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.
19501134,473
19511253,828
19521476,957
19531825,354
19542119,476
195529213,798
195639429,343
195751144,048
195850338,717
195953482,536
Total3,012238,529

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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30,020
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1959
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7,951
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1959
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6,923
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1957
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5,874
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5,020
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4,913
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1959
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4,327
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1957
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3,942
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1959
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3,366
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1958
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3,152
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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 54 5%
1953 59 6%
1954 76 8%
1955 89 9%
1956 121 12%
1957 153 15%
1958 173 17%
1959 187 19%
Country Albums %


United States 771 77%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
United Kingdom 31 3%
France 28 3%
Brazil 28 3%
Canada 12 1%
Austria 9 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 946 95%
Yes 54 5%
Live? Albums %
No 967 97%
Yes 33 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 986 99%
Yes 14 1%
Best Albums of 1951
1. Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 1 by Thelonious Monk
2. Masterpieces By Ellington by Duke Ellington
3. Hank Williams Sings by Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys
4. Ritual Of The Savage by Les Baxter
5. Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite by Machito
6. On Moonlight Bay by Doris Day
7. Les Paul's New Sound, Vol. 2 by Les Paul & Mary Ford
8. Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared Piano By John Cage by Maro Ajemian
9. Lover Man by Billie Holiday
10. The New Sounds by Miles Davis
11. Judy At The Palace by Judy Garland
12. Harmony Time Vol.2 by The Chordettes
13. Satchmo At Symphony Hall by Louis Armstrong
14. Talking And Drum Solos by Baby Dodds
15. The Great Caruso by Mario Lanza
16. Porgy And Bess by George Gershwin
17. Lullaby Of Broadway by Doris Day
18. I'll See You In My Dreams by Doris Day
19. A Streetcar Named Desire by Alex North
20. Blessed Assurance by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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