Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 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.
1950693,900
19511003,405
19521166,630
19531385,079
19541719,812
195523513,376
195633331,840
195742945,048
195844036,449
1959449104,037
Total2,480259,575

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Art Blakey, Buddy Holly, Billie Holiday and John Coltrane.
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1957
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1,344
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1956
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1,301
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1954
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1,264
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1956
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1,243
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1958
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1,229
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1958
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1,229
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1958
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1,052
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1959
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1,027
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1957
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943
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1958
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923
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 34 3%
1951 37 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 56 6%
1954 72 7%
1955 86 9%
1956 125 13%
1957 166 17%
1958 185 19%
1959 189 19%
Country Albums %


United States 753 75%
Mixed Nationality 57 6%
United Kingdom 34 3%
Brazil 33 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 12 1%
Italy 6 1%
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