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Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 37,000 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.
1950683,636 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,541st)
by Benny Goodman
1951993,255 Hank Williams Sings (3,358th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,803 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,449th)
by Various Artists
19531314,727 Black Coffee (2,485th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,557 Chet Baker Sings (1,242nd)
by Chet Baker
195522313,061 In The Wee Small Hours (436th)
by Frank Sinatra
195631534,418 Elvis Presley (430th)
by Elvis Presley
195740640,404 Blue Train (413th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,794 Lady In Satin (697th)
by Billie Holiday
1959424101,604 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,357252,260

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, Art Blakey and Billie Holiday.
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RankAlbumArtist
21.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1954Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1954:1Rank Score:1,921
Rank in 1950s21Overall Rank:1,242
Average Rating:  79/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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22.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,806
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,303
Average Rating:  80/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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23.

Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The LonelyUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1958:4Rank Score:1,685
Rank in 1950s23Overall Rank:1,393
Average Rating:  78/100 (151 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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24.

Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue GuitarUnited States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1957Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1957:6Rank Score:1,595
Rank in 1950s24Overall Rank:1,466
Average Rating:  77/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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25.

Little Girl BlueUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1958Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1958:5Rank Score:1,564
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,494
Average Rating:  80/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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26.

'Round About MidnightUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1957:7Rank Score:1,531
Rank in 1950s26Overall Rank:1,516
Average Rating:  81/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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27.

The Genius Of Ray CharlesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1959Appears in:162 charts
Rank in 1959:8Rank Score:1,441
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,594
Average Rating:  78/100 (153 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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28.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song BookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,406
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,629
Average Rating:  78/100 (113 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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29.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,346
Rank in 1950s29Overall Rank:1,693
Average Rating:  77/100 (118 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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30.

After School SessionUnited States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1957Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1957:8Rank Score:1,338
Rank in 1950s30Overall Rank:1,705
Average Rating:  77/100 (101 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 48 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 124 12%
1957 168 17%
1958 181 18%
1959 193 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 740 74%
Mixed Nationality 59 6%
Brazil 38 4%
United Kingdom 37 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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