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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.
1950683,636 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,541st)
by Benny Goodman
19511013,268 Hank Williams Sings (3,353rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,802 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,444th)
by Various Artists
19531314,740 Black Coffee (2,484th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,551 Chet Baker Sings (1,241st)
by Chet Baker
195522313,088 In The Wee Small Hours (432nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,454 Elvis Presley (431st)
by Elvis Presley
195740740,366 Blue Train (414th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,789 Lady In Satin (698th)
by Billie Holiday
1959425101,730 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,362252,424

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
5.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:409 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:6,197
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:431
Average Rating:  80/100 (589 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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9.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:269 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,676
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:692
Average Rating:  81/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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12.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:3,082
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:825
Average Rating:  79/100 (267 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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20.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:159 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:2,036
Rank in 1950s20Overall Rank:1,194
Average Rating:  80/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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22.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,806
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,302
Average Rating:  80/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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28.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song BookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,406
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,631
Average Rating:  78/100 (113 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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29.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,346
Rank in 1950s29Overall Rank:1,693
Average Rating:  77/100 (118 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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33.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,250
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,787
Average Rating:  78/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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34.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:1,208
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,846
Average Rating:  80/100 (137 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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40.

The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:892
Rank in 1950s40Overall Rank:2,352
Average Rating:  80/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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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%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
Thelonious Monk 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 741 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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