Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 51,000 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.
19501225,165
19511394,181
19521527,339
19531926,055
195422711,010
195531814,932
195643032,271
195755745,342
195856140,927
195960582,760
Total3,303249,982

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, John Coltrane and Billie Holiday.
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1958
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1,473
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1956
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1,384
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1956
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1,362
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1958
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1,308
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1956
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1,302
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1959
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1,216
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1956
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1,086
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1957
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1,066
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1958
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1,058
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1958
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951
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 40 4%
1951 39 4%
1952 61 6%
1953 62 6%
1954 75 8%
1955 88 9%
1956 117 12%
1957 153 15%
1958 175 18%
1959 190 19%
Country Albums %


United States 776 78%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
France 32 3%
United Kingdom 28 3%
Brazil 21 2%
Canada 13 1%
Austria 10 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 945 95%
Yes 55 6%
Live? Albums %
No 963 96%
Yes 37 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Best Artists of 1970
1. Black Sabbath
2. Neil Young
3. Simon & Garfunkel
4. George Harrison
5. Miles Davis
6. John Lennon
7. Van Morrison
8. Creedence Clearwater Revival
9. Led Zeppelin
10. The Stooges
11. The Beatles
12. The Velvet Underground
13. Grateful Dead
14. Derek & The Dominos
15. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
16. Crosby, Stills & Nash
17. Deep Purple
18. Cat Stevens
19. Yusuf Islam
20. Santana
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