Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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.
1950883,862
19511163,441
19521385,902
19531745,424
19541989,257
195527012,213
195635828,165
195745740,818
195846835,307
195948679,559
Total2,753223,947

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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30,870
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1959
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7,591
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1959
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6,499
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1957
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5,424
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1955
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4,772
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1956
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4,739
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1959
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4,318
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1957
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3,419
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1959
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2,887
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1958
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2,860
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 40 4%
1951 42 4%
1952 52 5%
1953 57 6%
1954 69 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 123 12%
1957 158 16%
1958 182 18%
1959 189 19%
Country Albums %


United States 766 77%
Mixed Nationality 54 5%
United Kingdom 33 3%
Brazil 31 3%
France 24 2%
Canada 10 1%
Italy 8 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 947 95%
Yes 54 5%
Live? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 11 1%
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