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Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 37,000 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.
1950683,636 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,542nd)
by Benny Goodman
1951993,255 Hank Williams Sings (3,361st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,802 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,449th)
by Various Artists
19531314,738 Black Coffee (2,484th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,563 Chet Baker Sings (1,242nd)
by Chet Baker
195522313,089 In The Wee Small Hours (430th)
by Frank Sinatra
195631534,412 Elvis Presley (431st)
by Elvis Presley
195740640,422 Blue Train (413th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,791 Lady In Satin (697th)
by Billie Holiday
1959424101,848 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,357252,556

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy Holly, John Coltrane, Art Blakey and Billie Holiday.
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RankAlbumArtist
981.

Clifford Brown With StringsUnited States Clifford Brown
Year of Release:1955Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1955:88Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s981Overall Rank:37,178
Average Rating:  70/100 (6 votes)
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982.

GypsyMixed Nationality The Original Broadway Cast
Year of Release:1959Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1959:189Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s982Overall Rank:37,202
Average Rating:  76/100 (4 votes)
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983.

Pal JoeyUnited States The 1951 Studio Cast
Year of Release:1951Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1951:39Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s983Overall Rank:37,215
Average Rating:  74/100 (2 votes)
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984.

Billie Holiday At Jazz At The PhilharmonicUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1954Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1954:71Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s984Overall Rank:37,272
Average Rating:  70/100 (4 votes)
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985.

If You Only KnewUnited States Jimmy Scott
Year of Release:1955Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1955:89Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s985Overall Rank:37,376
Average Rating:  72/100 (7 votes)
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986.

On Your Toes (A Decca Original Cast Production)Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1954Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1954:72Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s986Overall Rank:37,411
Average Rating:  75/100 (1 vote)
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987.

Country Love BalladsUnited States The Louvin Brothers
Year of Release:1958Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1958:180Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s987Overall Rank:37,419
Average Rating:  70/100 (2 votes)
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988.

Memorial AlbumUnited States Fats Navarro
Year of Release:1952Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1952:48Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s988Overall Rank:37,424
Average Rating:  72/100 (5 votes)
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989.

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, Op. 93Mixed Nationality Dimitri Mitropoulos / New York Philharmonic
Year of Release:1954Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1954:73Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s989Overall Rank:37,444
Average Rating:  72/100 (5 votes)
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990.

More Of Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1959Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1959:190Rank Score:14
Rank in 1950s990Overall Rank:37,454
Average Rating:  75/100 (5 votes)
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 48 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 124 12%
1957 168 17%
1958 181 18%
1959 193 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 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 740 74%
Mixed Nationality 59 6%
Brazil 38 4%
United Kingdom 37 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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