Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 greatest album charts.

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1950s decade summary
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.
19501134,474
19511253,828
19521476,958
19531825,355
195421210,420
195529113,010
195639429,351
195751144,049
195850338,719
195953482,587
Total3,012238,751

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, Art Blakey, Buddy Holly, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.
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1959
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30,048
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1959
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7,956
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1959
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6,928
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1957
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5,876
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5,023
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4,917
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1959
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4,329
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1957
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3,934
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1959
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3,367
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1958
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3,153
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 44 4%
1951 44 4%
1952 54 5%
1953 59 6%
1954 77 8%
1955 88 9%
1956 121 12%
1957 153 15%
1958 173 17%
1959 187 19%
Country Albums %


United States 771 77%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
United Kingdom 31 3%
France 28 3%
Brazil 28 3%
Canada 12 1%
Austria 9 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 946 95%
Yes 54 5%
Live? Albums %
No 967 97%
Yes 33 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 986 99%
Yes 14 1%
Best Albums of the 1950s
1. Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis
2. Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus
3. Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
4. Blue Train by John Coltrane
5. Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley
6. In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
7. The Shape Of Jazz To Come by Ornette Coleman
8. Here's Little Richard by Little Richard
9. Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
10. Lady In Satin by Billie Holiday
11. Songs For Swingin' Lovers! by Frank Sinatra
12. Brilliant Corners by Thelonious Monk
13. Chuck Berry Is On Top by Chuck Berry
14. Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins
15. Somethin' Else by Cannonball Adderley
16. Moanin' In The Moonlight by Howlin' Wolf
17. Birth Of The Cool by Miles Davis
18. The "Chirping" Crickets by The Crickets
19. Buddy Holly by Buddy Holly
20. Chet Baker Sings by Chet Baker
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