Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 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.
19501215,090
19511363,911
19521537,216
19531865,741
195422110,157
195531014,588
195641730,710
195754045,522
195853638,763
195957984,280
Total3,199245,979

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 John Coltrane.
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1959
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27,908
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1959
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7,772
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1959
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6,831
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1957
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5,942
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1956
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5,134
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1955
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4,898
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1959
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4,071
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1957
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3,995
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1959
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3,516
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1958
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3,185
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 45 5%
1951 42 4%
1952 58 6%
1953 60 6%
1954 77 8%
1955 88 9%
1956 115 12%
1957 157 16%
1958 173 17%
1959 185 19%
Country Albums %


United States 777 78%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
United Kingdom 32 3%
France 30 3%
Brazil 21 2%
Canada 14 1%
Austria 10 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 944 94%
Yes 56 6%
Live? Albums %
No 963 96%
Yes 37 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
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