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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... (2,455th)
by Benny Goodman
1951873,351 Hank Williams Sings (3,265th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521006,404 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,552nd)
by Various Artists
19531064,471 Black Coffee (2,448th)
by Peggy Lee
19541249,132 Chet Baker Sings (1,220th)
by Chet Baker
195517512,104 In The Wee Small Hours (443rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195625832,783 Elvis Presley (428th)
by Elvis Presley
195733938,199 Blue Train (426th)
by John Coltrane
195836032,733 Lady In Satin (702nd)
by Billie Holiday
195936898,018 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,973240,227

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
5.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:400 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:6,158
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  80/100 (559 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:249 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,338
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:738
Average Rating:  81/100 (258 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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11.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:204 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:3,007
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:816
Average Rating:  80/100 (252 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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20.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,894
Rank in 1950s20Overall Rank:1,228
Average Rating:  79/100 (165 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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22.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,766
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,292
Average Rating:  80/100 (173 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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27.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song BookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,376
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,609
Average Rating:  78/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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29.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,313
Rank in 1950s29Overall Rank:1,679
Average Rating:  77/100 (110 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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32.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,227
Rank in 1950s32Overall Rank:1,767
Average Rating:  78/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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34.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:1,172
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,840
Average Rating:  80/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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42.

The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:71 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:809
Rank in 1950s42Overall Rank:2,477
Average Rating:  80/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 3 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%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 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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