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.
19501215,186
19511374,032
19521537,264
19531875,771
195422110,146
195531014,631
195641931,219
195753945,587
195854139,011
195958784,660
Total3,215247,508

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, Art Blakey, Buddy Holly, Thelonious Monk, The Dave Brubeck Quartet and John Coltrane.
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1955
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915
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1958
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894
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1953
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888
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1950
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884
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1952
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856
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1959
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852
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1958
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831
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1956
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828
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1958
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807
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805
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 5 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 45 5%
1951 42 4%
1952 58 6%
1953 61 6%
1954 75 8%
1955 88 9%
1956 114 11%
1957 158 16%
1958 172 17%
1959 187 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 11 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%
Best Albums of the 1970s
1. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
2. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
3. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
4. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
5. London Calling by The Clash
6. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
7. The Wall by Pink Floyd
8. Animals by Pink Floyd
9. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
10. Who's Next by The Who
11. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan
12. Exile On Main St. by The Rolling Stones
13. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
14. Marquee Moon by Television
15. Pink Moon by Nick Drake
16. Low by David Bowie
17. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
18. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
19. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
20. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
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