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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
51.

Jerry Lee LewisUnited States Jerry Lee Lewis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1958:14Rank Score:658
Rank in 1950s51Overall Rank:2,887
Average Rating:  73/100 (63 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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52.

The Wildest!United States Louis Prima
Year of Release:1956Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1956:12Rank Score:645
Rank in 1950s52Overall Rank:2,927
Average Rating:  76/100 (89 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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53.

ChetUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1959Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1959:11Rank Score:645
Rank in 1950s53Overall Rank:2,928
Average Rating:  80/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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54.

What'd I SayUnited States Ray Charles
Year of Release:1959Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1959:12Rank Score:636
Rank in 1950s54Overall Rank:2,952
Average Rating:  77/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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55.

Rock Around The ClockUnited States Bill Haley And His Comets
Year of Release:1955Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1955:2Rank Score:633
Rank in 1950s55Overall Rank:2,962
Average Rating:  72/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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56.

N° 4Belgium Jacques Brel
Year of Release:1959Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1959:13Rank Score:625
Rank in 1950s56Overall Rank:2,992
Average Rating:  72/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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57.

Songs For Young LoversUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1954Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1954:3Rank Score:621
Rank in 1950s57Overall Rank:3,005
Average Rating:  76/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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58.

Cookin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis Quintet
Year of Release:1957Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1957:10Rank Score:599
Rank in 1950s58Overall Rank:3,094
Average Rating:  80/100 (86 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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59.

Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1958Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1958:15Rank Score:594
Rank in 1950s59Overall Rank:3,112
Average Rating:  75/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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60.

The Best Of Muddy Waters
Compilation
United States Muddy Waters
Year of Release:1958Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1958:16Rank Score:585
Rank in 1950s60Overall Rank:3,151
Average Rating:  76/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 2 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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