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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
981.

A Night At Birdland Vol. 3United States Art Blakey
Year of Release:1954Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1954:71Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s981Overall Rank:38,270
Average Rating:  75/100 (3 votes)
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982.

Lou Donaldson Sextet Volume 2United States Lou Donaldson Sextet
Year of Release:1954Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1954:72Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s982Overall Rank:38,278
Average Rating:  73/100 (1 vote)
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983.

An Evening With John Jacob NilesUnited States John Jacob Niles
Year of Release:1959Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1959:193Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s983Overall Rank:38,291
Average Rating:  68/100 (5 votes)
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984.

Branching OutUnited States Nat Adderley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1958:178Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s984Overall Rank:38,304
Average Rating:  74/100 (2 votes)
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985.

Johann Strauss II: Die FledermausMixed Nationality Herbert Von Karajan / Philharmonia Orchestra And Chorus / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Year of Release:1955Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1955:85Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s985Overall Rank:38,311
Average Rating:  73/100 (2 votes)
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986.

Gosto De VocêBrazil Alaíde Costa
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1959:194Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s986Overall Rank:38,322
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987.

Melancholy BabyUnited States Della Reese
Year of Release:1957Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1957:161Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s987Overall Rank:38,405
Average Rating:  73/100 (4 votes)
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988.

Jimmy Raney PlaysUnited States Jimmy Raney Quintet
Year of Release:1953Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1953:50Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s988Overall Rank:38,436
Average Rating:  73/100 (1 vote)
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988.

The Girl I Left Home ForUnited States Gwen Verdon
Year of Release:1956Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1956:127Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s988Overall Rank:38,436
Average Rating:  69/100 (2 votes)
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990.

The Lionel Hampton QuintetUnited States Lionel Hampton
Year of Release:1954Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1954:73Rank Score:12
Rank in 1950s990Overall Rank:38,504
Average Rating:  73/100 (11 votes)
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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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