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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 30,000 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.
1950502,556 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,825th)
by Benny Goodman
1951642,631 Hank Williams Sings (3,181st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952744,503 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,496th)
by Various Artists
1953804,270 Black Coffee (2,287th)
by Peggy Lee
1954867,373 Chet Baker Sings (1,268th)
by Chet Baker
195512410,210 In The Wee Small Hours (436th)
by Frank Sinatra
195620229,136 Elvis Presley (410th)
by Elvis Presley
195726733,789 Blue Train (437th)
by John Coltrane
195828827,609 Lady In Satin (750th)
by Billie Holiday
195930688,649 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,541210,725

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
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,155 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:44,430
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,540 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:405 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:8,308
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:302
Average Rating:  84/100 (429 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:389 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:6,780
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:357
Average Rating:  84/100 (425 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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4.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:359 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,830
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:410
Average Rating:  80/100 (495 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:293 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:5,491
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:436
Average Rating:  80/100 (403 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:340 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:5,473
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:437
Average Rating:  83/100 (394 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:280 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:4,722
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:501
Average Rating:  81/100 (316 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:238 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:3,512
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:650
Average Rating:  78/100 (289 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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9.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:3,009
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:750
Average Rating:  80/100 (228 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:217 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,994
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:751
Average Rating:  81/100 (224 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 38 4%
1952 44 4%
1953 48 5%
1954 68 7%
1955 82 8%
1956 127 13%
1957 178 18%
1958 181 18%
1959 203 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Billie Holiday 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 831 83%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
France 23 2%
Canada 16 2%
United Kingdom 12 1%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 6 1%
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