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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 (3,096th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952714,153 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,324th)
by Various Artists
1953753,601 Black Coffee (2,402nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954846,739 Chet Baker Sings (1,349th)
by Chet Baker
19551169,693 In The Wee Small Hours (432nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195619427,256 Elvis Presley (414th)
by Elvis Presley
195724730,319 Blue Train (461st)
by John Coltrane
195826625,498 Lady In Satin (748th)
by Billie Holiday
195928080,888 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,448193,652

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
181.

Something Else!!!United States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1958Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1958:33Rank Score:140
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:8,360
Average Rating:  73/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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182.

The Best Of Little Walter
Compilation
United States Little Walter
Year of Release:1958Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1958:34Rank Score:139
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:8,406
Average Rating:  68/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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183.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:136
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:8,516
Average Rating:  73/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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184.

Chante Les Chansons Poétiques no1France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:136
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:8,526
Average Rating:  67/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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185.

Thelonious Monk TrioUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1954Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1954:12Rank Score:135
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:8,576
Average Rating:  73/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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186.

RickyUnited States Ricky Nelson
Year of Release:1957Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1957:37Rank Score:135
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:8,596
Average Rating:  70/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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187.

The Sermon!United States Jimmy Smith
Year of Release:1959Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1959:38Rank Score:135
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:8,604
Average Rating:  77/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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188.

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:135
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:8,610
Average Rating:  72/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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189.

ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1957:38Rank Score:134
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:8,663
Average Rating:  74/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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190.

Lullabies Of BirdlandUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1955Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1955:10Rank Score:133
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:8,687
Average Rating:  74/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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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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