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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... (2,453rd)
by Benny Goodman
1951873,384 Hank Williams Sings (3,262nd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521006,404 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,550th)
by Various Artists
19531064,480 Black Coffee (2,403rd)
by Peggy Lee
19541249,153 Chet Baker Sings (1,217th)
by Chet Baker
195517512,116 In The Wee Small Hours (441st)
by Frank Sinatra
195625832,768 Elvis Presley (428th)
by Elvis Presley
195733938,210 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195836032,689 Lady In Satin (702nd)
by Billie Holiday
195936898,015 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,973240,250

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
41.

The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz ConcertUnited States Benny Goodman
Year of Release:1950Appears in:71 charts
Rank in 1950:1Rank Score:817
Rank in 1950s41Overall Rank:2,453
Average Rating:  73/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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42.

The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:71 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:809
Rank in 1950s42Overall Rank:2,473
Average Rating:  80/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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43.

Porgy And BessUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1958:9Rank Score:806
Rank in 1950s43Overall Rank:2,483
Average Rating:  78/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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44.

Anthology Of American Folk Music
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1952Appears in:64 charts
Rank in 1952:1Rank Score:778
Rank in 1950s44Overall Rank:2,551
Average Rating:  78/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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45.

Bird & DizUnited States Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie
Year of Release:1952Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1952:2Rank Score:748
Rank in 1950s45Overall Rank:2,620
Average Rating:  76/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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46.

The Atomic Mr. BasieUnited States Count Basie
Year of Release:1958Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1958:10Rank Score:733
Rank in 1950s46Overall Rank:2,658
Average Rating:  76/100 (103 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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47.

Come Fly With MeUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1958Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1958:11Rank Score:728
Rank in 1950s47Overall Rank:2,674
Average Rating:  74/100 (79 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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48.

One Dozen BerrysUnited States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1958Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1958:12Rank Score:689
Rank in 1950s48Overall Rank:2,781
Average Rating:  73/100 (71 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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49.

Elvis' Golden Records
Compilation
United States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:60 charts
Rank in 1958:13Rank Score:661
Rank in 1950s49Overall Rank:2,872
Average Rating:  79/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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50.

Jazz At Massey HallUnited States The Quintet
Year of Release:1956Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1956:11Rank Score:660
Rank in 1950s50Overall Rank:2,880
Average Rating:  76/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 8 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%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 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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