
Average Rating:  78/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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98.

Rock And Rollin' With Fats DominoUnited States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1955Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1955:5Rank Score:377
Rank in 1950s98Overall Rank:4,564
Average Rating:  75/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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104.

Shake, Rattle And Roll
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United States Bill Haley And His Comets
Year of Release:1955Appears in:44 charts
Rank in 1955:6Rank Score:355
Rank in 1950s104Overall Rank:4,824
Average Rating:  73/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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125.

Study In BrownUnited States Clifford Brown And Max Roach
Year of Release:1955Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1955:7Rank Score:275
Rank in 1950s125Overall Rank:5,863
Average Rating:  78/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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127.

Satch Plays FatsUnited States Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1955Appears in:53 charts
Rank in 1955:8Rank Score:272
Rank in 1950s127Overall Rank:5,920
Average Rating:  74/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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136.

Concert By The SeaUnited States Erroll Garner
Year of Release:1955Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1955:9Rank Score:248
Rank in 1950s136Overall Rank:6,381
Average Rating:  78/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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199.

Lullabies Of BirdlandUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1955Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1955:10Rank Score:153
Rank in 1950s199Overall Rank:9,206
Average Rating:  73/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 41 4%
1952 49 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 126 13%
1957 165 17%
1958 180 18%
1959 193 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Miles Davis 17 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 752 75%
Mixed Nationality 55 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 36 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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