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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
9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:3,521
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:702
Average Rating:  80/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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16.

Somethin' ElseUnited States Cannonball Adderley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:230 charts
Rank in 1958:2Rank Score:2,516
Rank in 1950s16Overall Rank:958
Average Rating:  81/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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21.

Buddy HollyUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1958:3Rank Score:1,865
Rank in 1950s21Overall Rank:1,244
Average Rating:  79/100 (159 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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23.

Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The LonelyUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:117 charts
Rank in 1958:4Rank Score:1,613
Rank in 1950s23Overall Rank:1,410
Average Rating:  78/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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25.

Little Girl BlueUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1958Appears in:118 charts
Rank in 1958:5Rank Score:1,465
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,532
Average Rating:  81/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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35.

MilestonesUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:123 charts
Rank in 1958:6Rank Score:1,093
Rank in 1950s35Overall Rank:1,969
Average Rating:  79/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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36.

Ascenseur Pour L'ÉchafaudUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1958:7Rank Score:1,089
Rank in 1950s36Overall Rank:1,972
Average Rating:  79/100 (128 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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38.

Bo Diddley
Compilation
United States Bo Diddley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:117 charts
Rank in 1958:8Rank Score:966
Rank in 1950s38Overall Rank:2,161
Average Rating:  77/100 (87 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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43.

Porgy And BessUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1958:9Rank Score:806
Rank in 1950s43Overall Rank:2,486
Average Rating:  78/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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46.

The Atomic Mr. BasieUnited States Count Basie
Year of Release:1958Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1958:10Rank Score:733
Rank in 1950s46Overall Rank:2,662
Average Rating:  76/100 (103 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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