Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 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.
19501215,174
19511374,018
19521537,257
19531875,760
195422110,138
195531014,664
195641931,170
195753945,580
195854139,008
195958784,621
Total3,215247,390

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, Art Blakey, Buddy Holly, Thelonious Monk, The Dave Brubeck Quartet and John Coltrane.
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1959
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3,129
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1957
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3,056
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1956
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2,944
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1957
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2,854
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1958
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2,836
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1957
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2,608
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1957
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2,479
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1959
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2,404
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1958
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2,383
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1954
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2,346
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 2 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 45 5%
1951 42 4%
1952 58 6%
1953 61 6%
1954 75 8%
1955 88 9%
1956 114 11%
1957 158 16%
1958 172 17%
1959 187 19%
Country Albums %


United States 777 78%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
United Kingdom 32 3%
France 30 3%
Brazil 21 2%
Canada 14 1%
Austria 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 944 94%
Yes 56 6%
Live? Albums %
No 963 96%
Yes 37 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
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