Top Albums of 1959





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
35
Miles Davis Kind of Blue Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz
2
347
Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out Cool Jazz
3
357
Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Avant-Garde Jazz
4
430
Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um Post-Bop
5
750
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers [Moanin'] Hard Bop
6
784
Miles Davis Porgy and Bess Big Band
7
792
Howlin' Wolf Moanin' in the Moonlight Chicago Blues
8
896
Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Is On Top Rock & Roll
9
1036
Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles Soul, Vocal Jazz
10
1394
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz
11
1446
Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs Cowboy
12
1535
João Gilberto Chega De Saudade Bossa Nova
13
1849
Bo Diddley Go Bo Diddley Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
14
1893
Elvis Presley A Date with Elvis Rock & Roll
15
1947
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross The Hottest New Group in Jazz Vocal Jazz
16
2012
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Porgy & Bess Vocal Jazz
17
2036
George Russell New York N.Y. Big Band
18
2140
Jimmy Smith The Sermon! Soul Jazz
19
2212
Lightnin' Hopkins The Roots of Lightnin' Hopkins/Lightnin' Hopkins Acoustic Texas Blues
20
2297
Harry Belafonte Belafonte at Carnegie Hall Caribbean Folk Music
21
2319
Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn Jazz Pop, Television Music
22
2498
The Lester Young - Teddy Wilson Quartet Pres and Teddy Swing
23
2650
Frank Sinatra Come Dance with Me! Standards, Vocal Jazz
24
2730
Champion Jack Dupree Blues from the Gutter New Orleans Blues, Piano Blues
25
2787
Ricky Nelson Ricky Sings Again Country
26
2827
Miles Davis Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet Hard Bop
27
2853
Steve Lacy Reflections: Steve Lacy Plays Thelonious Monk Post-Bop
28
2875
John Cage Indeterminacy Indeterminacy, Spoken Word
29
2912
Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster/Blue Saxophones Post-Bop

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Dinah Washington What a Diff'rence a Day Makes! Standards, Vocal Jazz
Duke Ellington Anatomy of a Murder Big Band, Film Score
Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Side by Side Jazz
Sonny Boy Williamson (II) Down and Out Blues Chicago Blues
Horace Silver Blowin' the Blues Away Hard Bop
Bill Evans Everybody Digs Bill Evans Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz
Elvis Presley For LP Fans Only Rock & Roll
John Fahey Blind Joe Death American Primitivism
Harold Land The Fox Jazz
Wynton Kelly Kelly Blue Hard Bop
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
Ben Webster Ben Webster and Associates Jazz
Quincy Jones The Birth of a Band! Big Band
Art Pepper Art Pepper + Eleven Cool Jazz
Cecil Taylor Looking Ahead! Avant-Garde Jazz
Gerry Mulligan What Is There to Say? Cool Jazz
The Kingston Trio At Large Folk Revival
Memphis Slim At the Gate of Horn Piano Blues
Cannonball Adderley In San Francisco Hard Bop
Frank Sinatra No One Cares Standards, Vocal Jazz
John Coltrane and Paul Quinichette Cattin' with Coltrane and Quinichette Jazz
Little Richard The Fabulous Little Richard Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
Mongo Santamaría Mongo/AfroRoots Afro-Cuban Jazz
Duke Ellington Jazz Party Big Band
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson Standards, Vocal Jazz
Ornette Coleman Tomorrow Is the Question! Hard Bop
Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Rock & Roll
Sarah Vaughan No Count Sarah Big Band, Vocal Jazz
Peggy Lee/George Shearing Beauty and the Beat! Standards, Vocal Jazz
Art Blakey At the Jazz Corner of the World Vol. 2 Hard Bop