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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 38,000 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.
1950683,775 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,545th)
by Benny Goodman
19511013,286 Hank Williams Sings (3,373rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521156,888 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,445th)
by Various Artists
19531314,772 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541549,656 Chet Baker Sings (1,227th)
by Chet Baker
195522513,207 In The Wee Small Hours (433rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,900 Elvis Presley (426th)
by Elvis Presley
195740840,728 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195842535,395 Lady In Satin (696th)
by Billie Holiday
1959428102,441 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,371255,048

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
41.

Porgy And BessUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1958:9Rank Score:882
Rank in 1950s41Overall Rank:2,381
Average Rating:  79/100 (136 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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42.

Anthology Of American Folk Music
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1952Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1952:1Rank Score:846
Rank in 1950s42Overall Rank:2,445
Average Rating:  78/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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43.

Black CoffeeUnited States Peggy Lee
Year of Release:1953Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1953:1Rank Score:839
Rank in 1950s43Overall Rank:2,462
Average Rating:  74/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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44.

The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz ConcertUnited States Benny Goodman
Year of Release:1950Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1950:1Rank Score:806
Rank in 1950s44Overall Rank:2,545
Average Rating:  72/100 (63 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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45.

Bird & DizUnited States Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie
Year of Release:1952Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1952:2Rank Score:789
Rank in 1950s45Overall Rank:2,585
Average Rating:  76/100 (79 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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46.

What'd I SayUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1959Appears in:79 charts
Rank in 1959:11Rank Score:771
Rank in 1950s46Overall Rank:2,638
Average Rating:  77/100 (71 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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47.

Come Fly With MeUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1958:10Rank Score:762
Rank in 1950s47Overall Rank:2,665
Average Rating:  74/100 (86 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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48.

Jerry Lee LewisUnited States Jerry Lee Lewis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1958:11Rank Score:748
Rank in 1950s48Overall Rank:2,705
Average Rating:  73/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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49.

The Atomic Mr. BasieUnited States Count Basie
Year of Release:1958Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1958:12Rank Score:738
Rank in 1950s49Overall Rank:2,738
Average Rating:  77/100 (109 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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50.

One Dozen BerrysUnited States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1958Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1958:13Rank Score:720
Rank in 1950s50Overall Rank:2,786
Average Rating:  73/100 (75 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 75 8%
1955 89 9%
1956 123 12%
1957 165 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 191 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 745 75%
Mixed Nationality 58 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 34 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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