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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 38,000 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.
1950683,775 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,545th)
by Benny Goodman
19511013,286 Hank Williams Sings (3,373rd)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521156,888 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,445th)
by Various Artists
19531314,772 Black Coffee (2,462nd)
by Peggy Lee
19541549,656 Chet Baker Sings (1,227th)
by Chet Baker
195522513,207 In The Wee Small Hours (433rd)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,900 Elvis Presley (426th)
by Elvis Presley
195740840,728 Blue Train (418th)
by John Coltrane
195842535,395 Lady In Satin (696th)
by Billie Holiday
1959428102,441 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,371255,048

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
1.

Kind Of BlueUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1959Appears in:1,309 charts
Rank in 1959:1Rank Score:48,502
Rank in 1950s1Overall Rank:38
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,810 votes)
Comments: 133 comments
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2.

Mingus Ah UmUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1959Appears in:476 charts
Rank in 1959:2Rank Score:9,414
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:307
Average Rating:  84/100 (530 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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3.

Time OutUnited States The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Year of Release:1959Appears in:492 charts
Rank in 1959:3Rank Score:8,199
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:345
Average Rating:  84/100 (532 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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4.

Blue TrainUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1957Appears in:399 charts
Rank in 1957:1Rank Score:6,393
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:418
Average Rating:  84/100 (483 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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5.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:415 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:6,272
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:426
Average Rating:  80/100 (594 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

In The Wee Small HoursUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1955Appears in:352 charts
Rank in 1955:1Rank Score:6,226
Rank in 1950s6Overall Rank:433
Average Rating:  80/100 (494 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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7.

The Shape Of Jazz To ComeUnited States Ornette Coleman
Year of Release:1959Appears in:337 charts
Rank in 1959:4Rank Score:5,682
Rank in 1950s7Overall Rank:473
Average Rating:  81/100 (383 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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8.

Here's Little RichardUnited States Little Richard
Year of Release:1957Appears in:278 charts
Rank in 1957:2Rank Score:4,055
Rank in 1950s8Overall Rank:635
Average Rating:  79/100 (354 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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9.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,717
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:689
Average Rating:  81/100 (280 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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10.

Lady In SatinUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1958Appears in:261 charts
Rank in 1958:1Rank Score:3,673
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:696
Average Rating:  80/100 (277 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 50 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 75 8%
1955 89 9%
1956 123 12%
1957 165 17%
1958 184 18%
1959 191 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 15 2%
Sarah Vaughan 12 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 745 75%
Mixed Nationality 58 6%
United Kingdom 37 4%
Brazil 34 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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