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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 38,000 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.
1950683,775 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,545th)
by Benny Goodman
19511013,286 Hank Williams Sings (3,373rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521156,888 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,445th)
by Various Artists
19531314,772 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541549,656 Chet Baker Sings (1,227th)
by Chet Baker
195522513,207 In The Wee Small Hours (433rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,900 Elvis Presley (426th)
by Elvis Presley
195740840,728 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195842535,395 Lady In Satin (696th)
by Billie Holiday
1959428102,441 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,371255,048

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
991.

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, Op. 93Mixed Nationality Dimitri Mitropoulos / New York Philharmonic
Year of Release:1954Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1954:74Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s991Overall Rank:37,679
Average Rating:  72/100 (5 votes)
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992.

More Of Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1959Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1959:188Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s992Overall Rank:37,688
Average Rating:  75/100 (5 votes)
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993.

The Last WordUnited Kingdom The Jazz Couriers Featuring Ronnie Scott And Tubby Hayes
Year of Release:1959Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1959:189Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s993Overall Rank:37,710
Average Rating:  73/100 (2 votes)
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994.

The Stylings Of SilverUnited States Horace Silver
Year of Release:1957Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1957:164Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s994Overall Rank:37,742
Average Rating:  73/100 (2 votes)
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995.

Her Trio, Her QuartetJapan Toshiko Akiyoshi
Year of Release:1956Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1956:123Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s995Overall Rank:37,760
Average Rating: Not enough data
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996.

Howard McGhee Vol. 2United States Howard McGhee
Year of Release:1953Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1953:52Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s996Overall Rank:37,791
Average Rating:  72/100 (2 votes)
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997.

Kenny Dorham QuintetUnited States Kenny Dorham Quintet
Year of Release:1954Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1954:75Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s997Overall Rank:37,850
Average Rating:  73/100 (2 votes)
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998.

Melancholy BabyUnited States Della Reese
Year of Release:1957Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1957:165Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s998Overall Rank:37,869
Average Rating:  74/100 (4 votes)
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999.

Sings A Song With Mulligan!United Kingdom Annie Ross
Year of Release:1959Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1959:190Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s999Overall Rank:37,878
Average Rating:  73/100 (5 votes)
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1000.

Balalaika: Music And Songs Of White RussiaRussia Pierre And Vladimir Svetlanoff With The Sania Poustylnikoff Orchestra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1959:191Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s1,000Overall Rank:37,934
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 75 8%
1955 89 9%
1956 123 12%
1957 165 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 191 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 745 75%
Mixed Nationality 58 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 34 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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