Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
19501225,213
19511404,223
19521506,915
19531936,476
195422911,170
195532214,864
195643432,560
195756545,429
195856741,359
195960982,110
Total3,331250,320

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Billie Holiday and John Coltrane.
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Year of Release:
1958
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1,486
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Year of Release:
1958
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1,459
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1956
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1,364
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Year of Release:
1958
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Rank Score:
1,325
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Year of Release:
1956
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1,290
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1959
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Rank Score:
1,179
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1957
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Rank Score:
1,080
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Year of Release:
1958
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1,079
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1956
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1,070
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1958
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944
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 39 4%
1951 40 4%
1952 58 6%
1953 62 6%
1954 76 8%
1955 86 9%
1956 118 12%
1957 153 15%
1958 174 17%
1959 196 20%
Country Albums %


United States 782 78%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
France 31 3%
United Kingdom 26 3%
Brazil 21 2%
Canada 12 1%
Austria 10 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 945 94%
Yes 57 6%
Live? Albums %
No 965 96%
Yes 37 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 23 2%
Best Albums of 1955
1. In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
2. Sarah Vaughan by Sarah Vaughan
3. Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley And His Comets
4. Julie Is Her Name by Julie London
5. Ramblin' Man by Hank Williams
6. Study In Brown by Clifford Brown & Max Roach
7. Shake, Rattle And Roll by Bill Haley And His Comets
8. Concert By The Sea by Erroll Garner
9. Dinah Jams by Dinah Washington
10. Lullabies Of Birdland by Ella Fitzgerald
11. Satch Plays Fats by Louis Armstrong
12. Blue Moods by Miles Davis
13. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 by Wilhelm Furtwängler / Bayreuth Festpiele Orchester Und Chor
14. Diz And Getz by Stan Getz & Dizzy Gillespie
15. Les And Mary by Les Paul & Mary Ford
16. Helen Merrill by Helen Merrill
17. Lennie Tristano by Lennie Tristano
18. Sarah Vaughan In Hi-Fi by Sarah Vaughan
19. Lotte Lenya Singt Kurt Weill by Lotte Lenya
20. Hamp & Getz by Stan Getz / Lionel Hampton
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