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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
51.

Jazz At Massey HallUnited States The Quintet
Year of Release:1956Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1956:11Rank Score:670
Rank in 1950s51Overall Rank:2,894
Average Rating:  76/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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52.

ChetUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1959Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1959:12Rank Score:657
Rank in 1950s52Overall Rank:2,934
Average Rating:  79/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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53.

The Wildest!United States Louis Prima
Year of Release:1956Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1956:12Rank Score:656
Rank in 1950s53Overall Rank:2,936
Average Rating:  76/100 (92 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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54.

Rock Around The ClockUnited States Bill Haley And His Comets
Year of Release:1955Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1955:2Rank Score:655
Rank in 1950s54Overall Rank:2,941
Average Rating:  72/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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55.

La Valse À Mille TempsBelgium Jacques Brel
Year of Release:1959Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1959:13Rank Score:632
Rank in 1950s55Overall Rank:3,017
Average Rating:  72/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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56.

Songs For Young LoversUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1954Appears in:75 charts
Rank in 1954:3Rank Score:621
Rank in 1950s56Overall Rank:3,058
Average Rating:  76/100 (73 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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57.

Elvis' Golden Records
Compilation
United States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1958:14Rank Score:609
Rank in 1950s57Overall Rank:3,109
Average Rating:  79/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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58.

The Everly BrothersUnited States The Everly Brothers
Year of Release:1958Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1958:15Rank Score:608
Rank in 1950s58Overall Rank:3,111
Average Rating:  74/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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59.

Miles AheadUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1957:10Rank Score:605
Rank in 1950s59Overall Rank:3,121
Average Rating:  79/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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60.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:66 charts
Rank in 1957:11Rank Score:600
Rank in 1950s60Overall Rank:3,151
Average Rating:  77/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 0 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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