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Best Albums of the 1950s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 27,000 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.
1950543,088 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,687th)
by Benny Goodman
1951612,417 Hank Williams Sings (3,095th)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952714,174 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,321st)
by Various Artists
1953753,602 Black Coffee (2,402nd)
by Peggy Lee
1954846,739 Chet Baker Sings (1,353rd)
by Chet Baker
19551169,693 In The Wee Small Hours (431st)
by Frank Sinatra
195619427,261 Elvis Presley (414th)
by Elvis Presley
195724730,370 Blue Train (459th)
by John Coltrane
195826625,532 Lady In Satin (736th)
by Billie Holiday
195928080,992 Kind Of Blue (36th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,448193,869

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy Holly, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and Art Blakey.
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RankAlbumArtist
71.

Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1958Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1958:18Rank Score:421
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:3,551
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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72.

Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1
Compilation
United States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1951Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1951:2Rank Score:413
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:3,605
Average Rating:  75/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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73.

Chansons Des Cafés De ParisFrance Edith Piaf
Year of Release:1950Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1950:2Rank Score:410
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:3,635
Average Rating:  72/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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74.

Ramblin' ManUnited States Hank Williams
Year of Release:1955Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1955:3Rank Score:408
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:3,652
Average Rating:  78/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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75.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1959Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:403
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:3,688
Average Rating:  78/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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76.

Clifford Brown and Max RoachUnited States Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Year of Release:1954Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1954:4Rank Score:401
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:3,699
Average Rating:  79/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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77.

Come Dance With Me!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1959:16Rank Score:400
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:3,702
Average Rating:  72/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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78.

Relaxin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1958Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1958:19Rank Score:397
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:3,725
Average Rating:  79/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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79.

This Is Fats Domino!United States Fats Domino
Year of Release:1956Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1956:15Rank Score:385
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:3,818
Average Rating:  74/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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80.

Dance ManiaUnited States Tito Puente
Year of Release:1958Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1958:20Rank Score:384
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:3,826
Average Rating:  77/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 33 3%
1951 40 4%
1952 47 5%
1953 47 5%
1954 65 7%
1955 85 9%
1956 129 13%
1957 173 17%
1958 186 19%
1959 195 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 24 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 13 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 828 83%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
France 25 3%
Canada 19 2%
United Kingdom 13 1%
Brazil 11 1%
Germany 6 1%
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