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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
5.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:406 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:6,287
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:419
Average Rating:  80/100 (569 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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9.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:257 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,620
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:695
Average Rating:  81/100 (263 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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12.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:3,003
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:833
Average Rating:  79/100 (255 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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20.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:153 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,988
Rank in 1950s20Overall Rank:1,210
Average Rating:  79/100 (167 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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22.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,776
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,305
Average Rating:  80/100 (177 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:120 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,387
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,628
Average Rating:  77/100 (109 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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29.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,311
Rank in 1950s29Overall Rank:1,711
Average Rating:  77/100 (113 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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33.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:142 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,228
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,800
Average Rating:  78/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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34.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:1,173
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,875
Average Rating:  80/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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40.

The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:868
Rank in 1950s40Overall Rank:2,383
Average Rating:  80/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 3 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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