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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 30,000 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.
1950502,557 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,826th)
by Benny Goodman
1951642,632 Hank Williams Sings (3,182nd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952734,509 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,493rd)
by Various Artists
1953804,291 Black Coffee (2,270th)
by Peggy Lee
1954867,453 Chet Baker Sings (1,261st)
by Chet Baker
195512410,213 In The Wee Small Hours (442nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195620129,212 Elvis Presley (410th)
by Elvis Presley
195726733,997 Blue Train (435th)
by John Coltrane
195828827,825 Lady In Satin (746th)
by Billie Holiday
195930588,914 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,538211,602

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.

Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz QuartetUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1953Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1953:5Rank Score:201
Rank in 1950s141Overall Rank:6,774
Average Rating:  75/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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142.

The Amazing Nina SimoneUnited States Nina Simone
Year of Release:1959Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1959:27Rank Score:200
Rank in 1950s142Overall Rank:6,800
Average Rating:  75/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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143.

Rock And Rollin' With Fats DominoUnited States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1955Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1955:9Rank Score:199
Rank in 1950s143Overall Rank:6,826
Average Rating:  73/100 (22 votes)
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144.

Gene Vincent & The Blue CapsUnited States Gene Vincent
Year of Release:1957Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1957:26Rank Score:197
Rank in 1950s144Overall Rank:6,862
Average Rating:  73/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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145.

A Night At Birdland Vol. 1United States Art Blakey
Year of Release:1954Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1954:10Rank Score:197
Rank in 1950s145Overall Rank:6,880
Average Rating:  75/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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146.

Anita Sings The MostUnited States Anita O'Day
Year of Release:1957Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1957:27Rank Score:196
Rank in 1950s146Overall Rank:6,903
Average Rating:  69/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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147.

Like Someone in LoveUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1957Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1957:28Rank Score:195
Rank in 1950s147Overall Rank:6,922
Average Rating:  77/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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148.

Rhapsody In Blue / An American In ParisUnited States Leonard Bernstein / Columbia Symphony Orchestra / New York Philharmonic
Year of Release:1959Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1959:28Rank Score:191
Rank in 1950s148Overall Rank:7,051
Average Rating:  75/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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149.

Blossom DearieUnited States Blossom Dearie
Year of Release:1957Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1957:29Rank Score:190
Rank in 1950s149Overall Rank:7,072
Average Rating:  73/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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150.

Dean Martin SingsUnited States Dean Martin
Year of Release:1953Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1953:6Rank Score:189
Rank in 1950s150Overall Rank:7,089
Average Rating:  73/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 43 4%
1953 48 5%
1954 68 7%
1955 82 8%
1956 126 13%
1957 178 18%
1958 181 18%
1959 204 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 21 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Billie Holiday 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 831 83%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
France 23 2%
Canada 16 2%
United Kingdom 12 1%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 6 1%
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