Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 greatest album charts.

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1950s decade summary
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.
19501204,789
19511333,828
19521516,930
19531855,480
19542209,872
195530614,325
195641029,870
195752444,564
195852137,409
195956584,867
Total3,135241,933

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.
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1956
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1959
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514
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1957
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285
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1955
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237
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1950
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228
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1957
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197
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1956
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186
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1958
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146
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1954
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72
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1958
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44
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Total albums: 12. Page 1 of 2

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 43 4%
1951 44 4%
1952 55 6%
1953 59 6%
1954 74 7%
1955 88 9%
1956 116 12%
1957 157 16%
1958 173 17%
1959 191 19%
Country Albums %


United States 770 77%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
United Kingdom 32 3%
France 29 3%
Brazil 25 3%
Canada 12 1%
Austria 10 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 943 94%
Yes 57 6%
Live? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 20 2%
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