Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19501215,014
19511363,848
19521537,032
19531865,465
19542219,938
195530614,334
195641330,242
195753444,609
195852937,989
195957384,066
Total3,172242,537

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 Billie Holiday.
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1959
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28,241
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1959
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7,786
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1959
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6,765
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1957
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5,762
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1956
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5,081
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1955
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4,926
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1959
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4,097
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1957
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3,889
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1959
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3,438
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1958
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3,110
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 44 4%
1951 44 4%
1952 56 6%
1953 60 6%
1954 75 8%
1955 86 9%
1956 113 11%
1957 158 16%
1958 176 18%
1959 189 19%
Country Albums %


United States 775 77%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
United Kingdom 32 3%
France 30 3%
Brazil 24 2%
Canada 13 1%
Austria 10 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 945 94%
Yes 56 6%
Live? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 37 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 19 2%
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