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.
19501255,234
19511414,183
19521516,934
19531946,680
195423011,152
195533014,859
195644132,237
195757345,328
195857341,305
195961681,339
Total3,374249,253

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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Rank Score:
24,533
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Year of Release:
1959
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Rank Score:
7,303
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Year of Release:
1959
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6,516
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1957
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Rank Score:
5,861
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1956
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Rank Score:
4,908
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1955
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Rank Score:
4,695
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1957
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Rank Score:
4,044
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Year of Release:
1959
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Rank Score:
3,864
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Year of Release:
1959
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3,503
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1959
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3,301
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Total albums: 977. Page 1 of 98

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 40 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 198 20%
Country Albums %


United States 779 78%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
France 32 3%
United Kingdom 26 3%
Brazil 21 2%
Canada 12 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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