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100 Greatest Rock Albums Of The 1950s

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Criteria: - Albums as we know them now were a new concept in the 1950s. Before then an album was a set of 3 or 4  78s in a booklet form. The first rock albums started to appear around 1955. Most early rock albums were merely collections of songs that had previously been released on singles. We have tried not to include any items on this list that did not contain at least some material that had not already been released before, but there are a couple of essential 1950s albums here that only included songs that were also available on singles. These albums were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, their influence and impact on musical history, and on their legitimacy as albums. This refers to how much of the music on the album was recorded specifically for the album, as opposed to being older tracks from previously released singles.

Edited By: Bruce
Last Updated: 04-14-2014

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100 Greatest Rock Albums Of The 1950s
 100 Greatest Songs by Year | 1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959   
  1. Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
  2. The Chirping Crickets - Crickets
  3. Here's Little Richard - Little Richard
  4. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
  5. The Paragons Meet The Jesters - Paragons & Jesters
  6. Buddy Holly - Buddy Holly
  7. Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n Roll Trio - Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n Roll Trio
  8. Little Richard - Little Richard
  9. Chuck Berry Is On Top - Chuck Berry
10. Elvis - Elvis Presley
11. After School Session - Chuck Berry
12. Flamingo Serenade - Flamingos
13. Bluejean Bop - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
14. Loving You - Elvis Presley
15. Dance Album - Carl Perkins
16. The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon - Teenagers
17. Rock And Rollin' - Fats Domino
18. Go Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
19. Jerry Lee Lewis - Jerry Lee Lewis
20. King Creole - Elvis Presley
21. The Everly Bothers (They're Off And Rolling) - Everly Brothers
22. This Is Fats Domino! - Fats Domino
23. One Dozen Berrys - Chuck Berry
24. Ricky - Ricky Nelson
25. Ricky Sings Again - Ricky Nelson
26. Have Twangy Guitar, Will Travel - Duane Eddy
27. Goodnite, It's Time To Go - Spaniels
28. Rock 'n' Roll Stage Show - Bill Haley and His Comets
29. Oh! Suzy-Q - Dale Hawkins
30. This Is Fats! - Fats Domino
31. King Of The Stroll - Chuck Willis
32. Here's Larry Williams - Larry Williams
33. The Platters - Platters
34. We Are The Chantels - Chantels
35. Look! It's The Moonglows - Moonglows
36. Jack Scott - Jack Scott
37. Ritchie Valens - Ritchie Valens
38. We Are The Imperials - Little Anthony and the Imperials
39. The Crazy Cadillacs - Cadillacs
40. The Fabulous "Mr. D" - Fats Domino
41. Ronnie Hawkins - Ronnie Hawkins
42. Here Stands Fats Domino - Fats Domino
43. The Genius Of Ray Charles - Ray Charles
44. Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs - Marty Robbins
45. Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
46. I'm Jimmy Reed - Jimmy Reed
47. Wanda Jackson - Wanda Jackson
48. Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar - Johnny Cash
49. Elvis' Christmas Album - Elvis Presley
50. The 5 Satins Sing - Five Satins
51. Please, Please, Please - James Brown
52. Presenting Dion and the Belmonts - Dion and the Belmonts
53. Ricky Nelson - Ricky Nelson
54. That's All - Bobby Darin
55. The Exciting Lloyd Price - Lloyd Price
56. Rock And Roll - Buddy Johnson
57. Gene Vincent Rocks! And The Blue Caps Roll - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
58. Esquerita! - Esquerita
59. Blues, Candy, And Big Maybelle - Big Maybelle
60. The Fabulous Little Richard - Little Richard
61. I'm John Lee Hooker - John Lee Hooker
62. Rock'n Roll'n Robbins - Marty Robbins
63. The Boss Of The Blues - Joe Turner
64. Rockin' With Reed - Jimmy Reed
65. Rock And Roll - Red Prysock
66. On A Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford
67. The Swinging, Singing Record Session - Del-Vikings
68. The Cool, Cool Penguins - Penguins
69. America's Famous Song Stylists - Diamonds
70. Especially For You - Duane Eddy
71. Fever - Little Willie John
72. Rockin' The Joint - Bill Haley and His Comets
73. LaVern Baker Sings Bessie Smith - LaVern Baker
74. Big Jay In 3-D - Big Jay McNeely
75. Conway Twitty Sings - Conway Twitty
76. Bobby Darin - Bobby Darin
77. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
78. Yours Forever - Billy Ward and the Dominoes
79. Love Ballads - Clyde McPhatter
80. Whole Lotta Shakin' - Carl Perkins
81. Joe Houston Blows All Nite Long - Joe Houston
82. Let's Play Fats Domino - Fats Domino
83. Red River Rock - Johnny and the Hurricanes
84. Singin' To My Baby - Eddie Cochran
85. Try Me - James Brown
86. That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
87. Cliff - Cliff Richard
88. The Blues - B.B. King
89. Ray Charles At Newport - Ray Charles
90. Come Go With The Del-Vikings - Del-Vikings
91. Rock And Roll Dance Party - Alan Freed
92. Sam Cooke - Sam Cooke
93. Shout! - Isley Brothers
94. Walkin' With Mr. Lee - Lee Allen
95. Buddy Knox - Buddy Knox
96. Jumpin' With The Jacks - Jacks
97. New Sounds - Mickey and Sylvia
98. On Stage - Five Keys
99. Frankie Lymon at the London Paladium - Frankie Lymon
100. Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper

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Here's Little Richard album cover


Bo Diddley album cover


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Chuck Berry Is On Top album cover


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