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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 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
19511013,268 Hank Williams Sings (3,353rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,802 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,444th)
by Various Artists
19531314,740 Black Coffee (2,484th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,551 Chet Baker Sings (1,241st)
by Chet Baker
195522313,088 In The Wee Small Hours (432nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,454 Elvis Presley (431st)
by Elvis Presley
195740740,366 Blue Train (414th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,789 Lady In Satin (698th)
by Billie Holiday
1959425101,730 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,362252,424

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, Billie Holiday and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
31.

Gunfighter Ballads And Trail SongsUnited States Marty Robbins
Year of Release:1959Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1959:9Rank Score:1,331
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,713
Average Rating:  77/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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32.

Sarah VaughanUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1954Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1954:2Rank Score:1,275
Rank in 1950s32Overall Rank:1,767
Average Rating:  80/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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33.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,250
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,787
Average Rating:  78/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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34.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:1,208
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,846
Average Rating:  80/100 (137 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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35.

Ascenseur Pour L'ÉchafaudUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1958:6Rank Score:1,183
Rank in 1950s35Overall Rank:1,878
Average Rating:  79/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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36.

MilestonesUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1958:7Rank Score:1,181
Rank in 1950s36Overall Rank:1,883
Average Rating:  79/100 (151 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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37.

Bo DiddleyUnited States Bo Diddley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:120 charts
Rank in 1958:8Rank Score:1,065
Rank in 1950s37Overall Rank:2,043
Average Rating:  77/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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38.

Chega De SaudadeBrazil João Gilberto
Year of Release:1959Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1959:10Rank Score:1,009
Rank in 1950s38Overall Rank:2,153
Average Rating:  78/100 (96 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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39.

Ray CharlesUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1957Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1957:9Rank Score:931
Rank in 1950s39Overall Rank:2,277
Average Rating:  75/100 (71 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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40.

The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:892
Rank in 1950s40Overall Rank:2,352
Average Rating:  80/100 (84 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%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
Thelonious Monk 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 741 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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