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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... (2,455th)
by Benny Goodman
1951873,351 Hank Williams Sings (3,265th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521006,404 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,552nd)
by Various Artists
19531064,471 Black Coffee (2,448th)
by Peggy Lee
19541249,132 Chet Baker Sings (1,220th)
by Chet Baker
195517512,104 In The Wee Small Hours (443rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195625832,783 Elvis Presley (428th)
by Elvis Presley
195733938,199 Blue Train (426th)
by John Coltrane
195836032,733 Lady In Satin (702nd)
by Billie Holiday
195936898,018 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,973240,227

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
61.

Moanin' The BluesUnited States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1952Appears in:60 charts
Rank in 1952:3Rank Score:585
Rank in 1950s61Overall Rank:3,152
Average Rating:  74/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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62.

The Everly BrothersUnited States The Everly Brothers
Year of Release:1958Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1958:17Rank Score:584
Rank in 1950s62Overall Rank:3,154
Average Rating:  74/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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63.

SoulvilleUnited States Ben Webster
Year of Release:1957Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1957:11Rank Score:573
Rank in 1950s63Overall Rank:3,208
Average Rating:  77/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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64.

Monk's MusicUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1957Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1957:12Rank Score:568
Rank in 1950s64Overall Rank:3,228
Average Rating:  75/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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65.

Music Of India (Three Classical Ragas)India Ravi Shankar
Year of Release:1956Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1956:13Rank Score:567
Rank in 1950s65Overall Rank:3,236
Average Rating:  77/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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66.

Miles AheadUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1957:13Rank Score:564
Rank in 1950s66Overall Rank:3,249
Average Rating:  80/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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67.

Hank Williams Sings
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United States Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys
Year of Release:1951Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1951:1Rank Score:561
Rank in 1950s67Overall Rank:3,265
Average Rating:  75/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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68.

King CreoleUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1958:18Rank Score:561
Rank in 1950s68Overall Rank:3,269
Average Rating:  75/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Jazz In SilhouetteUnited States Sun Ra And His Arkestra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:63 charts
Rank in 1959:14Rank Score:552
Rank in 1950s69Overall Rank:3,315
Average Rating:  79/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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70.

Ellington UptownUnited States Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Year of Release:1952Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:513
Rank in 1950s70Overall Rank:3,520
Average Rating:  77/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 4 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%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 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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