Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 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.
1950824,020
19511123,744
19521337,091
19531605,536
19541839,983
195525414,564
195634132,368
195743545,806
195845137,169
1959451105,190
Total2,602265,472

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Art Blakey, Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday and John Coltrane.
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Total albums: 60. Page 1 of 6

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 37 4%
1951 41 4%
1952 52 5%
1953 60 6%
1954 72 7%
1955 90 9%
1956 124 12%
1957 157 16%
1958 180 18%
1959 187 19%
Country Albums %


United States 755 76%
Mixed Nationality 55 6%
United Kingdom 33 3%
Brazil 33 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 11 1%
Italy 7 1%
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Best Albums of 1958
1. Lady In Satin by Billie Holiday
2. Somethin' Else by Cannonball Adderley
3. Buddy Holly by Buddy Holly
4. Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely by Frank Sinatra
5. Little Girl Blue by Nina Simone
6. Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud by Miles Davis
7. Milestones by Miles Davis
8. Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley
9. Porgy And Bess by Miles Davis
10. The Atomic Mr. Basie by Count Basie And His Orchestra & Neal Hefti
11. Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra
12. Jerry Lee Lewis by Jerry Lee Lewis
13. One Dozen Berrys by Chuck Berry
14. The Everly Brothers by The Everly Brothers
15. Little Richard by Little Richard
16. The Best Of Muddy Waters by Muddy Waters
17. Elvis' Golden Records by Elvis Presley
18. King Creole by Elvis Presley
19. Misterioso by Thelonious Monk
20. Relaxin' With The Miles Davis Quintet by Miles Davis Quintet


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