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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
51.

La Valse À Mille TempsBelgium Jacques Brel
Year of Release:1959Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1959:12Rank Score:718
Rank in 1950s51Overall Rank:2,790
Average Rating:  74/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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52.

ChetUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1959Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1959:13Rank Score:685
Rank in 1950s52Overall Rank:2,884
Average Rating:  80/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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53.

Jazz At Massey HallUnited States The Quintet
Year of Release:1956Appears in:93 charts
Rank in 1956:11Rank Score:675
Rank in 1950s53Overall Rank:2,917
Average Rating:  77/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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54.

Songs For Young LoversUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1954Appears in:81 charts
Rank in 1954:3Rank Score:669
Rank in 1950s54Overall Rank:2,939
Average Rating:  76/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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55.

The Wildest!United States Louis Prima
Year of Release:1956Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1956:12Rank Score:657
Rank in 1950s55Overall Rank:2,966
Average Rating:  76/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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56.

Rock Around The ClockUnited States Bill Haley And His Comets
Year of Release:1955Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1955:2Rank Score:656
Rank in 1950s56Overall Rank:2,969
Average Rating:  73/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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57.

The Everly BrothersUnited States The Everly Brothers
Year of Release:1958Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1958:14Rank Score:654
Rank in 1950s57Overall Rank:2,978
Average Rating:  75/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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58.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1957:10Rank Score:645
Rank in 1950s58Overall Rank:3,012
Average Rating:  77/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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59.

Cookin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis Quintet
Year of Release:1957Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1957:11Rank Score:641
Rank in 1950s59Overall Rank:3,021
Average Rating:  80/100 (97 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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60.

Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1958Appears in:81 charts
Rank in 1958:15Rank Score:629
Rank in 1950s60Overall Rank:3,056
Average Rating:  75/100 (64 votes)
Comments: 2 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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