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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.
1950663,463 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,485th)
by Benny Goodman
1951963,305 Hank Williams Sings (3,340th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521136,539 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,393rd)
by Various Artists
19531254,685 Black Coffee (2,460th)
by Peggy Lee
19541479,433 Chet Baker Sings (1,247th)
by Chet Baker
195522112,848 In The Wee Small Hours (448th)
by Frank Sinatra
195630634,118 Elvis Presley (422nd)
by Elvis Presley
195739439,411 Blue Train (419th)
by John Coltrane
195841333,860 Lady In Satin (716th)
by Billie Holiday
1959410100,554 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,291248,216

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
41.

Anthology Of American Folk Music
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1952Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1952:1Rank Score:859
Rank in 1950s41Overall Rank:2,393
Average Rating:  78/100 (63 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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42.

Black CoffeeUnited States Peggy Lee
Year of Release:1953Appears in:81 charts
Rank in 1953:1Rank Score:832
Rank in 1950s42Overall Rank:2,460
Average Rating:  73/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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43.

The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz ConcertUnited States Benny Goodman
Year of Release:1950Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1950:1Rank Score:820
Rank in 1950s43Overall Rank:2,485
Average Rating:  72/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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44.

Porgy And BessUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1958:9Rank Score:816
Rank in 1950s44Overall Rank:2,496
Average Rating:  78/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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45.

Bird & DizUnited States Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie
Year of Release:1952Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1952:2Rank Score:766
Rank in 1950s45Overall Rank:2,630
Average Rating:  76/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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46.

What'd I SayUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1959Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1959:11Rank Score:739
Rank in 1950s46Overall Rank:2,699
Average Rating:  77/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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47.

Come Fly With MeUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1958:10Rank Score:734
Rank in 1950s47Overall Rank:2,710
Average Rating:  73/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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48.

The Atomic Mr. BasieUnited States Count Basie
Year of Release:1958Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1958:11Rank Score:718
Rank in 1950s48Overall Rank:2,748
Average Rating:  76/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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49.

Jerry Lee LewisUnited States Jerry Lee Lewis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1958:12Rank Score:703
Rank in 1950s49Overall Rank:2,792
Average Rating:  73/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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50.

One Dozen BerrysUnited States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1958Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1958:13Rank Score:690
Rank in 1950s50Overall Rank:2,834
Average Rating:  73/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 40 4%
1952 49 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 126 13%
1957 165 17%
1958 180 18%
1959 195 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 1%
Billie Holiday 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 752 75%
Mixed Nationality 56 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 36 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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