Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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.
19501104,475
19511243,816
19521456,957
19531795,289
195420710,175
195528212,826
195637429,256
195748943,659
195849037,429
195951182,306
Total2,911236,188

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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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 44 4%
1951 43 4%
1952 55 6%
1953 59 6%
1954 76 8%
1955 89 9%
1956 119 12%
1957 155 16%
1958 172 17%
1959 188 19%
Country Albums %


United States 769 77%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
United Kingdom 31 3%
France 28 3%
Brazil 27 3%
Canada 13 1%
Austria 10 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 945 95%
Yes 55 6%
Live? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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