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Best Albums of the 1950s

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... (2,542nd)
by Benny Goodman
1951993,255 Hank Williams Sings (3,361st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,802 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,449th)
by Various Artists
19531314,738 Black Coffee (2,484th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,563 Chet Baker Sings (1,242nd)
by Chet Baker
195522313,089 In The Wee Small Hours (430th)
by Frank Sinatra
195631534,412 Elvis Presley (431st)
by Elvis Presley
195740640,422 Blue Train (413th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,791 Lady In Satin (697th)
by Billie Holiday
1959424101,848 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,357252,556

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, Art Blakey and Billie Holiday.
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RankAlbumArtist
10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:3,635
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:697
Average Rating:  80/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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17.

Somethin' ElseUnited States Cannonball Adderley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1958:2Rank Score:2,489
Rank in 1950s17Overall Rank:993
Average Rating:  81/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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19.

Buddy HollyUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1958:3Rank Score:2,091
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,170
Average Rating:  79/100 (171 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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23.

Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The LonelyUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1958:4Rank Score:1,685
Rank in 1950s23Overall Rank:1,394
Average Rating:  78/100 (151 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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25.

Little Girl BlueUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1958Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1958:5Rank Score:1,564
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,493
Average Rating:  80/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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35.

Ascenseur Pour L'ÉchafaudUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1958:6Rank Score:1,183
Rank in 1950s35Overall Rank:1,879
Average Rating:  79/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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36.

MilestonesUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1958:7Rank Score:1,181
Rank in 1950s36Overall Rank:1,884
Average Rating:  79/100 (151 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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37.

Bo DiddleyUnited States Bo Diddley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:120 charts
Rank in 1958:8Rank Score:1,065
Rank in 1950s37Overall Rank:2,043
Average Rating:  77/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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41.

Porgy And BessUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1958:9Rank Score:860
Rank in 1950s41Overall Rank:2,415
Average Rating:  78/100 (133 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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47.

Come Fly With MeUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1958:10Rank Score:751
Rank in 1950s47Overall Rank:2,689
Average Rating:  74/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 2 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%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 740 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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