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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 36,000 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.
1950653,467 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,477th)
by Benny Goodman
1951973,339 Hank Williams Sings (3,341st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521126,646 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,397th)
by Various Artists
19531254,686 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541449,421 Chet Baker Sings (1,253rd)
by Chet Baker
195521612,800 In The Wee Small Hours (450th)
by Frank Sinatra
195630334,099 Elvis Presley (419th)
by Elvis Presley
195738939,382 Blue Train (417th)
by John Coltrane
195840433,838 Lady In Satin (713th)
by Billie Holiday
1959406100,512 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,261248,189

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
31.

Gunfighter Ballads And Trail SongsUnited States Marty Robbins
Year of Release:1959Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1959:9Rank Score:1,261
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,759
Average Rating:  77/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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32.

Sarah VaughanUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1954Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1954:2Rank Score:1,260
Rank in 1950s32Overall Rank:1,760
Average Rating:  79/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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33.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:142 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,228
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,800
Average Rating:  78/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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34.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:1,173
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,875
Average Rating:  80/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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35.

Ascenseur Pour L'ÉchafaudUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1958:6Rank Score:1,108
Rank in 1950s35Overall Rank:1,973
Average Rating:  79/100 (132 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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36.

MilestonesUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1958:7Rank Score:1,086
Rank in 1950s36Overall Rank:2,019
Average Rating:  79/100 (142 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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37.

Chega De SaudadeBrazil João Gilberto
Year of Release:1959Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1959:10Rank Score:1,059
Rank in 1950s37Overall Rank:2,052
Average Rating:  78/100 (92 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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38.

Bo DiddleyUnited States Bo Diddley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:118 charts
Rank in 1958:8Rank Score:1,014
Rank in 1950s38Overall Rank:2,116
Average Rating:  76/100 (89 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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39.

Ray CharlesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1957Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1957:9Rank Score:933
Rank in 1950s39Overall Rank:2,260
Average Rating:  75/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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40.

The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:868
Rank in 1950s40Overall Rank:2,383
Average Rating:  80/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 41 4%
1952 49 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 126 13%
1957 165 17%
1958 180 18%
1959 193 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Miles Davis 17 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 752 75%
Mixed Nationality 55 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 36 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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