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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 28,000 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.
1950543,199 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,688th)
by Benny Goodman
1951632,442 Hank Williams Sings (3,139th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952724,263 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,382nd)
by Various Artists
1953783,910 Black Coffee (2,378th)
by Peggy Lee
1954855,711 Chet Baker Sings (1,383rd)
by Chet Baker
195511910,653 In The Wee Small Hours (441st)
by Frank Sinatra
195619527,571 Elvis Presley (412th)
by Elvis Presley
195725031,020 Blue Train (450th)
by John Coltrane
195827326,005 Lady In Satin (743rd)
by Billie Holiday
195929183,753 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,480198,527

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane, Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
141.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1953:4Rank Score:186
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:6,840
Average Rating:  73/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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142.

The President Plays With The Oscar Peterson TrioUnited States Lester Young
Year of Release:1952Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1952:7Rank Score:184
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:6,925
Average Rating:  70/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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143.

Anita Sings The MostUnited States Anita O'Day
Year of Release:1957Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1957:28Rank Score:184
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:6,927
Average Rating:  68/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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144.

DjangoUnited States Modern Jazz Quartet
Year of Release:1956Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1956:24Rank Score:178
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:7,093
Average Rating:  73/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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145.

An Evening Wasted With Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:178
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:7,097
Average Rating:  71/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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146.

Gene Vincent & The Blue CapsUnited States Gene Vincent
Year of Release:1957Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1957:29Rank Score:178
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,104
Average Rating:  72/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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147.

Satan Is RealUnited States The Louvin Brothers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1959:28Rank Score:176
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,133
Average Rating:  72/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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148.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1953:5Rank Score:176
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,144
Average Rating:  76/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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149.

Elvis' Christmas AlbumUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1957Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:176
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,151
Average Rating:  71/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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150.

No One CaresUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1959:29Rank Score:175
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,185
Average Rating:  78/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 35 4%
1951 42 4%
1952 44 4%
1953 47 5%
1954 65 7%
1955 85 9%
1956 124 12%
1957 176 18%
1958 183 18%
1959 199 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 828 83%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
France 24 2%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 6 1%
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