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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 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... (2,541st)
by Benny Goodman
19511013,268 Hank Williams Sings (3,353rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,802 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,444th)
by Various Artists
19531314,740 Black Coffee (2,484th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,551 Chet Baker Sings (1,241st)
by Chet Baker
195522313,088 In The Wee Small Hours (432nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,454 Elvis Presley (431st)
by Elvis Presley
195740740,366 Blue Train (414th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,789 Lady In Satin (698th)
by Billie Holiday
1959425101,730 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,362252,424

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
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,303 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:48,236
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,795 votes)
Comments: 132 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:470 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:9,449
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:306
Average Rating:  84/100 (525 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:483 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:8,138
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:346
Average Rating:  84/100 (526 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:336 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,644
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:473
Average Rating:  81/100 (380 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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14.

Art Blakey And The Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 1959:5Rank Score:2,898
Rank in 1950s14Overall Rank:871
Average Rating:  82/100 (231 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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15.

Chuck Berry Is On TopUnited States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1959Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1959:6Rank Score:2,798
Rank in 1950s15Overall Rank:884
Average Rating:  79/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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16.

Moanin' In The MoonlightUnited States Howlin' Wolf
Year of Release:1959Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1959:7Rank Score:2,630
Rank in 1950s16Overall Rank:946
Average Rating:  80/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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27.

The Genius Of Ray CharlesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1959Appears in:162 charts
Rank in 1959:8Rank Score:1,441
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,592
Average Rating:  78/100 (153 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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31.

Gunfighter Ballads And Trail SongsUnited States Marty Robbins
Year of Release:1959Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1959:9Rank Score:1,331
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,713
Average Rating:  77/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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38.

Chega De SaudadeBrazil João Gilberto
Year of Release:1959Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1959:10Rank Score:1,009
Rank in 1950s38Overall Rank:2,153
Average Rating:  78/100 (96 votes)
Comments: 3 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%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
Thelonious Monk 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 741 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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