Top Albums of the 1950s





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres Year
1
34
Miles Davis Kind of Blue Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz 1959
2
119
Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Rock & Roll 1956
3
322
Frank Sinatra In the Wee Small Hours Standards, Vocal Jazz 1955
4
325
Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers! Standards, Vocal Jazz 1956
5
351
Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out Cool Jazz 1959
6
361
Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Avant-Garde Jazz 1959
7
380
Miles Davis Classics in Jazz/Birth of the Cool Cool Jazz 1954
8
393
Little Richard Here's Little Richard Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1957
9
414
The Crickets The "Chirping" Crickets Rockabilly 1957
10
415
Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus Hard Bop 1957
11
437
Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um Post-Bop 1959
12
559
Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music (Volume One) Bebop 1951
13
562
Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners Hard Bop 1957
14
573
Duke Ellington Ellington at Newport Big Band 1956
15
631
Benny Goodman The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert Big Band, Swing 1950
16
659
Elvis Presley Elvis Rock & Roll 1956
17
706
Billie Holiday Lady in Satin Vocal Jazz 1958
18
737
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz 1956
19
745
The Quintet Jazz at Massey Hall/The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever Bebop 1953
20
746
Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else Hard Bop 1958
21
756
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers [Moanin'] Hard Bop 1959
22
766
John Coltrane Blue Train Hard Bop 1958
23
773
Miles Davis Porgy and Bess Big Band 1959
24
774
Count Basie Basie/The Atomic Mr. Basie/The Complete Atomic Basie Big Band, Swing 1958
25
804
Howlin' Wolf Moanin' in the Moonlight Chicago Blues 1959
26
838
Bo Diddley Bo Diddley Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1958
27
868
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
925
Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell Bebop 1951
30
929
Johnny Burnette Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n Roll Trio Rockabilly 1956
31
944
The Original Broadway Cast West Side Story Show Tunes 1957
32
976
Miles Davis Miles Ahead Cool Jazz 1957
33
981
Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea Jazz 1956
34
1042
Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles Soul, Vocal Jazz 1959
35
1085
Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2 Bebop 1952
36
1091
Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus Post-Bop 1956
37
1125
Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown Sarah Vaughan/Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown Standards, Vocal Jazz 1955
38
1165
Lennie Tristano Lennie Tristano Cool Jazz 1956
39
1191
Miles Davis Milestones Hard Bop 1958
40
1194
Tito Puente Dance Mania Guaguancó, Mambo 1958
41
1228
Sonny Rollins Way Out West Hard Bop 1957
42
1262
Jerry Lee Lewis Jerry Lee Lewis Rock & Roll 1958
43
1289
Sonny Rollins A Night at the "Village Vanguard" Hard Bop 1958
44
1299
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
1375
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps Rockabilly 1957
47
1389
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz 1959
48
1458
The Modern Jazz Quartet Fontessa Cool Jazz 1956
49
1459
Art Blakey Quintet A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 Hard Bop 1954
50
1460
Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs Cowboy 1959
51
1532
Big Joe Turner The Boss of the Blues Rhythm & Blues 1956
52
1539
João Gilberto Chega De Saudade Bossa Nova 1959
53
1553
Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Rockabilly 1958
54
1559
Miles Davis Round About Midnight Hard Bop 1957
55
1564
Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues Vocal Jazz 1956
56
1576
Count Basie April in Paris Big Band, Swing 1957
57
1596
Sun Ra Jazz in Silhouette Post-Bop 1958
58
1608
Frank Sinatra Come Fly with Me Standards, Vocal Jazz 1958
59
1622
Chuck Berry After School Session Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1957
60
1624
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz 1956
61
1630
Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy Dixieland, Vocal Jazz 1954
62
1638
Art Pepper Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section Cool Jazz 1957
63
1664
The Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers (They're Off and Rolling) Close Harmony, Pop, Rock & Roll 1957
64
1668
The Modern Jazz Quartet Django Cool Jazz, Third Stream 1956
65
1682
Thelonious Monk Monk's Music Hard Bop 1958
66
1698
The Art Tatum - Ben Webster Quartet The Art Tatum - Ben Webster Quartet/The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 8 Cool Jazz, Stride 1958
67
1720
Sonny Clark Cool Struttin' Hard Bop 1958
68
1769
Miles Davis Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet Hard Bop 1957
69
1815
Harry Belafonte Calypso Calypso 1956
70
1866
Bo Diddley Go Bo Diddley Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1959
71
1920
George Russell The Jazz Workshop Jazz 1956
72
1926
Miles Davis Relaxin' with The Miles Davis Quintet Hard Bop 1958
73
1934
Horace Silver Horace Silver Quintet (Vol. 1 & 2)/Horace Silver and The Jazz Messengers Hard Bop 1955
74
1937
Miles Davis Ascenseur pour l'échafaud/Jazz Track Cool Jazz, Film Score 1958
75
1949
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross The Hottest New Group in Jazz Vocal Jazz 1959
76
1956
Sarah Vaughan Images/Swingin' Easy Vocal Jazz 1954
77
1958
Dizzy Gillespie Groovin' High Bebop 1955
78
1967
Chuck Berry One Dozen Berrys Rock & Roll 1958
79
1971
Sonny Rollins Freedom Suite Hard Bop 1958
80
2016
Nat King Cole After Midnight Vocal Jazz 1957
81
2017
Dinah Washington Dinah Jams Standards, Vocal Jazz 1954
82
2019
Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie Bird & Diz Bebop 1952
83
2026
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Porgy & Bess Vocal Jazz 1959
84
2037
Ahmad Jamal At the Pershing: But Not for Me Jazz 1958
85
2055
George Russell New York N.Y. Big Band 1959
86
2063
Fats Domino Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino Rock & Roll 1956
87
2095
Elvis Presley A Date with Elvis Rock & Roll 1959
88
2096
Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson Trio With the Oscar Peterson Trio #1 & #2/The President Plays with the Oscar Peterson Trio Swing 1954
89
2104
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook Big Band, Vocal Jazz 1957
90
2114
Count Basie Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings Big Band, Swing, Vocal Jazz 1955
91
2135
Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness Hard Bop 1956
92
2151
Jimmy Smith The Sermon! Soul Jazz 1959
93
2154
Art Blakey Quintet A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 Hard Bop 1954
94
2182
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings Cool Jazz 1950
95
2186
Count Basie At Newport Big Band 1957
96
2189
Louis Prima The Wildest! Big Band, Swing, Traditional Pop 1956
97
2192
Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!! Hard Bop 1958
98
2235
Lightnin' Hopkins The Roots of Lightnin' Hopkins/Lightnin' Hopkins Acoustic Texas Blues 1959
99
2236
Chet Baker Chet Baker Sings Cool Jazz, Standards, Vocal Jazz 1954
100
2262
Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Trio Hard Bop 1953
101
2267
Stan Kenton New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm Big Band 1953
102
2274
Ray Charles Ray Charles at Newport Rhythm & Blues, Soul Jazz 1958
103
2290
Bill Haley and His Comets Shake, Rattle and Roll [1954]/Rock Around the Clock [1955] Rock & Roll 1954
104
2307
Duke Ellington Such Sweet Thunder Big Band 1957
105
2324
Harry Belafonte Belafonte at Carnegie Hall Caribbean Folk Music 1959
106
2334
The Louvin Brothers Tragic Songs of Life Close Harmony 1956
107
2335
Frank Sinatra A Swingin' Affair! Standards, Vocal Jazz 1957
108
2343
Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn Jazz Pop, Television Music 1959
109
2353
The Weavers The Weavers at Carnegie Hall Contemporary Folk 1956
110
2376
The Original Broadway Cast My Fair Lady Show Tunes 1956
111
2401
Johnny Cash Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar! Country, Rockabilly 1957
112
2421
Billie Holiday Songs for Distingué Lovers Standards, Vocal Jazz 1958
113
2422
Elvis Presley Loving You Rock & Roll 1957
114
2455
The Everly Brothers Songs Our Daddy Taught Us Close Harmony, Country Pop, Folk Pop 1958
115
2515
The Lester Young - Teddy Wilson Quartet Pres and Teddy Swing 1959
116
2545
Anita O'Day Anita Sings the Most Standards, Vocal Jazz 1957
117
2606
Art Blakey Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk Hard Bop 1958
118
2621
B.B. King Singin' the Blues Electric Blues 1957
119
2624
Clifford Brown & Max Roach Study in Brown Hard Bop 1955
120
2635
Thelonious Monk Misterioso Post-Bop 1958
121
2640
Frank Sinatra Where Are You? Standards, Vocal Jazz 1957
122
2654
Frank Sinatra Come Dance with Me! Standards, Vocal Jazz 1959
123
2689
Jimmy Giuffre Jimmy Giuffre 3 Cool Jazz 1957
124
2702
Dizzy Gillespie with Roy Eldridge Roy and Diz #2 Jazz 1954
125
2726
Champion Jack Dupree Blues from the Gutter New Orleans Blues, Piano Blues 1959
126
2752
June Christy Something Cool Cool Jazz, Vocal Jazz 1954
127
2773
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross Sing a Song of Basie Vocal Jazz 1958
128
2796
Mahalia Jackson Newport 1958 Gospel 1958
129
2810
Elvis Presley King Creole Film Soundtrack, Rock & Roll 1958
130
2811
Ricky Nelson Ricky Sings Again Country 1959
131
2818
Miles Davis Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet Hard Bop 1959
132
2839
Thelonious Monk Thelonious Himself Hard Bop 1957
133
2863
Steve Lacy Reflections: Steve Lacy Plays Thelonious Monk Post-Bop 1959
134
2871
Dizzy Gillespie At Newport Bebop, Big Band 1958
135
2892
John Cage Indeterminacy Indeterminacy, Spoken Word 1959
136
2895
Julie London Julie Is Her Name Standards, Vocal Jazz 1955
137
2904
Ray Charles Ray Charles/Hallelujah, I Love Her So Rhythm & Blues, Soul 1957
138
2919
Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster/Blue Saxophones Post-Bop 1959
139
2921
Frank Sinatra Songs for Young Lovers Standards, Vocal Jazz 1954

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
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
Bill Evans Everybody Digs Bill Evans Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz 1959
John Coltrane Soultrane/John Coltrane 2-LP Hard Bop 1958
Serge Chaloff Blue Serge Jazz 1956
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
Tito Puente Top Percussion Afro-Cuban Jazz 1958
Duke Ellington Indigos Big Band 1958
Art Blakey The Jazz Messengers Hard Bop 1956
Clifford Brown & Max Roach At Basin Street Hard Bop 1956
Thelonious Monk Thelonious in Action: Recorded at the Five Spot Cafe, New York City Hard Bop 1958
Little Richard Little Richard (Volume 2) Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1958
Harold Land The Fox Jazz 1959
John Fahey Blind Joe Death American Primitivism 1959
Wynton Kelly Kelly Blue Hard Bop 1959
Sarah Vaughan In the Land of Hi-Fi Big Band, Vocal Jazz 1956
The Original Motion Picture Cast The Wizard of Oz Film Soundtrack 1956
Henry "Red" Allen Ride, Red, Ride in Hi-Fi/World on a String Dixieland 1957
Fats Domino This Is Fats Domino! Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1956
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster Cool Jazz 1959
Esquivel Exploring New Sounds in Hi-Fi/Exploring New Sounds in Stereo Lounge, Space Age Pop 1959
Lionel Hampton & Stan Getz Hamp & Getz Jazz 1955
Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie Jazz 1956
Peggy Lee Black Coffee with Peggy Lee Vocal Jazz 1953
Elvis Presley For LP Fans Only Rock & Roll 1959
Thelonious Monk The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall Hard Bop 1959
Johnny Griffin A Blowin' Session Hard Bop 1957
Ben Webster Ben Webster and Associates Jazz 1959
The "5" Royales Dedicated to You Doo-Wop 1957
Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins & Sonny Stitt Sonny Side Up Bebop 1958
Quincy Jones The Birth of a Band! Big Band 1959
Dizzy Gillespie Birks' Works Big Band 1957
Art Pepper Art Pepper + Eleven Cool Jazz 1959
Hampton Hawes This Is Hampton Hawes: Vol. 2, The Trio Hard Bop 1956
Cecil Taylor Looking Ahead! Avant-Garde Jazz 1959
Frank Sinatra Swing Easy! Standards, Swing, Vocal Jazz 1954
Fred Astaire The Astaire Story Vocal Jazz 1953
B.B. King The Blues Electric Blues 1958
Gerry Mulligan What Is There to Say? Cool Jazz 1959
The Kingston Trio At Large Folk Revival 1959
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Ella and Louis Again Standards, Vocal Jazz 1957
Dave Brubeck Quartet Jazz Goes to College Cool Jazz 1954
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook Big Band, Standards, Vocal Jazz 1958
Ravi Shankar The Sounds of India Hindustani Classical Music 1958
Duane Eddy Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel Rock & Roll 1958
The Four Freshmen Four Freshmen and 5 Trombones Vocal Group, Vocal Jazz 1955
Max Roach Max Roach + 4 Hard Bop 1956
Gerry Mulligan At Storyville Jazz 1957
Lester Young The Jazz Giants Cool Jazz 1956
Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson at the Opera House Hard Bop 1958
Anita O'Day Pick Yourself Up with Anita O'Day Vocal Jazz 1957
Ben Webster Soulville Cool Jazz 1958
Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2 Jazz 1954
Memphis Slim At the Gate of Horn Piano Blues 1959
LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith Rhythm & Blues 1958
Cannonball Adderley In San Francisco Hard Bop 1959
Hampton Hawes Four! Jazz 1958
Reverend Gary Davis Pure Religion and Bad Company Acoustic Blues, Gospel 1957
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
Sonny Rollins Newk's Time Hard Bop 1958
Cecil Taylor Jazz Advance Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop 1956
Ravi Shankar Music of India: Three Classical R?gas/Three Ragas Hindustani Classical Music 1956
Miles Davis Miles Davis All Star Sextet/Walkin' Hard Bop 1955
Little Richard The Fabulous Little Richard Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 1959
Duke Ellington The Duke Plays Ellington/Piano Reflections Jazz 1953
Duke Ellington Ellington Uptown/Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown Big Band 1953
Sonny Rollins Plus 4 Hard Bop 1956
Chet Baker It Could Happen to You Cool Jazz, Vocal Jazz 1958
Kenny Dorham Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia Hard Bop 1956
Nina Simone Little Girl Blue/Jazz As Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club Vocal Jazz 1958
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
Gerry Mulligan California Concerts Jazz 1954
Sun Ra and His Arkestra Super-Sonic Jazz Post-Bop 1957
Oscar Peterson The Oscar Peterson Trio at the Concertgebouw Jazz 1958
Duke Ellington Newport 1958 Big Band 1958
Tito Puente Cuban Carnival Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mambo 1956
June Christy The Misty Miss Christy Standards, Vocal Jazz 1956
Miles Davis Vol. 2 Jazz 1953
Elvis Presley Elvis' Christmas Album Christmas Music, Gospel, Rock & Roll 1957
Don Gibson Oh Lonesome Me Nashville Sound 1958
Mongo Santamaría Mongo/AfroRoots Afro-Cuban Jazz 1959
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
Wanda Jackson Wanda Jackson Rockabilly 1958
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson Standards, Vocal Jazz 1959
Anita O'Day Anita O'Day Sings the Winners Vocal Jazz 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
Fats Domino The Fabulous Mr. D New Orleans R&B, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll 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
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