Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 51,000 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.
19501225,256
19511394,212
19521516,862
19531936,566
195422711,074
195531714,992
195643032,381
195756045,573
195856141,023
195960783,024
Total3,307250,963

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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1959
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26,186
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1959
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7,528
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1959
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6,541
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1957
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5,962
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1956
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5,055
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1955
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4,853
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1959
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4,048
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1957
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3,991
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1959
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3,400
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1958
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3,202
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 39 4%
1951 40 4%
1952 59 6%
1953 62 6%
1954 76 8%
1955 87 9%
1956 117 12%
1957 152 15%
1958 173 17%
1959 195 20%
Country Albums %


United States 781 78%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
France 30 3%
United Kingdom 27 3%
Brazil 21 2%
Canada 12 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 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
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14. Miles Davis
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