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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 31,000 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.
1950522,568 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,864th)
by Benny Goodman
1951672,779 Hank Williams Sings (3,221st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952764,613 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,603rd)
by Various Artists
1953824,609 Black Coffee (2,303rd)
by Peggy Lee
1954897,441 Chet Baker Sings (1,266th)
by Chet Baker
195512910,695 In The Wee Small Hours (428th)
by Frank Sinatra
195620629,553 Elvis Presley (414th)
by Elvis Presley
195727234,156 Blue Train (439th)
by John Coltrane
195829328,624 Lady In Satin (726th)
by Billie Holiday
195931390,405 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,579215,443

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
211.

More MoondogUnited States Moondog
Year of Release:1956Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1956:29Rank Score:119
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:10,314
Average Rating:  72/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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212.

Johnny Cash Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous
Compilation
United States Johnny Cash
Year of Release:1958Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:10,427
Average Rating:  74/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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213.

This Is How I Feel About JazzUnited States Quincy Jones
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:44Rank Score:117
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:10,482
Average Rating:  72/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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214.

Afro-CubanUnited States Kenny Dorham
Year of Release:1955Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1955:11Rank Score:115
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:10,622
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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215.

Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams SingsUnited States Count Basie / Joe Williams
Year of Release:1956Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1956:30Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:10,678
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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216.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1958Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1958:40Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:10,700
Average Rating:  77/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

Super-Sonic JazzUnited States Sun Ra And His Arkestra
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:45Rank Score:113
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:10,736
Average Rating:  72/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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218.

T-Bone BluesUnited States T-Bone Walker
Year of Release:1959Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1959:44Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:10,846
Average Rating:  74/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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219.

At The Pershing : But Not For MeUnited States Ahmad Jamal
Year of Release:1958Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1958:41Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:10,864
Average Rating:  76/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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220.

Legend Of The Sun VirginPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1952Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1952:11Rank Score:111
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:10,917
Average Rating:  69/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 30 3%
1951 41 4%
1952 46 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 70 7%
1955 82 8%
1956 127 13%
1957 178 18%
1958 174 17%
1959 200 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Billie Holiday 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 822 82%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 18 2%
United Kingdom 11 1%
Brazil 11 1%
Germany 7 1%
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