Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
19501174,508
19511293,777
19521487,040
19531825,356
19542179,533
195529813,946
195640129,405
195751544,380
195850938,935
195954182,247
Total3,057239,127

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 44 4%
1951 44 4%
1952 54 5%
1953 59 6%
1954 75 8%
1955 89 9%
1956 119 12%
1957 152 15%
1958 175 18%
1959 189 19%
Country Albums %


United States 772 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 945 95%
Yes 55 6%
Live? Albums %
No 967 97%
Yes 33 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 985 99%
Yes 15 2%
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