Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 40,000 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.
1950853,721
19511123,385
19521366,051
19531655,128
19541919,128
195526012,766
195634827,062
195744040,030
195845434,183
195946878,935
Total2,659220,388

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Art Blakey, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, John Coltrane and Billie Holiday.
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1956
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403
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1958
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393
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1950
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391
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389
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1955
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385
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1950
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379
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1958
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375
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1957
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375
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1958
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372
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 10 of 100

Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 40 4%
1951 42 4%
1952 53 5%
1953 58 6%
1954 72 7%
1955 91 9%
1956 123 12%
1957 155 16%
1958 180 18%
1959 186 19%
Country Albums %


United States 757 76%
Mixed Nationality 56 6%
United Kingdom 32 3%
Brazil 30 3%
France 26 3%
Canada 10 1%
Italy 8 1%
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Best Albums of 1969
1. Abbey Road by The Beatles
2. In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson
3. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
4. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
5. Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
6. The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground
7. Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake
8. Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
9. Tommy by The Who
10. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young With Crazy Horse
11. Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
12. In A Silent Way by Miles Davis
13. The Band by The Band
14. Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) by The Kinks
15. Crosby, Stills & Nash by Crosby, Stills & Nash
16. The Stooges by The Stooges
17. Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival
18. Stand! by Sly & The Family Stone
19. Willy And The Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival
20. Dusty In Memphis by Dusty Springfield
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