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.
19501174,489
19511293,788
19521487,048
19531825,406
19542179,633
195529814,089
195640129,644
195751644,610
195850939,101
195954482,344
Total3,061240,152

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, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.
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1957
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120
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118
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 27 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 43 4%
1951 43 4%
1952 55 6%
1953 58 6%
1954 76 8%
1955 90 9%
1956 119 12%
1957 156 16%
1958 175 18%
1959 185 19%
Country Albums %


United States 776 78%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
United Kingdom 30 3%
France 28 3%
Brazil 25 3%
Canada 11 1%
Austria 10 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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