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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 27,000 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.
1950543,116 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,684th)
by Benny Goodman
1951612,450 Hank Williams Sings (3,105th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952724,181 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,302nd)
by Various Artists
1953793,726 Black Coffee (2,389th)
by Peggy Lee
1954866,790 Chet Baker Sings (1,365th)
by Chet Baker
19551189,708 In The Wee Small Hours (434th)
by Frank Sinatra
195619427,219 Elvis Presley (414th)
by Elvis Presley
195724730,680 Blue Train (456th)
by John Coltrane
195826725,882 Lady In Satin (746th)
by Billie Holiday
195928382,393 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,461196,145

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy Holly, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
211.

Bags GrooveUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1957:43Rank Score:112
Rank in 1950s211Overall Rank:10,057
Average Rating:  74/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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212.

The Music From Peter GunnUnited States Henry Mancini
Year of Release:1959Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1959:42Rank Score:110
Rank in 1950s212Overall Rank:10,204
Average Rating:  73/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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213.

Back Country SuiteUnited States Mose Allison
Year of Release:1957Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1957:44Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s213Overall Rank:10,236
Average Rating:  73/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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214.

Honky-Tonkin'United States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1954Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1954:14Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s214Overall Rank:10,258
Average Rating:  73/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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215.

At The Pershing : But Not For MeUnited States Ahmad Jamal
Year of Release:1958Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1958:39Rank Score:109
Rank in 1950s215Overall Rank:10,270
Average Rating:  79/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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216.

Afro-CubanUnited States Kenny Dorham
Year of Release:1955Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1955:12Rank Score:108
Rank in 1950s216Overall Rank:10,327
Average Rating:  75/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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217.

A Star Is BornUnited States Judy Garland
Year of Release:1954Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1954:15Rank Score:107
Rank in 1950s217Overall Rank:10,449
Average Rating:  70/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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218.

Country MusicUnited States Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
Year of Release:1958Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1958:40Rank Score:106
Rank in 1950s218Overall Rank:10,537
Average Rating:  71/100 (1 vote)
Comments: 0 comments
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219.

Hit Kit
Compilation
United States Sam Cooke
Year of Release:1959Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1959:43Rank Score:104
Rank in 1950s219Overall Rank:10,639
Average Rating:  75/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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220.

What A Difference A Day Makes!United States Dinah Washington
Year of Release:1959Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1959:44Rank Score:104
Rank in 1950s220Overall Rank:10,658
Average Rating:  76/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 33 3%
1951 41 4%
1952 45 5%
1953 48 5%
1954 66 7%
1955 87 9%
1956 125 13%
1957 174 17%
1958 183 18%
1959 198 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 24 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 827 83%
Mixed Nationality 41 4%
France 24 2%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 11 1%
Germany 6 1%
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