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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 36,000 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.
1950653,467 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,477th)
by Benny Goodman
1951973,339 Hank Williams Sings (3,341st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521126,646 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,397th)
by Various Artists
19531254,686 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541449,421 Chet Baker Sings (1,253rd)
by Chet Baker
195521612,800 In The Wee Small Hours (450th)
by Frank Sinatra
195630334,099 Elvis Presley (419th)
by Elvis Presley
195738939,382 Blue Train (417th)
by John Coltrane
195840433,838 Lady In Satin (713th)
by Billie Holiday
1959406100,512 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,261248,189

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
61.

Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1958Appears in:77 charts
Rank in 1958:16Rank Score:599
Rank in 1950s61Overall Rank:3,155
Average Rating:  75/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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62.

Music Of India (Three Classical Ragas)India Ravi Shankar
Year of Release:1956Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1956:13Rank Score:598
Rank in 1950s62Overall Rank:3,163
Average Rating:  77/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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63.

Moanin' The BluesUnited States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1952Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1952:3Rank Score:595
Rank in 1950s63Overall Rank:3,175
Average Rating:  74/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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64.

The Best Of Muddy Waters
Compilation
United States Muddy Waters
Year of Release:1958Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1958:17Rank Score:582
Rank in 1950s64Overall Rank:3,232
Average Rating:  76/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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65.

Hank Williams Sings
Compilation
United States Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys
Year of Release:1951Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1951:1Rank Score:560
Rank in 1950s65Overall Rank:3,341
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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66.

King CreoleUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:77 charts
Rank in 1958:18Rank Score:556
Rank in 1950s66Overall Rank:3,360
Average Rating:  75/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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67.

Monk's MusicUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1957Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1957:12Rank Score:545
Rank in 1950s67Overall Rank:3,415
Average Rating:  76/100 (83 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Jazz In SilhouetteUnited States Sun Ra And His Arkestra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:64 charts
Rank in 1959:14Rank Score:534
Rank in 1950s68Overall Rank:3,471
Average Rating:  79/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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69.

Cookin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis Quintet
Year of Release:1957Appears in:77 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:521
Rank in 1950s69Overall Rank:3,539
Average Rating:  80/100 (92 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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70.

Ellington UptownUnited States Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Year of Release:1952Appears in:69 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:516
Rank in 1950s70Overall Rank:3,570
Average Rating:  77/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 41 4%
1952 49 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 126 13%
1957 165 17%
1958 180 18%
1959 193 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Miles Davis 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 752 75%
Mixed Nationality 55 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 36 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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