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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 30,000 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.
1950502,557 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,825th)
by Benny Goodman
1951642,632 Hank Williams Sings (3,181st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
1952734,509 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,496th)
by Various Artists
1953804,291 Black Coffee (2,274th)
by Peggy Lee
1954867,453 Chet Baker Sings (1,261st)
by Chet Baker
195512310,151 In The Wee Small Hours (442nd)
by Frank Sinatra
195620229,265 Elvis Presley (410th)
by Elvis Presley
195726734,006 Blue Train (436th)
by John Coltrane
195828827,832 Lady In Satin (746th)
by Billie Holiday
195930588,917 Kind Of Blue (37th)
by Miles Davis
Total1,538211,613

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

Songs For Young LoversUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1954Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1954:3Rank Score:479
Rank in 1950s71Overall Rank:3,434
Average Rating:  76/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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72.

Relaxin' With The Miles Davis QuintetUnited States Miles Davis Quintet
Year of Release:1958Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1958:18Rank Score:479
Rank in 1950s72Overall Rank:3,435
Average Rating:  78/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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73.

Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1958Appears in:66 charts
Rank in 1958:19Rank Score:475
Rank in 1950s73Overall Rank:3,456
Average Rating:  75/100 (45 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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74.

Songs For Distingu√© LoversUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1957Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1957:14Rank Score:446
Rank in 1950s74Overall Rank:3,618
Average Rating:  76/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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75.

Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1
Compilation
United States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1951Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1951:2Rank Score:425
Rank in 1950s75Overall Rank:3,769
Average Rating:  75/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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76.

Billie Holiday SingsUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1952Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1952:4Rank Score:423
Rank in 1950s76Overall Rank:3,779
Average Rating:  75/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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77.

Sam CookeUnited States Sam Cooke
Year of Release:1957Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1957:15Rank Score:422
Rank in 1950s77Overall Rank:3,788
Average Rating:  76/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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78.

Come Dance With Me!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1959Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1959:15Rank Score:418
Rank in 1950s78Overall Rank:3,808
Average Rating:  71/100 (45 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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79.

The ClownUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1957Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1957:16Rank Score:416
Rank in 1950s79Overall Rank:3,826
Average Rating:  79/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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80.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1959Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1959:16Rank Score:414
Rank in 1950s80Overall Rank:3,838
Average Rating:  77/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 31 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 43 4%
1953 48 5%
1954 68 7%
1955 81 8%
1956 127 13%
1957 178 18%
1958 181 18%
1959 204 20%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 21 2%
Miles Davis 18 2%
Billie Holiday 17 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 14 1%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Thelonious Monk 12 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 831 83%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
France 23 2%
Canada 16 2%
United Kingdom 12 1%
Brazil 12 1%
Germany 6 1%
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