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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
31.

Sarah VaughanUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1954Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1954:2Rank Score:1,277
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,717
Average Rating:  80/100 (86 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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32.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,227
Rank in 1950s32Overall Rank:1,767
Average Rating:  78/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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33.

Gunfighter Ballads And Trail SongsUnited States Marty Robbins
Year of Release:1959Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1959:9Rank Score:1,216
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,779
Average Rating:  77/100 (112 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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34.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:1,172
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,840
Average Rating:  80/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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35.

MilestonesUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:123 charts
Rank in 1958:6Rank Score:1,093
Rank in 1950s35Overall Rank:1,969
Average Rating:  79/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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36.

Ascenseur Pour L'ÉchafaudUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1958:7Rank Score:1,089
Rank in 1950s36Overall Rank:1,972
Average Rating:  79/100 (128 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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37.

Chega De SaudadeBrazil João Gilberto
Year of Release:1959Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1959:10Rank Score:1,029
Rank in 1950s37Overall Rank:2,060
Average Rating:  77/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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38.

Bo Diddley
Compilation
United States Bo Diddley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:117 charts
Rank in 1958:8Rank Score:966
Rank in 1950s38Overall Rank:2,161
Average Rating:  77/100 (87 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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39.

Ray CharlesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1957Appears in:84 charts
Rank in 1957:9Rank Score:927
Rank in 1950s39Overall Rank:2,227
Average Rating:  75/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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40.

Black CoffeeUnited States Peggy Lee
Year of Release:1953Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1953:1Rank Score:824
Rank in 1950s40Overall Rank:2,437
Average Rating:  73/100 (68 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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