Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
19501225,213
19511404,223
19521506,915
19531936,476
195422911,170
195532214,864
195643432,560
195756545,429
195856741,359
195960982,110
Total3,331250,320

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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Year of Release:
1954
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557
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Year of Release:
1958
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Rank Score:
553
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Year of Release:
1958
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538
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Year of Release:
1956
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534
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Year of Release:
1953
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Rank Score:
524
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1959
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519
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Year of Release:
1956
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514
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Year of Release:
1958
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509
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Year of Release:
1958
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Rank Score:
498
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1955
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482
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 9 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 39 4%
1951 40 4%
1952 58 6%
1953 62 6%
1954 76 8%
1955 86 9%
1956 118 12%
1957 153 15%
1958 174 17%
1959 196 20%
Country Albums %


United States 782 78%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
France 31 3%
United Kingdom 26 3%
Brazil 21 2%
Canada 12 1%
Austria 10 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 945 94%
Yes 57 6%
Live? Albums %
No 965 96%
Yes 37 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 23 2%
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