Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 42,000 greatest album charts.

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1950s decade summary
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.
19501014,267
19511163,782
19521386,283
19531745,690
19541999,676
195527212,556
195635928,690
195746041,716
195847136,060
195948881,055
Total2,778229,775

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, Art Blakey, Buddy Holly, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.
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1959
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69
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56
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29
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28
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Total albums: 32. Page 1 of 4

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 43 4%
1951 44 4%
1952 56 6%
1953 61 6%
1954 71 7%
1955 90 9%
1956 120 12%
1957 153 15%
1958 177 18%
1959 185 19%
Country Albums %


United States 767 77%
Mixed Nationality 56 6%
United Kingdom 32 3%
Brazil 28 3%
France 24 2%
Canada 12 1%
Italy 6 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 945 95%
Yes 55 6%
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