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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.
1950533,222 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,713th)
by Benny Goodman
1951632,451 Hank Williams Sings (3,156th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952724,260 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,407th)
by Various Artists
1953783,926 Black Coffee (2,389th)
by Peggy Lee
1954866,999 Chet Baker Sings (1,303rd)
by Chet Baker
19551199,730 In The Wee Small Hours (447th)
by Frank Sinatra
195619627,762 Elvis Presley (414th)
by Elvis Presley
195725031,371 Blue Train (443rd)
by John Coltrane
195827226,134 Lady In Satin (729th)
by Billie Holiday
195929184,359 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,480200,214

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.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers And Hart SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1956:30Rank Score:115
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:9,981
Average Rating:  77/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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212.

Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams SingsUnited States Count Basie / Joe Williams
Year of Release:1956Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1956:31Rank Score:114
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:10,119
Average Rating:  72/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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213.

This Is How I Feel About JazzUnited States Quincy Jones
Year of Release:1957Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1957:45Rank Score:113
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:10,135
Average Rating:  73/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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214.

Vol. 2France Georges Brassens
Year of Release:1953Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1953:9Rank Score:113
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:10,138
Average Rating:  71/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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215.

Legend Of The Sun VirginPeru Yma Sumac
Year of Release:1952Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1952:10Rank Score:113
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:10,170
Average Rating:  72/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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216.

Body & SoulUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1957:46Rank Score:113
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:10,171
Average Rating:  73/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

Wagner: Tristan Und IsoldeMixed Nationality Wilhelm Furtw√§ngler / Philharmonia Orchestra
Year of Release:1953Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1953:10Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:10,495
Average Rating:  71/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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218.

Back Country SuiteUnited States Mose Allison
Year of Release:1957Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1957:47Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:10,534
Average Rating:  73/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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219.

Honky-Tonkin'United States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1954Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1954:14Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:10,544
Average Rating:  73/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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220.

Innovations In Modern MusicUnited States Stan Kenton
Year of Release:1950Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1950:10Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:10,572
Average Rating:  72/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 34 3%
1951 42 4%
1952 44 4%
1953 47 5%
1954 67 7%
1955 85 9%
1956 124 12%
1957 176 18%
1958 181 18%
1959 200 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%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 13 1%
Germany 6 1%
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