Top Albums of the 1950s





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1 49 Miles Davis Kind of Blue 1959 Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz
2 114 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley 1956 Rock & Roll
3 290 Frank Sinatra In the Wee Small Hours 1955 Standards, Vocal Jazz
4 324 Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers! 1956 Standards, Vocal Jazz
5 353 Little Richard Here's Little Richard 1957 Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
6 354 Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out 1959 Cool Jazz
7 378 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come 1959 Avant-Garde Jazz
8 386 The Crickets The "Chirping" Crickets 1957 Rockabilly
9 417 Miles Davis Classics in Jazz/Birth of the Cool 1954 Cool Jazz
10 468 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um 1959 Post-Bop
11 474 Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus 1957 Hard Bop
12 545 Duke Ellington Ellington at Newport 1956 Big Band
13 584 Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners 1957 Hard Bop
14 600 Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music (Volume One) 1951 Bebop
15 619 Elvis Presley Elvis 1956 Rock & Roll
16 651 Benny Goodman The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert 1950 Big Band, Swing
17 661 Billie Holiday Lady in Satin 1958 Vocal Jazz
18 710 Bo Diddley Bo Diddley 1958 Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
19 718 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook 1956 Standards, Vocal Jazz
20 735 The Quintet Jazz at Massey Hall/The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever 1953 Bebop
21 763 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Moanin' 1958 Hard Bop
22 802 Miles Davis Porgy and Bess 1959 Big Band
23 804 John Coltrane Blue Train 1958 Hard Bop
24 829 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely 1958 Standards, Vocal Jazz
25 837 Count Basie Basie/The Atomic Mr. Basie/The Complete Atomic Basie 1958 Big Band, Swing
26 851 Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles 1959 Soul, Vocal Jazz
27 856 Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else 1958 Hard Bop
28 858 Johnny Burnette Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n Roll Trio 1956 Rockabilly
29 892 Howlin' Wolf Moanin' in the Moonlight 1959 Chicago Blues
30 919 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Is On Top 1959 Rock & Roll
31 952 Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell 1951 Bebop
32 1042 Miles Davis Miles Ahead 1957 Cool Jazz
33 1066 Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea 1956 Jazz
34 1098 Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown Sarah Vaughan/Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown 1955 Standards, Vocal Jazz
35 1114 Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus 1956 Post-Bop
36 1118 Jerry Lee Lewis Jerry Lee Lewis 1958 Rock & Roll
37 1206 Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2 1952 Bebop
38 1246 Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps 1957 Rockabilly
39 1262 Tito Puente Dance Mania 1958 Guaguancó, Mambo
40 1264 The Original Broadway Cast West Side Story 1957 Show Tunes
41 1286 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook 1959 Standards, Vocal Jazz
42 1301 Sonny Rollins Way Out West 1957 Hard Bop
43 1314 Sonny Rollins A Night at the "Village Vanguard" 1958 Hard Bop
44 1323 Miles Davis Milestones 1958 Hard Bop
45 1361 Clifford Brown & Max Roach Daahoud/Clifford Brown & Max Roach 1954 Hard Bop
46 1445 Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Ella and Louis 1956 Vocal Jazz
47 1466 Buddy Holly Buddy Holly 1958 Rockabilly
48 1471 Lennie Tristano Lennie Tristano 1956 Cool Jazz
49 1492 Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues 1956 Vocal Jazz     
50 1496 Art Blakey Quintet A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 1954 Hard Bop
51 1505 Chuck Berry After School Session 1957 Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
52 1520 João Gilberto Chega De Saudade 1959 Bossa Nova     
53 1547 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook 1956 Standards, Vocal Jazz
54 1558 Frank Sinatra Come Fly with Me 1958 Standards, Vocal Jazz
55 1565 Sun Ra Jazz in Silhouette 1958 Post-Bop
56 1576 Count Basie April in Paris 1957 Big Band, Swing
57 1592 Big Joe Turner The Boss of the Blues 1956 Rhythm & Blues
58 1599 The Modern Jazz Quartet Fontessa 1956 Cool Jazz
59 1606 Miles Davis Round About Midnight 1957 Hard Bop
60 1613 The Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers (They're Off and Rolling) 1957 Close Harmony, Pop, Rock & Roll
61 1619 Bo Diddley Go Bo Diddley 1959 Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
62 1632 Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy 1954 Dixieland, Vocal Jazz
63 1687 Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs 1959 Cowboy
64 1709 Art Pepper Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section 1957 Cool Jazz
65 1793 Fats Domino Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino 1956 Rock & Roll
66 1794 Lambert, Hendricks and Ross The Hottest New Group in Jazz 1959 Vocal Jazz
67 1795 The Art Tatum - Ben Webster Quartet The Art Tatum - Ben Webster Quartet/The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 8 1958 Cool Jazz, Stride
68 1807 Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Porgy & Bess 1959 Vocal Jazz
69 1814 Miles Davis Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet 1957 Hard Bop
70 1827 Sonny Clark Cool Struttin' 1958 Hard Bop
71 1832 Chuck Berry One Dozen Berrys 1958 Rock & Roll
72 1876 Thelonious Monk Monk's Music 1958 Hard Bop
73 1895 Ray Charles Ray Charles at Newport 1958 Rhythm & Blues, Soul Jazz
74 1904 George Russell The Jazz Workshop 1956 Jazz
75 1920 Louis Prima The Wildest! 1956 Big Band, Swing, Traditional Pop
76 1927 Miles Davis Relaxin' with The Miles Davis Quintet 1958 Hard Bop
77 1928 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings 1950 Cool Jazz
78 1934 The Modern Jazz Quartet Django 1956 Cool Jazz, Third Stream
79 1952 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook 1957 Big Band, Vocal Jazz
80 1954 Dinah Washington Dinah Jams 1954 Standards, Vocal Jazz
81 1962 Chet Baker Chet Baker Sings 1954 Cool Jazz, Standards, Vocal Jazz
82 2005 Harry Belafonte Calypso 1956 Calypso
83 2006 Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness 1956 Hard Bop
84 2018 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar! 1957 Country, Rockabilly
85 2027 Count Basie Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings 1955 Big Band, Swing, Vocal Jazz
86 2028 Elvis Presley A Date with Elvis 1959 Rock & Roll
87 2030 Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie Bird & Diz 1952 Bebop
88 2038 Sarah Vaughan Images/Swingin' Easy 1954 Vocal Jazz
89 2053 Bill Haley and His Comets Shake, Rattle and Roll [1954]/Rock Around the Clock [1955] 1954 Rock & Roll
90 2070 Jimmy Smith The Sermon! 1959 Soul Jazz
91 2072 Nat King Cole After Midnight 1957 Vocal Jazz
92 2076 Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson Trio With the Oscar Peterson Trio #1 & #2/The President Plays with the Oscar Peterson Trio 1954 Swing
93 2080 Ahmad Jamal At the Pershing: But Not for Me 1958 Jazz
94 2160 George Russell New York N.Y. 1959 Big Band
95 2201 Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!! 1958 Hard Bop
96 2235 Dizzy Gillespie Groovin' High 1955 Bebop
97 2255 Horace Silver Horace Silver Quintet (Vol. 1 & 2)/Horace Silver and The Jazz Messengers 1955 Hard Bop
98 2282 Frank Sinatra A Swingin' Affair! 1957 Standards, Vocal Jazz
99 2286 Lightnin' Hopkins The Roots of Lightnin' Hopkins/Lightnin' Hopkins 1959 Acoustic Texas Blues
100 2288 Art Blakey Quintet A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 1954 Hard Bop
101 2289 Elvis Presley Loving You 1957 Rock & Roll
102 2298 The Weavers The Weavers at Carnegie Hall 1956 Contemporary Folk
103 2326 Sonny Rollins Freedom Suite 1958 Hard Bop
104 2352 Miles Davis Ascenseur pour l'échafaud/Jazz Track 1958 Cool Jazz, Film Score
105 2370 Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn 1958 Jazz Pop, Television Music
106 2390 The Everly Brothers Songs Our Daddy Taught Us 1958 Close Harmony, Country Pop, Folk Pop
107 2396 Duke Ellington Such Sweet Thunder 1957 Big Band
108 2407 Count Basie At Newport 1957 Big Band
109 2420 Stan Kenton New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm 1953 Big Band
110 2465 Anita O'Day Anita Sings the Most 1957 Standards, Vocal Jazz
111 2474 June Christy Something Cool 1954 Cool Jazz, Vocal Jazz
112 2518 Harry Belafonte Belafonte at Carnegie Hall 1959 Caribbean Folk Music
113 2523 Thelonious Monk Misterioso 1958 Post-Bop
114 2533 Clifford Brown & Max Roach Study in Brown 1955 Hard Bop
115 2534 Frank Sinatra Songs for Young Lovers 1954 Standards, Vocal Jazz
116 2550 The Original Broadway Cast My Fair Lady 1956 Show Tunes
117 2603 Julie London Julie Is Her Name 1955 Standards, Vocal Jazz
118 2611 Frank Sinatra Come Dance with Me! 1959 Standards, Vocal Jazz
119 2632 Frank Sinatra Where Are You? 1957 Standards, Vocal Jazz
120 2638 The Lester Young - Teddy Wilson Quartet Pres and Teddy 1959 Swing
121 2651 Elvis Presley King Creole 1958 Film Soundtrack, Rock & Roll
122 2659 Jimmy Giuffre Jimmy Giuffre 3 1957 Cool Jazz
123 2671 Art Blakey Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk 1958 Hard Bop
124 2691 Lambert, Hendricks and Ross Sing a Song of Basie 1958 Vocal Jazz
125 2709 Duke Ellington Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Big Band, Film Score
126 2716 Champion Jack Dupree Blues from the Gutter 1959 New Orleans Blues, Piano Blues
127 2727 Billie Holiday Songs for Distingué Lovers 1958 Standards, Vocal Jazz
128 2735 Nat King Cole Love Is the Thing 1957 Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz
129 2761 Dizzy Gillespie At Newport 1958 Bebop, Big Band
130 2772 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Trio 1953 Hard Bop          
131 2785 Ray Charles Ray Charles/Hallelujah, I Love Her So 1957 Rhythm & Blues, Soul     
132 2797 Ricky Nelson Ricky Sings Again 1959 Country
133 2829 Miles Davis Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet 1959 Hard Bop
134 2842 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Himself 1957 Hard Bop
135 2846 B.B. King Singin' the Blues 1957 Electric Blues
136 2852 Fats Domino This Is Fats Domino! 1956 Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
137 2878 J.J. Johnson With Clifford Brown/The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1 1953 Bebop
138 2917 Mahalia Jackson Newport 1958 1958 Gospel
139 2958 Dinah Washington What a Diff'rence a Day Makes! 1959 Standards, Vocal Jazz
140 2971 Horace Silver Blowin' the Blues Away 1959 Hard Bop
141 2974 Tito Puente Top Percussion 1958 Afro-Cuban Jazz
142 2998 Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Side by Side 1959 Jazz


Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster/Blue Saxophones 1959 Post-Bop
Bill Evans Everybody Digs Bill Evans 1959 Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz
Little Richard Little Richard (Volume 2) 1958 Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll     
Peggy Lee Black Coffee with Peggy Lee 1953 Vocal Jazz
The Louvin Brothers Tragic Songs of Life 1956 Close Harmony
Steve Lacy Reflections: Steve Lacy Plays Thelonious Monk 1959 Post-Bop
John Cage Indeterminacy 1959 Indeterminacy, Spoken Word
Thelonious Monk Thelonious in Action: Recorded at the Five Spot Cafe, New York City 1958 Hard Bop
John Coltrane Soultrane/John Coltrane 2-LP 1958 Hard Bop
Esquivel Exploring New Sounds in Hi-Fi/Exploring New Sounds in Stereo 1959 Lounge, Space Age Pop
Art Blakey The Jazz Messengers 1956 Hard Bop
Dizzy Gillespie with Roy Eldridge Roy and Diz #2 1954 Jazz     
Henry "Red" Allen Ride, Red, Ride in Hi-Fi/World on a String 1957 Dixieland
Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Stitt For Musicians Only 1956 Bebop
Clifford Brown & Max Roach At Basin Street 1956 Hard Bop
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster 1959 Cool Jazz
Serge Chaloff Blue Serge 1956 Jazz
Thelonious Monk The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall 1959 Hard Bop
Duke Ellington Indigos 1958 Big Band
Johnny Griffin A Blowin' Session 1957 Hard Bop
Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie 1956 Jazz
John Fahey Blind Joe Death 1959 American Primitivism
Sarah Vaughan In the Land of Hi-Fi 1956 Big Band, Vocal Jazz
The Four Freshmen Four Freshmen and 5 Trombones 1955 Vocal Group, Vocal Jazz     
Lionel Hampton & Stan Getz Hamp & Getz 1955 Jazz
The "5" Royales Dedicated to You 1957 Doo-Wop
Elvis Presley For LP Fans Only 1959 Rock & Roll
Fred Astaire The Astaire Story 1953 Vocal Jazz
Wynton Kelly Kelly Blue 1959 Hard Bop
Sonny Boy Williamson (II) Down and Out Blues 1959 Chicago Blues
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Ella and Louis Again 1957 Standards, Vocal Jazz
Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins & Sonny Stitt Sonny Side Up 1958 Bebop
Dizzy Gillespie Birks' Works 1957 Big Band
Gerry Mulligan What Is There to Say? 1959 Cool Jazz
Hampton Hawes This Is Hampton Hawes: Vol. 2, The Trio 1956 Hard Bop
Frank Sinatra Swing Easy! 1954 Standards, Swing, Vocal Jazz
Ben Webster Ben Webster and Associates 1959 Jazz
Art Pepper Art Pepper + Eleven 1959 Cool Jazz
Quincy Jones The Birth of a Band! 1959 Big Band
Cecil Taylor Looking Ahead! 1959 Avant-Garde Jazz
Anita O'Day Pick Yourself Up with Anita O'Day 1957 Vocal Jazz
Duane Eddy Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel 1958 Rock & Roll
Lester Young The Jazz Giants 1956 Cool Jazz
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook 1958 Big Band, Standards, Vocal Jazz
The Kingston Trio At Large 1959 Folk Revival
Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2 1954 Jazz
Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson at the Opera House 1958 Hard Bop
B.B. King The Blues 1958 Electric Blues
Ravi Shankar The Sounds of India 1958 Hindustani Classical Music
Clifford Brown Clifford Brown with Strings 1955 Hard Bop     
LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith 1958 Rhythm & Blues
Cannonball Adderley In San Francisco 1959 Hard Bop
Ben Webster Soulville 1958 Cool Jazz
Frank Sinatra No One Cares 1959 Standards, Vocal Jazz
Coleman Hawkins The Hawk Flies High 1957 Bebop
Sonny Rollins Newk's Time 1958 Hard Bop
Hampton Hawes Four! 1958 Jazz
Cecil Taylor Jazz Advance 1956 Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop
Max Roach Max Roach + 4 1956 Hard Bop
Gerry Mulligan At Storyville 1957 Jazz
Harold Land The Fox 1959 Jazz
Little Richard The Fabulous Little Richard 1959 Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
Kenny Dorham Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia 1956 Hard Bop
Duke Ellington The Duke Plays Ellington/Piano Reflections 1953 Jazz          
Sonny Rollins Plus 4 1956 Hard Bop
Ravi Shankar Music of India: Three Classical R?gas/Three Ragas 1956 Hindustani Classical Music     
Charles Mingus The Clown 1957 Post-Bop
Memphis Slim At the Gate of Horn 1959 Piano Blues
Johnny Smith Moonlight in Vermont 1956 Cool Jazz
Chet Baker It Could Happen to You 1958 Cool Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Reverend Gary Davis Pure Religion and Bad Company 1957 Acoustic Blues, Gospel
Miles Davis Miles Davis All Star Sextet/Walkin' 1955 Hard Bop
John Coltrane and Paul Quinichette Cattin' with Coltrane and Quinichette 1959 Jazz
Oscar Peterson At the Stratford Shakespearian Festival 1956 Jazz
Stan Kenton Cuban Fire! 1956 Afro-Cuban Jazz, Big Band
Duke Ellington Ellington Uptown/Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown 1953 Big Band
Shelly Manne The West Coast Sound 1955 Cool Jazz
Nina Simone Little Girl Blue/Jazz As Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club 1958 Vocal Jazz     
The Original Motion Picture Cast The Wizard of Oz 1956 Film Soundtrack
June Christy The Misty Miss Christy 1956 Standards, Vocal Jazz
Oscar Peterson The Oscar Peterson Trio at the Concertgebouw 1958 Jazz
Tito Puente Cuban Carnival 1956 Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mambo
Duke Ellington Newport 1958 1958 Big Band
Stan Kenton Kenton in Hi-Fi 1956 Big Band
Sonny Rollins Work Time 1956 Hard Bop
Dave Brubeck Quartet Jazz Goes to College 1954 Cool Jazz
Art Farmer Farmer's Market 1958 Hard Bop
Don Gibson Oh Lonesome Me 1958 Nashville Sound
Gerry Mulligan California Concerts 1954 Jazz
Sun Ra and His Arkestra Super-Sonic Jazz 1957 Post-Bop
Mongo Santamaría Mongo/AfroRoots 1959 Afro-Cuban Jazz     
Dizzy Gillespie Duets/Dizzy, Rollins & Stitt 1958 Bebop
Elvis Presley Elvis' Christmas Album 1957 Christmas Music, Gospel, Rock & Roll
Miles Davis Vol. 2 1953 Jazz
Wanda Jackson Wanda Jackson 1958 Rockabilly
Fats Domino The Fabulous Mr. D 1958 New Orleans R&B, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson 1959 Standards, Vocal Jazz
Dinah Washington In the Land of Hi-Fi 1956 Standards, Vocal Jazz
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Swings Lightly 1958 Standards, Vocal Jazz
Duke Ellington Jazz Party 1959 Big Band
Ella Fitzgerald Like Someone in Love 1957 Standards, Vocal Jazz
Anita O'Day Anita O'Day Sings the Winners 1958 Vocal Jazz
Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins 1957 Hard Bop     
Ornette Coleman Tomorrow Is the Question! 1959 Hard Bop
Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens 1959 Rock & Roll          
Peggy Lee/George Shearing Beauty and the Beat! 1959 Standards, Vocal Jazz
Sarah Vaughan No Count Sarah 1959 Big Band, Vocal Jazz
Art Blakey At the Jazz Corner of the World Vol. 2 1959 Hard Bop
Lee Morgan The Cooker 1958 Hard Bop     
Anita O'Day Anita/This Is Anita 1955 Vocal Jazz

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