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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... (2,453rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951873,384 Hank Williams Sings (3,263rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521006,404 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,551st)
by Various Artists
19531064,480 Black Coffee (2,403rd)
by Peggy Lee
19541249,153 Chet Baker Sings (1,217th)
by Chet Baker
195517512,116 In The Wee Small Hours (441st)
by Frank Sinatra
195625832,768 Elvis Presley (428th)
by Elvis Presley
195733938,210 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195836032,689 Lady In Satin (702nd)
by Billie Holiday
195936898,015 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,973240,250

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
990.

The Girl I Left Home ForUnited States Gwen Verdon
Year of Release:1956Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1956:127Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s990Overall Rank:38,408
Average Rating:  69/100 (2 votes)
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992.

The Lionel Hampton QuintetUnited States Lionel Hampton
Year of Release:1954Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1954:73Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s992Overall Rank:38,476
Average Rating:  73/100 (11 votes)
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993.

Benny Goodman CombosUnited States Benny Goodman
Year of Release:1951Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1951:45Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s993Overall Rank:38,494
Average Rating:  72/100 (4 votes)
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994.

Country Pickin' And Singin'United States The Stanley Brothers
Year of Release:1958Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1958:180Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s994Overall Rank:38,605
Average Rating:  71/100 (1 vote)
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995.

The OpenerUnited States Curtis Fuller
Year of Release:1957Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1957:162Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s995Overall Rank:38,617
Average Rating:  73/100 (3 votes)
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996.

Relaxed Piano MoodsTrinidad and Tobago Hazel Scott
Year of Release:1955Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1955:86Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s996Overall Rank:38,677
Average Rating:  72/100 (2 votes)
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997.

Mingus ThreeUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1957Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1957:163Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s997Overall Rank:38,727
Average Rating:  74/100 (4 votes)
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998.

The Crewcuts Go Long HairCanada The Crew Cuts
Year of Release:1955Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1955:87Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s998Overall Rank:38,753
Average Rating:  70/100 (1 vote)
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999.

Duets With Spanish GuitarBrazil Laurindo Almeida
Year of Release:1958Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1958:181Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s999Overall Rank:38,777
Average Rating:  72/100 (1 vote)
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1000.

Beethoven: FidelioGermany Wilhelm Furtwangler / Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of Release:1950Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1950:29Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s1,000Overall Rank:38,849
Average Rating:  74/100 (2 votes)
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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%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 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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