Top Albums of the 1950s





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres Year
1
35
Miles Davis Kind of Blue Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz 1959
2
122
Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Rock & Roll 1956
3
321
Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers! Standards, Vocal Jazz 1956
4
323
Frank Sinatra In the Wee Small Hours Standards, Vocal Jazz 1955
5
347
Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out Cool Jazz 1959
6
357
Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Avant-Garde Jazz 1959
7
371
Miles Davis Classics in Jazz/Birth of the Cool Cool Jazz 1954
8
390
Little Richard Here's Little Richard Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1957
9
404
Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus Hard Bop 1957
10
407
The Crickets The "Chirping" Crickets Rockabilly 1957
11
430
Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um Post-Bop 1959
12
554
Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music (Volume One) Bebop 1951
13
558
Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners Hard Bop 1957
14
567
Duke Ellington Ellington at Newport Big Band 1956
15
622
Benny Goodman The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert Big Band, Swing 1950
16
639
Elvis Presley Elvis Rock & Roll 1956
17
703
Billie Holiday Lady in Satin Vocal Jazz 1958
18
736
The Quintet Jazz at Massey Hall/The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever Bebop 1953
19
743
Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else Hard Bop 1958
20
746
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz 1956
21
750
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers [Moanin'] Hard Bop 1959
22
763
John Coltrane Blue Train Hard Bop 1958
23
770
Count Basie Basie/The Atomic Mr. Basie/The Complete Atomic Basie Big Band, Swing 1958
24
784
Miles Davis Porgy and Bess Big Band 1959
25
792
Howlin' Wolf Moanin' in the Moonlight Chicago Blues 1959
26
834
Bo Diddley Bo Diddley Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1958
27
858
Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely Standards, Vocal Jazz 1958
28
896
Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Is On Top Rock & Roll 1959
29
916
Johnny Burnette Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n Roll Trio Rockabilly 1956
30
917
Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell Bebop 1952
31
930
The Original Broadway Cast West Side Story Show Tunes 1957
32
970
Miles Davis Miles Ahead Cool Jazz 1957
33
971
Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea Jazz 1956
34
1036
Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles Soul, Vocal Jazz 1959
35
1064
Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus Post-Bop 1956
36
1075
Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2 Bebop 1952
37
1123
Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown Sarah Vaughan/Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown Standards, Vocal Jazz 1955
38
1148
Lennie Tristano Lennie Tristano Cool Jazz 1956
39
1191
Miles Davis Milestones Hard Bop 1958
40
1216
Sonny Rollins Way Out West Hard Bop 1957
41
1232
Tito Puente Dance Mania Guaguancó, Mambo 1958
42
1251
Jerry Lee Lewis Jerry Lee Lewis Rock & Roll 1958
43
1268
Sonny Rollins A Night at the "Village Vanguard" Hard Bop 1958
44
1270
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Ella and Louis Vocal Jazz 1956
45
1349
Clifford Brown & Max Roach Daahoud/Clifford Brown & Max Roach Hard Bop 1954
46
1369
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps Rockabilly 1957
47
1394
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz 1959
48
1446
Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs Cowboy 1959
49
1453
Art Blakey Quintet A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 Hard Bop 1954
50
1460
The Modern Jazz Quartet Fontessa Cool Jazz 1956
51
1531
Big Joe Turner The Boss of the Blues Rhythm & Blues 1956
52
1535
João Gilberto Chega De Saudade Bossa Nova 1959
53
1540
Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Rockabilly 1958
54
1561
Miles Davis Round About Midnight Hard Bop 1957
55
1579
Count Basie April in Paris Big Band, Swing 1957
56
1584
Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues Vocal Jazz 1956
57
1606
Sun Ra Jazz in Silhouette Post-Bop 1958
58
1620
Chuck Berry After School Session Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1957
59
1621
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz 1956
60
1637
Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy Dixieland, Vocal Jazz 1954
61
1640
Art Pepper Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section Cool Jazz 1957
62
1648
Frank Sinatra Come Fly with Me Standards, Vocal Jazz 1958
63
1657
The Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers (They're Off and Rolling) Close Harmony, Pop, Rock & Roll 1957
64
1662
The Modern Jazz Quartet Django Cool Jazz, Third Stream 1956
65
1678
Thelonious Monk Monk's Music Hard Bop 1958
66
1691
The Art Tatum - Ben Webster Quartet The Art Tatum - Ben Webster Quartet/The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 8 Cool Jazz, Stride 1958
67
1722
Sonny Clark Cool Struttin' Hard Bop 1958
68
1800
Harry Belafonte Calypso Calypso 1956
69
1842
Miles Davis Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet Hard Bop 1957
70
1849
Bo Diddley Go Bo Diddley Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1959
71
1893
Elvis Presley A Date with Elvis Rock & Roll 1959
72
1909
George Russell The Jazz Workshop Jazz 1957
73
1917
Miles Davis Relaxin' with The Miles Davis Quintet Hard Bop 1958
74
1921
Horace Silver Horace Silver Quintet (Vol. 1 & 2)/Horace Silver and The Jazz Messengers Hard Bop 1955
75
1934
Chuck Berry One Dozen Berrys Rock & Roll 1958
76
1946
Sarah Vaughan Images/Swingin' Easy Vocal Jazz 1954
77
1947
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross The Hottest New Group in Jazz Vocal Jazz 1959
78
1948
Dizzy Gillespie Groovin' High Bebop 1955
79
1949
Miles Davis Ascenseur pour l'échafaud/Jazz Track Cool Jazz, Film Score 1958
80
1954
Sonny Rollins Freedom Suite Hard Bop 1958
81
2003
Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie Bird & Diz Bebop 1952
82
2012
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Porgy & Bess Vocal Jazz 1959
83
2013
Dinah Washington Dinah Jams Standards, Vocal Jazz 1954
84
2015
Nat King Cole After Midnight Vocal Jazz 1957
85
2032
Ahmad Jamal At the Pershing: But Not for Me Jazz 1958
86
2036
George Russell New York N.Y. Big Band 1959
87
2076
Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson Trio With the Oscar Peterson Trio #1 & #2/The President Plays with the Oscar Peterson Trio Swing 1954
88
2089
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook Big Band, Vocal Jazz 1957
89
2096
Count Basie Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings Big Band, Swing, Vocal Jazz 1955
90
2105
Stan Kenton New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm Big Band 1953
91
2111
Fats Domino Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino Rock & Roll 1956
92
2134
Art Blakey Quintet A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 Hard Bop 1954
93
2140
Jimmy Smith The Sermon! Soul Jazz 1959
94
2156
Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!! Hard Bop 1958
95
2177
Louis Prima The Wildest! Big Band, Swing, Traditional Pop 1956
96
2181
Count Basie At Newport Big Band 1957
97
2192
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings Cool Jazz 1950
98
2212
Lightnin' Hopkins The Roots of Lightnin' Hopkins/Lightnin' Hopkins Acoustic Texas Blues 1959
99
2213
Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness Hard Bop 1956
100
2224
Chet Baker Chet Baker Sings Cool Jazz, Standards, Vocal Jazz 1954
101
2236
Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Trio Hard Bop 1953
102
2269
Bill Haley and His Comets Shake, Rattle and Roll [1954]/Rock Around the Clock [1955] Rock & Roll 1954
103
2271
Ray Charles Ray Charles at Newport Rhythm & Blues, Soul Jazz 1958
104
2297
Harry Belafonte Belafonte at Carnegie Hall Caribbean Folk Music 1959
105
2304
Duke Ellington Such Sweet Thunder Big Band 1957
106
2318
The Louvin Brothers Tragic Songs of Life Close Harmony 1956
107
2319
Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn Jazz Pop, Television Music 1959
108
2330
The Weavers The Weavers at Carnegie Hall Contemporary Folk 1957
109
2337
The Original Broadway Cast My Fair Lady Show Tunes 1956
110
2400
Elvis Presley Loving You Rock & Roll 1957
111
2402
Johnny Cash Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar! Country, Rockabilly 1957
112
2414
Billie Holiday Songs for Distingué Lovers Standards, Vocal Jazz 1958
113
2421
Frank Sinatra A Swingin' Affair! Standards, Vocal Jazz 1957
114
2428
The Everly Brothers Songs Our Daddy Taught Us Close Harmony, Country Pop, Folk Pop 1958
115
2498
The Lester Young - Teddy Wilson Quartet Pres and Teddy Swing 1959
116
2537
Anita O'Day Anita Sings the Most Standards, Vocal Jazz 1957
117
2600
Art Blakey Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk Hard Bop 1958
118
2620
Clifford Brown & Max Roach Study in Brown Hard Bop 1955
119
2624
B.B. King Singin' the Blues Electric Blues 1957
120
2634
Thelonious Monk Misterioso Post-Bop 1958
121
2642
Frank Sinatra Where Are You? Standards, Vocal Jazz 1957
122
2650
Frank Sinatra Come Dance with Me! Standards, Vocal Jazz 1959
123
2695
Jimmy Giuffre Jimmy Giuffre 3 Cool Jazz 1957
124
2714
Dizzy Gillespie with Roy Eldridge Roy and Diz #2 Jazz 1954
125
2730
Champion Jack Dupree Blues from the Gutter New Orleans Blues, Piano Blues 1959
126
2758
June Christy Something Cool Cool Jazz, Vocal Jazz 1954
127
2787
Ricky Nelson Ricky Sings Again Country 1959
128
2788
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross Sing a Song of Basie Vocal Jazz 1958
129
2800
Elvis Presley King Creole Film Soundtrack, Rock & Roll 1958
130
2827
Miles Davis Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet Hard Bop 1959
131
2833
Thelonious Monk Thelonious Himself Hard Bop 1957
132
2853
Steve Lacy Reflections: Steve Lacy Plays Thelonious Monk Post-Bop 1959
133
2858
Dizzy Gillespie At Newport Bebop, Big Band 1958
134
2875
John Cage Indeterminacy Indeterminacy, Spoken Word 1959
135
2882
Julie London Julie Is Her Name Standards, Vocal Jazz 1955
136
2894
Ray Charles Ray Charles/Hallelujah, I Love Her So Rhythm & Blues, Soul 1957
137
2912
Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster/Blue Saxophones Post-Bop 1959
138
2916
Frank Sinatra Songs for Young Lovers Standards, Vocal Jazz 1954

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Mahalia Jackson Newport 1958 Gospel 1958
Dinah Washington What a Diff'rence a Day Makes! Standards, Vocal Jazz 1959
Duke Ellington Anatomy of a Murder Big Band, Film Score 1959
Nat King Cole Love Is the Thing Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz 1957
Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Side by Side Jazz 1959
Sonny Boy Williamson (II) Down and Out Blues Chicago Blues 1959
Horace Silver Blowin' the Blues Away Hard Bop 1959
John Coltrane Soultrane/John Coltrane 2-LP Hard Bop 1958
Bill Evans Everybody Digs Bill Evans Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz 1959
Serge Chaloff Blue Serge Jazz 1956
Elvis Presley For LP Fans Only Rock & Roll 1959
J. J. Johnson With Clifford Brown/The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1 Bebop 1953
Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Stitt For Musicians Only Bebop 1956
Clifford Brown & Max Roach At Basin Street Hard Bop 1956
Art Blakey The Jazz Messengers Hard Bop 1956
Duke Ellington Indigos Big Band 1958
Little Richard Little Richard (Volume 2) Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1958
Thelonious Monk Thelonious in Action: Recorded at the Five Spot Cafe, New York City Hard Bop 1958
John Fahey Blind Joe Death American Primitivism 1959
Harold Land The Fox Jazz 1959
The Original Motion Picture Cast The Wizard of Oz Film Soundtrack 1956
Wynton Kelly Kelly Blue Hard Bop 1959
Sarah Vaughan In the Land of Hi-Fi Big Band, Vocal Jazz 1956
Henry "Red" Allen Ride, Red, Ride in Hi-Fi/World on a String Dixieland 1957
Esquivel Exploring New Sounds in Hi-Fi/Exploring New Sounds in Stereo Lounge, Space Age Pop 1959
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster Cool Jazz 1959
Lionel Hampton & Stan Getz Hamp & Getz Jazz 1955
Tito Puente Top Percussion Afro-Cuban Jazz 1958
Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie Jazz 1956
Peggy Lee Black Coffee with Peggy Lee Vocal Jazz 1953
Thelonious Monk The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall Hard Bop 1959
Fats Domino This Is Fats Domino! Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1956
Johnny Griffin A Blowin' Session Hard Bop 1957
Ben Webster Ben Webster and Associates Jazz 1959
Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins & Sonny Stitt Sonny Side Up Bebop 1958
Quincy Jones The Birth of a Band! Big Band 1959
The "5" Royales Dedicated to You Doo-Wop 1957
Art Pepper Art Pepper + Eleven Cool Jazz 1959
Dizzy Gillespie Birks' Works Big Band 1957
Hampton Hawes This Is Hampton Hawes: Vol. 2, The Trio Hard Bop 1956
Cecil Taylor Looking Ahead! Avant-Garde Jazz 1959
Fred Astaire The Astaire Story Vocal Jazz 1953
Frank Sinatra Swing Easy! Standards, Swing, Vocal Jazz 1954
Gerry Mulligan What Is There to Say? Cool Jazz 1959
The Kingston Trio At Large Folk Revival 1959
Duane Eddy Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel Rock & Roll 1958
B.B. King The Blues Electric Blues 1958
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Ella and Louis Again Standards, Vocal Jazz 1957
Ravi Shankar The Sounds of India Hindustani Classical Music 1958
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook Big Band, Standards, Vocal Jazz 1958
Dave Brubeck Quartet Jazz Goes to College Cool Jazz 1954
The Four Freshmen Four Freshmen and 5 Trombones Vocal Group, Vocal Jazz 1955
Sonny Rollins Plus 4 Hard Bop 1956
Gerry Mulligan At Storyville Jazz 1957
Max Roach Max Roach + 4 Hard Bop 1956
Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson at the Opera House Hard Bop 1958
Lester Young The Jazz Giants Cool Jazz 1956
Ben Webster Soulville Cool Jazz 1958
Anita O'Day Pick Yourself Up with Anita O'Day Vocal Jazz 1957
Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2 Jazz 1954
Memphis Slim At the Gate of Horn Piano Blues 1959
Cannonball Adderley In San Francisco Hard Bop 1959
LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith Rhythm & Blues 1958
Reverend Gary Davis Pure Religion and Bad Company Acoustic Blues, Gospel 1957
Hampton Hawes Four! Jazz 1958
Charles Mingus The Clown Post-Bop 1957
Frank Sinatra No One Cares Standards, Vocal Jazz 1959
Coleman Hawkins The Hawk Flies High Bebop 1957
Clifford Brown Clifford Brown with Strings Hard Bop 1955
John Coltrane and Paul Quinichette Cattin' with Coltrane and Quinichette Jazz 1959
Ravi Shankar Music of India: Three Classical R?gas/Three Ragas Hindustani Classical Music 1956
Cecil Taylor Jazz Advance Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop 1956
Little Richard The Fabulous Little Richard Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1959
Duke Ellington The Duke Plays Ellington/Piano Reflections Jazz 1953
Sonny Rollins Newk's Time Hard Bop 1958
Miles Davis Miles Davis All Star Sextet/Walkin' Hard Bop 1955
Duke Ellington Ellington Uptown/Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown Big Band 1953
Chet Baker It Could Happen to You Cool Jazz, Vocal Jazz 1958
Nina Simone Little Girl Blue/Jazz As Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club Vocal Jazz 1958
Kenny Dorham Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia Hard Bop 1956
Stan Kenton Cuban Fire! Afro-Cuban Jazz, Big Band 1956
Oscar Peterson At the Stratford Shakespearian Festival Jazz 1956
Shelly Manne The West Coast Sound Cool Jazz 1955
Johnny Smith Moonlight in Vermont Cool Jazz 1956
Sonny Rollins Work Time Hard Bop 1956
Art Farmer Farmer's Market Hard Bop 1958
Sun Ra and His Arkestra Super-Sonic Jazz Post-Bop 1957
Gerry Mulligan California Concerts Jazz 1954
Oscar Peterson The Oscar Peterson Trio at the Concertgebouw Jazz 1958
Duke Ellington Newport 1958 Big Band 1958
June Christy The Misty Miss Christy Standards, Vocal Jazz 1956
Don Gibson Oh Lonesome Me Nashville Sound 1958
Elvis Presley Elvis' Christmas Album Christmas Music, Gospel, Rock & Roll 1957
Miles Davis Vol. 2 Jazz 1953
Mongo Santamaría Mongo/AfroRoots Afro-Cuban Jazz 1959
Tito Puente Cuban Carnival Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mambo 1956
Stan Kenton Kenton in Hi-Fi Big Band 1956
Dizzy Gillespie Duets/Dizzy, Rollins & Stitt Bebop 1958
Dinah Washington In the Land of Hi-Fi Standards, Vocal Jazz 1956
Duke Ellington Jazz Party Big Band 1959
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson Standards, Vocal Jazz 1959
Anita O'Day Anita O'Day Sings the Winners Vocal Jazz 1958
Wanda Jackson Wanda Jackson Rockabilly 1958
Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Hard Bop 1957
Ornette Coleman Tomorrow Is the Question! Hard Bop 1959
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Swings Lightly Standards, Vocal Jazz 1958
Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Rock & Roll 1959
Ella Fitzgerald Like Someone in Love Standards, Vocal Jazz 1957
Sarah Vaughan No Count Sarah Big Band, Vocal Jazz 1959
Fats Domino The Fabulous Mr. D New Orleans R&B, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1958
Peggy Lee/George Shearing Beauty and the Beat! Standards, Vocal Jazz 1959
Art Blakey At the Jazz Corner of the World Vol. 2 Hard Bop 1959
Lee Morgan The Cooker Hard Bop 1958
Anita O'Day Anita/This Is Anita Vocal Jazz 1955