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.
1950824,069
19511123,869
19521337,207
19531615,640
195418310,277
195525514,620
195634132,448
195743546,054
195845237,442
1959450105,452
Total2,604267,079

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: 179. Page 1 of 18

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 38 4%
1951 44 4%
1952 55 6%
1953 60 6%
1954 73 7%
1955 90 9%
1956 122 12%
1957 153 15%
1958 179 18%
1959 186 19%
Country Albums %


United States 758 76%
Mixed Nationality 55 6%
United Kingdom 33 3%
Brazil 31 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 10 1%
Italy 6 1%
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