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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... (2,455th)
by Benny Goodman
1951873,351 Hank Williams Sings (3,265th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521006,404 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,552nd)
by Various Artists
19531064,471 Black Coffee (2,448th)
by Peggy Lee
19541249,132 Chet Baker Sings (1,220th)
by Chet Baker
195517512,104 In The Wee Small Hours (443rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195625832,783 Elvis Presley (428th)
by Elvis Presley
195733938,199 Blue Train (426th)
by John Coltrane
195836032,733 Lady In Satin (702nd)
by Billie Holiday
195936898,018 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,973240,227

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
21.

Buddy HollyUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1958:3Rank Score:1,865
Rank in 1950s21Overall Rank:1,244
Average Rating:  79/100 (159 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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22.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,766
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,292
Average Rating:  80/100 (173 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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23.

Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The LonelyUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:117 charts
Rank in 1958:4Rank Score:1,613
Rank in 1950s23Overall Rank:1,410
Average Rating:  78/100 (140 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:152 charts
Rank in 1957:6Rank Score:1,512
Rank in 1950s24Overall Rank:1,488
Average Rating:  76/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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25.

Little Girl BlueUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1958Appears in:118 charts
Rank in 1958:5Rank Score:1,465
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,532
Average Rating:  81/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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26.

The Genius Of Ray CharlesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1959Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1959:8Rank Score:1,414
Rank in 1950s26Overall Rank:1,581
Average Rating:  78/100 (143 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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27.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song BookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,376
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,609
Average Rating:  78/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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28.

'Round About MidnightUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1957:7Rank Score:1,375
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,610
Average Rating:  80/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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29.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,313
Rank in 1950s29Overall Rank:1,679
Average Rating:  77/100 (110 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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30.

After School SessionUnited States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1957Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1957:8Rank Score:1,310
Rank in 1950s30Overall Rank:1,684
Average Rating:  77/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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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%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 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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