Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
19501255,242
19511414,185
19521516,941
19531946,682
195423011,122
195532814,840
195643632,228
195756845,295
195857041,336
195961581,336
Total3,358249,206

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Billie Holiday and John Coltrane.
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1957
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411
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Year of Release:
1951
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408
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Year of Release:
1950
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407
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Year of Release:
1950
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Rank Score:
405
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1956
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Rank Score:
396
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1954
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Rank Score:
389
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Year of Release:
1957
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Rank Score:
384
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Year of Release:
1956
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378
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1958
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370
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1954
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367
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 11 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 41 4%
1951 40 4%
1952 58 6%
1953 62 6%
1954 76 8%
1955 85 9%
1956 117 12%
1957 150 15%
1958 174 17%
1959 197 20%
Country Albums %


United States 778 78%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
France 32 3%
United Kingdom 26 3%
Brazil 21 2%
Canada 13 1%
Austria 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 943 94%
Yes 57 6%
Live? Albums %
No 962 96%
Yes 38 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
Best Albums of 1960
1. Giant Steps by John Coltrane
2. Sketches Of Spain by Miles Davis
3. At Last! by Etta James
4. Blues & Roots by Charles Mingus
5. Elvis Is Back! by Elvis Presley
6. Joan Baez by Joan Baez
7. We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite by Max Roach
8. Soul Station by Hank Mobley
9. The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery by Wes Montgomery
10. At Newport 1960 by Muddy Waters
11. Portrait In Jazz by Bill Evans Trio
12. A Date With The Everly Brothers by The Everly Brothers
13. Miriam Makeba by Miriam Makeba
14. Drums Of Passion by Olatunji
15. Ella In Berlin by Ella Fitzgerald
16. Walk Don't Run by The Ventures
17. The Big Beat by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
18. Presents Charles Mingus by Charles Mingus
19. Rockin' At The Hops by Chuck Berry
20. Open Sesame by Freddie Hubbard
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