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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
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,267 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:47,105
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,725 votes)
Comments: 124 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:454 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:9,330
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:298
Average Rating:  84/100 (502 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:460 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:7,806
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:354
Average Rating:  84/100 (498 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:320 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,483
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:471
Average Rating:  82/100 (359 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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14.

Chuck Berry Is On TopUnited States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1959Appears in:231 charts
Rank in 1959:5Rank Score:2,797
Rank in 1950s14Overall Rank:873
Average Rating:  79/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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15.

Art Blakey And The Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:221 charts
Rank in 1959:6Rank Score:2,633
Rank in 1950s15Overall Rank:918
Average Rating:  82/100 (214 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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17.

Moanin' In The Moonlight
Compilation
United States Howlin' Wolf
Year of Release:1959Appears in:183 charts
Rank in 1959:7Rank Score:2,512
Rank in 1950s17Overall Rank:960
Average Rating:  80/100 (183 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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26.

The Genius Of Ray CharlesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1959Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1959:8Rank Score:1,414
Rank in 1950s26Overall Rank:1,581
Average Rating:  78/100 (143 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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33.

Gunfighter Ballads And Trail SongsUnited States Marty Robbins
Year of Release:1959Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1959:9Rank Score:1,216
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,779
Average Rating:  77/100 (112 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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37.

Chega De SaudadeBrazil João Gilberto
Year of Release:1959Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1959:10Rank Score:1,029
Rank in 1950s37Overall Rank:2,060
Average Rating:  77/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 2 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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