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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
981.

Clifford Brown With StringsUnited States Clifford Brown
Year of Release:1955Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1955:87Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s981Overall Rank:36,733
Average Rating:  70/100 (6 votes)
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982.

Paul AnkaCanada Paul Anka
Year of Release:1958Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1958:177Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s982Overall Rank:36,768
Average Rating:  74/100 (1 vote)
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983.

Retalhos Do NordesteBrazil Luiz Vieira
Year of Release:1958Appears in:1 chart
Rank in 1958:178Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s983Overall Rank:36,789
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984.

If You Only KnewUnited States Jimmy Scott
Year of Release:1955Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1955:88Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s984Overall Rank:36,804
Average Rating:  72/100 (7 votes)
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985.

Billie Holiday At Jazz At The PhilharmonicUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1954Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1954:72Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s985Overall Rank:36,901
Average Rating:  70/100 (4 votes)
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986.

The OpenerUnited States Curtis Fuller
Year of Release:1957Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1957:163Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s986Overall Rank:36,930
Average Rating:  73/100 (3 votes)
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987.

Ataulfo Alves E Suas PastorasBrazil Ataulfo Alves
Year of Release:1959Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1959:189Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s987Overall Rank:37,016
Average Rating:  73/100 (1 vote)
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988.

Drum SuiteUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1957Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1957:164Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s988Overall Rank:37,028
Average Rating:  74/100 (4 votes)
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989.

Kenny Dorham QuintetUnited States Kenny Dorham Quintet
Year of Release:1954Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1954:73Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s989Overall Rank:37,063
Average Rating:  73/100 (2 votes)
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990.

The CongregationUnited States Johnny Griffin
Year of Release:1958Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1958:179Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s990Overall Rank:37,092
Average Rating:  73/100 (3 votes)
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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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