Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19501215,157
19511363,921
19521537,159
19531865,557
195422110,117
195530914,375
195641530,382
195753745,109
195853038,126
195957483,925
Total3,182243,829

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, Art Blakey, Buddy Holly, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Thelonious Monk and Billie Holiday.
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1955
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1959
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 29 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 44 4%
1951 43 4%
1952 57 6%
1953 61 6%
1954 77 8%
1955 87 9%
1956 113 11%
1957 158 16%
1958 173 17%
1959 187 19%
Country Albums %


United States 776 78%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
United Kingdom 32 3%
France 29 3%
Brazil 23 2%
Canada 14 1%
Austria 10 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 945 95%
Yes 55 6%
Live? Albums %
No 963 96%
Yes 37 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
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