Top Albums of 1959

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 49 Miles Davis Kind of Blue Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz
2 354 Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out Cool Jazz
3 378 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Avant-Garde Jazz
4 468 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um Post-Bop
5 802 Miles Davis Porgy and Bess Big Band
6 851 Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles Soul, Vocal Jazz
7 892 Howlin' Wolf Moanin' in the Moonlight Chicago Blues
8 919 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Is On Top Rock & Roll
9 1286 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz
10 1520 João Gilberto Chega De Saudade Bossa Nova     
11 1619 Bo Diddley Go Bo Diddley Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
12 1687 Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs Cowboy
13 1794 Lambert, Hendricks and Ross The Hottest New Group in Jazz Vocal Jazz
14 1807 Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Porgy & Bess Vocal Jazz
15 2028 Elvis Presley A Date with Elvis Rock & Roll
16 2070 Jimmy Smith The Sermon! Soul Jazz
17 2160 George Russell New York N.Y. Big Band
18 2286 Lightnin' Hopkins The Roots of Lightnin' Hopkins/Lightnin' Hopkins Acoustic Texas Blues
19 2518 Harry Belafonte Belafonte at Carnegie Hall Caribbean Folk Music
20 2611 Frank Sinatra Come Dance with Me! Standards, Vocal Jazz
21 2638 The Lester Young - Teddy Wilson Quartet Pres and Teddy Swing
22 2709 Duke Ellington Anatomy of a Murder Big Band, Film Score
23 2716 Champion Jack Dupree Blues from the Gutter New Orleans Blues, Piano Blues
24 2797 Ricky Nelson Ricky Sings Again Country
25 2829 Miles Davis Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet Hard Bop
26 2958 Dinah Washington What a Diff'rence a Day Makes! Standards, Vocal Jazz
27 2971 Horace Silver Blowin' the Blues Away Hard Bop
28 2998 Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Side by Side Jazz

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster/Blue Saxophones Post-Bop
Bill Evans Everybody Digs Bill Evans Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz
Steve Lacy Reflections: Steve Lacy Plays Thelonious Monk Post-Bop
John Cage Indeterminacy Indeterminacy, Spoken Word
Esquivel Exploring New Sounds in Hi-Fi/Exploring New Sounds in Stereo Lounge, Space Age Pop
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster Cool Jazz
Thelonious Monk The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall Hard Bop
John Fahey Blind Joe Death American Primitivism
Elvis Presley For LP Fans Only Rock & Roll
Wynton Kelly Kelly Blue Hard Bop
Sonny Boy Williamson (II) Down and Out Blues Chicago Blues
Gerry Mulligan What Is There to Say? Cool Jazz
Ben Webster Ben Webster and Associates Jazz
Art Pepper Art Pepper + Eleven Cool Jazz
Quincy Jones The Birth of a Band! Big Band
Cecil Taylor Looking Ahead! Avant-Garde Jazz
The Kingston Trio At Large Folk Revival
Cannonball Adderley In San Francisco Hard Bop
Frank Sinatra No One Cares Standards, Vocal Jazz
Harold Land The Fox Jazz
Little Richard The Fabulous Little Richard Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
Memphis Slim At the Gate of Horn Piano Blues
John Coltrane and Paul Quinichette Cattin' with Coltrane and Quinichette Jazz
Mongo Santamaría Mongo/AfroRoots Afro-Cuban Jazz     
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson Standards, Vocal Jazz
Duke Ellington Jazz Party Big Band
Ornette Coleman Tomorrow Is the Question! Hard Bop
Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Rock & Roll          
Peggy Lee/George Shearing Beauty and the Beat! Standards, Vocal Jazz
Sarah Vaughan No Count Sarah Big Band, Vocal Jazz
Art Blakey At the Jazz Corner of the World Vol. 2 Hard Bop