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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 38,000 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.
1950683,775 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,545th)
by Benny Goodman
19511013,286 Hank Williams Sings (3,373rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521156,888 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,445th)
by Various Artists
19531314,772 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541549,656 Chet Baker Sings (1,227th)
by Chet Baker
195522513,207 In The Wee Small Hours (433rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,900 Elvis Presley (426th)
by Elvis Presley
195740840,728 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195842535,395 Lady In Satin (696th)
by Billie Holiday
1959428102,441 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,371255,048

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
4.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:399 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:6,393
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:418
Average Rating:  84/100 (483 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:278 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:4,055
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:635
Average Rating:  79/100 (354 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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11.

Brilliant CornersUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1957Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:3,176
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:796
Average Rating:  82/100 (281 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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13.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1957:4Rank Score:3,063
Rank in 1950s13Overall Rank:831
Average Rating:  81/100 (342 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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18.

The "Chirping" CricketsUnited States The Crickets
Year of Release:1957Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 1957:5Rank Score:2,288
Rank in 1950s18Overall Rank:1,082
Average Rating:  79/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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24.

Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue GuitarUnited States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1957Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1957:6Rank Score:1,621
Rank in 1950s24Overall Rank:1,453
Average Rating:  77/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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26.

'Round About MidnightUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1957:7Rank Score:1,543
Rank in 1950s26Overall Rank:1,514
Average Rating:  81/100 (217 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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30.

After School SessionUnited States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1957Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1957:8Rank Score:1,352
Rank in 1950s30Overall Rank:1,698
Average Rating:  77/100 (102 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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39.

Ray CharlesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1957Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1957:9Rank Score:939
Rank in 1950s39Overall Rank:2,277
Average Rating:  75/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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58.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1957:10Rank Score:645
Rank in 1950s58Overall Rank:3,012
Average Rating:  77/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 75 8%
1955 89 9%
1956 123 12%
1957 165 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 191 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 745 75%
Mixed Nationality 58 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 34 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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