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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.
1950502,556 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,826th)
by Benny Goodman
1951642,631 Hank Williams Sings (3,180th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952744,502 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,495th)
by Various Artists
1953804,278 Black Coffee (2,287th)
by Peggy Lee
1954867,374 Chet Baker Sings (1,267th)
by Chet Baker
195512410,232 In The Wee Small Hours (436th)
by Frank Sinatra
195620229,144 Elvis Presley (410th)
by Elvis Presley
195726733,792 Blue Train (437th)
by John Coltrane
195828927,623 Lady In Satin (750th)
by Billie Holiday
195930688,685 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,542210,815

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.

For LP Fans OnlyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:38Rank Score:149
Rank in 1950s181Overall Rank:8,483
Average Rating:  71/100 (26 votes)
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182.

Songs By Tom LehrerUnited States Tom Lehrer
Year of Release:1953Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1953:8Rank Score:149
Rank in 1950s182Overall Rank:8,508
Average Rating:  71/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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183.

Sarah Vaughan In Hi-FiUnited States Sarah Vaughan
Year of Release:1950Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1950:6Rank Score:148
Rank in 1950s183Overall Rank:8,514
Average Rating:  73/100 (16 votes)
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184.

Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will TravelUnited States Duane Eddy
Year of Release:1958Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1958:35Rank Score:148
Rank in 1950s184Overall Rank:8,522
Average Rating:  68/100 (18 votes)
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185.

FontessaUnited States Modern Jazz Quartet
Year of Release:1956Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1956:27Rank Score:146
Rank in 1950s185Overall Rank:8,607
Average Rating:  75/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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186.

Igor Stravinsky: Rite Of SpringUkraine Igor Markevitch / Vienna Philharmonic
Year of Release:1952Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1952:9Rank Score:146
Rank in 1950s186Overall Rank:8,637
Average Rating:  75/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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187.

Odetta Sings Ballads And BluesUnited States Odetta
Year of Release:1956Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1956:28Rank Score:145
Rank in 1950s187Overall Rank:8,662
Average Rating:  74/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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188.

Patsy ClineUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1957Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1957:37Rank Score:140
Rank in 1950s188Overall Rank:8,878
Average Rating:  74/100 (8 votes)
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189.

ColtraneUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1957:38Rank Score:140
Rank in 1950s189Overall Rank:8,914
Average Rating:  73/100 (25 votes)
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190.

John Cage: Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared PianoUnited States Maro Ajemian
Year of Release:1951Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1951:6Rank Score:139
Rank in 1950s190Overall Rank:8,931
Average Rating:  71/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 38 4%
1952 44 4%
1953 48 5%
1954 68 7%
1955 81 8%
1956 127 13%
1957 178 18%
1958 182 18%
1959 203 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Billie Holiday 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 12 1%
Sarah Vaughan 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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