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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 38,000 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.
1950693,851 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,516th)
by Benny Goodman
19511003,449 Hank Williams Sings (3,452nd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521176,879 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,498th)
by Various Artists
19531354,782 Black Coffee (2,410th)
by Peggy Lee
19541719,688 Chet Baker Sings (1,237th)
by Chet Baker
195523413,650 In The Wee Small Hours (430th)
by Frank Sinatra
195633035,558 Elvis Presley (421st)
by Elvis Presley
195742641,324 Blue Train (426th)
by John Coltrane
195843836,112 Lady In Satin (693rd)
by Billie Holiday
1959444103,462 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,464258,754

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Art Blakey, Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday and John Coltrane.
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RankAlbumArtist
121.

The Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1956Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1956:20Rank Score:299
Rank in 1950s121Overall Rank:5,616
Average Rating:  73/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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122.

Study In BrownUnited States Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Year of Release:1955Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1955:7Rank Score:297
Rank in 1950s122Overall Rank:5,639
Average Rating:  79/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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123.

Palo CongoUnited States Sabu
Year of Release:1957Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1957:22Rank Score:295
Rank in 1950s123Overall Rank:5,677
Average Rating:  73/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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124.

SoultraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1958Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1958:29Rank Score:287
Rank in 1950s124Overall Rank:5,779
Average Rating:  76/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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125.

Chante Les Chansons Poétiques no1France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1953:2Rank Score:287
Rank in 1950s125Overall Rank:5,791
Average Rating:  71/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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126.

Bound For GloryUnited States Woody Guthrie
Year of Release:1956Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1956:21Rank Score:278
Rank in 1950s126Overall Rank:5,916
Average Rating:  73/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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127.

Concert By The SeaUnited States Erroll Garner
Year of Release:1955Appears in:69 charts
Rank in 1955:8Rank Score:275
Rank in 1950s127Overall Rank:5,974
Average Rating:  77/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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128.

Songs Of IrelandIreland Mary O'Hara
Year of Release:1958Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1958:30Rank Score:274
Rank in 1950s128Overall Rank:5,982
Average Rating:  76/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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129.

A Date With ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1959Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1959:26Rank Score:274
Rank in 1950s129Overall Rank:5,984
Average Rating:  75/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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130.

UnforgettableUnited States Nat King Cole
Year of Release:1952Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1952:8Rank Score:273
Rank in 1950s130Overall Rank:5,997
Average Rating:  73/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 33 3%
1951 38 4%
1952 51 5%
1953 53 5%
1954 72 7%
1955 88 9%
1956 126 13%
1957 166 17%
1958 185 19%
1959 188 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 19 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 753 75%
Mixed Nationality 58 6%
United Kingdom 34 3%
Brazil 34 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 12 1%
Cuba 6 1%
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