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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 27,000 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.
1950543,088 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,688th)
by Benny Goodman
1951612,417 Hank Williams Sings (3,097th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952714,173 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,320th)
by Various Artists
1953753,601 Black Coffee (2,403rd)
by Peggy Lee
1954846,739 Chet Baker Sings (1,351st)
by Chet Baker
19551169,693 In The Wee Small Hours (431st)
by Frank Sinatra
195619427,261 Elvis Presley (414th)
by Elvis Presley
195724730,379 Blue Train (458th)
by John Coltrane
195826625,518 Lady In Satin (749th)
by Billie Holiday
195928080,880 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,448193,750

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

DjangoUnited States Modern Jazz Quartet
Year of Release:1956Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1956:24Rank Score:178
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:6,919
Average Rating:  74/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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142.

An Evening Wasted With Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1959Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:178
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:6,941
Average Rating:  72/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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143.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1953:4Rank Score:178
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:6,948
Average Rating:  72/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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144.

Newport 1958United States Mahalia Jackson
Year of Release:1958Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1958:29Rank Score:178
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:6,952
Average Rating:  74/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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145.

Like Someone in LoveUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1957Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1957:30Rank Score:176
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:6,992
Average Rating:  77/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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146.

Satan Is RealUnited States The Louvin Brothers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1959:28Rank Score:175
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:7,028
Average Rating:  73/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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147.

No One CaresUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1959:29Rank Score:175
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:7,032
Average Rating:  79/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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148.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1953:5Rank Score:173
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,090
Average Rating:  73/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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149.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1957Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1957:31Rank Score:172
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,133
Average Rating:  77/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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150.

Béla Bartók: Concerto For OrchestraMixed Nationality Fritz Reiner / Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1956:25Rank Score:172
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,137
Average Rating:  77/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 33 3%
1951 40 4%
1952 47 5%
1953 47 5%
1954 65 7%
1955 85 9%
1956 129 13%
1957 173 17%
1958 186 19%
1959 195 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 24 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 40 4%
France 25 3%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 11 1%
Germany 6 1%
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