Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
19501255,237
19511414,184
19521516,936
19531946,683
195423011,185
195533014,827
195644132,227
195757345,345
195857341,241
195961681,308
Total3,374249,172

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Billie Holiday and John Coltrane.
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Year of Release:
1959
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1,270
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Year of Release:
1954
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Rank Score:
444
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Year of Release:
1959
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Rank Score:
336
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1957
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Rank Score:
122
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Year of Release:
1959
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Rank Score:
105
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Year of Release:
1950
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Rank Score:
81
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Year of Release:
1954
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Rank Score:
80
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Year of Release:
1958
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Rank Score:
66
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Year of Release:
1954
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Rank Score:
57
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1955
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50
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 41 4%
1951 40 4%
1952 58 6%
1953 62 6%
1954 76 8%
1955 85 9%
1956 117 12%
1957 152 15%
1958 172 17%
1959 197 20%
Country Albums %


United States 779 78%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
France 32 3%
United Kingdom 26 3%
Brazil 21 2%
Canada 13 1%
Austria 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 943 94%
Yes 57 6%
Live? Albums %
No 962 96%
Yes 38 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
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