Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 49,000 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.
19501215,129
19511374,087
19521547,475
19531865,896
195422210,555
195531314,733
195642231,932
195754645,230
195853939,432
195959884,367
Total3,238248,836

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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1959
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678
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1957
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674
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1950
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673
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1952
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671
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1958
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628
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1956
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618
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1957
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611
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606
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602
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601
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 7 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 43 4%
1951 40 4%
1952 60 6%
1953 62 6%
1954 73 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 117 12%
1957 153 15%
1958 171 17%
1959 192 19%
Country Albums %


United States 777 78%
Mixed Nationality 35 4%
France 33 3%
United Kingdom 31 3%
Brazil 21 2%
Canada 13 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 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
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