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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... (2,689th)
by Benny Goodman
1951632,442 Hank Williams Sings (3,141st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952724,262 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,380th)
by Various Artists
1953783,910 Black Coffee (2,376th)
by Peggy Lee
1954855,711 Chet Baker Sings (1,380th)
by Chet Baker
195511910,683 In The Wee Small Hours (439th)
by Frank Sinatra
195619527,499 Elvis Presley (412th)
by Elvis Presley
195725030,980 Blue Train (450th)
by John Coltrane
195827225,990 Lady In Satin (742nd)
by Billie Holiday
195929183,785 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,479198,461

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
181.

John Cage: Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared PianoUnited States Maro Ajemian
Year of Release:1951Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1951:6Rank Score:141
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:8,458
Average Rating:  71/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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182.

Chantilly LaceUnited States The Big Bopper
Year of Release:1958Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:141
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:8,471
Average Rating:  71/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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183.

Thelonious Monk TrioUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1954Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1954:11Rank Score:140
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:8,524
Average Rating:  73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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184.

The Best Of Little Walter
Compilation
United States Little Walter
Year of Release:1958Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1958:36Rank Score:139
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:8,586
Average Rating:  67/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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185.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1950:7Rank Score:137
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:8,637
Average Rating:  74/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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186.

Chante Les Chansons Poétiques no1France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:136
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:8,686
Average Rating:  71/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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187.

Patsy ClineUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1957Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1957:37Rank Score:135
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:8,728
Average Rating:  74/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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188.

RickyUnited States Ricky Nelson
Year of Release:1957Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1957:38Rank Score:133
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:8,810
Average Rating:  70/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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189.

Lullabies Of BirdlandUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1955Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1955:11Rank Score:133
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:8,845
Average Rating:  73/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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190.

ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1957:39Rank Score:133
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:8,854
Average Rating:  74/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 35 4%
1951 42 4%
1952 45 5%
1953 47 5%
1954 65 7%
1955 85 9%
1956 124 12%
1957 176 18%
1958 182 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%
Brazil 13 1%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Germany 6 1%
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