Albums from the Year 1951

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This page lists the top albums of 1951 in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described in the site generation page. Before 1960 quality chart information for albums is sparse, the result should therefore be treated with some caution. A list of biggest hit songs of 1951 can be found here.

The top ten album artists of 1951 were:

1:Thelonious Monk2:George Gershwin3:Alex North4:The Blackwood Brothers Quartet5:Roger Wagner Chorale
6:Chicago Symphony Orchestra7:Mario Lanza8:Bud Powell9:Giacomo Puccini10:Paul Lingle
# Artist Album Title Year Chart Entries
1 Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music 1951 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003 (1949), BEA 1 of 1951, Guiness 91, Acclaimed 458 (1951), RYM 1 of 1951
2 George Gershwin An American in Paris 1951 US num 1 for 16 weeks - Jan 1952, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006 (1951), RYM 1 of 1928
3 Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music, Vol 2 1951 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003 (1949), Guiness 91, Acclaimed 714 (1952), RYM 1 of 1952
4 Alex North A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Library of Congress artifact added 2015 (1951), RYM 9 of 1951
5 Original Cast The King & I 1951 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1951), RYM 24 of 1951
6 Roger Wagner Chorale Pope Marcellus Mass (Palestrina) 1951 Library of Congress artifact added 2010 (1951)
7 Mario Lanza Mario Lanza Sings Selections from the Great Caruso 1951 US num 1 for 10 weeks - Jun 1951
8 Original Soundtrack Show Boat 1951 US num 1 for 18 weeks - Aug 1951
9 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Pictures At An Exhibition 1951 Library of Congress artifact added 2003 (1951)
10 The Blackwood Brothers Quartet Favorite Gospel Songs & Spirituals 1951 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1951)
11 Giacomo Puccini La Boheme 1951 France (InfoDisc) 66 of 1988 (peak 23, 4 weeks), RYM 22 of 1951
12 Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell 1951 Acclaimed 792 (1951), RYM 2 of 1951
13 Duke Ellington Masterpieces by Ellington 1951 RYM 3 of 1951
14 Trio Matamoros La china en la rumba 1951 RYM 4 of 1951
15 Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose 1951 RYM 5 of 1951
16 Erroll Garner Gems 1951 RYM 6 of 1951
17 Les Baxter & his Orchestra Ritual of the Savage (Le sacre du sauvage) 1951 RYM 7 of 1951
18 Miklos Rozsa Quo Vadis 1951 RYM 8 of 1951
19 George Shearing Touch of Genius ! 1951 RYM 10 of 1951
20 Lester Young The Lester Young Trio 1951 RYM 11 of 1951
21 Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A major 1951 RYM 12 of 1951
22 Oscar Peterson 1951 1951 RYM 13 of 1951
23 Billie Holiday At Storyville 1951 RYM 14 of 1951
24 Bud Powell Moods 1951 RYM 15 of 1951
25 Lightnin' Hopkins The Blues 1951 RYM 16 of 1951
26 Gerry Mulligan Mulligan Plays Mulligan 1951 RYM 17 of 1951
27 Igor Stravinsky The Rake's Progress 1951 RYM 18 of 1951
28 Louis Armstrong Satchmo at Pasadena 1951 RYM 19 of 1951
29 Karlheinz Stockhausen Formel 1951 RYM 20 of 1951
30 Pierre Henry Le Microphone Bien Tempere 1951 RYM 21 of 1951
31 Judy Garland Judy Garland Sings 1951 RYM 23 of 1951
32 Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan Sings 1951 RYM 26 of 1951
33 Various Artists A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1951 RYM 28 of 1951
34 Paul Lingle Dance of the Witch Hazels 1951 RYM 29 of 1951
35 Joly Braga Santos Concerto para Cordas 1951 RYM 30 of 1951
36 Lee Konitz The New Sound 1951 RYM 31 of 1951
37 Jimmy Dorsey Dixie by Dorsey 1951 RYM 32 of 1951
38 Ruggiero Leoncavallo Pagliacci 1951 RYM 33 of 1951
39 Red Norvo Red Norvo's Fabulous Jam Session 1951 RYM 34 of 1951
40 Paul Lingle Vintage Piano 1951 RYM 35 of 1951
41 Paul Lingle The Legend Of Lingle 1951 RYM 36 of 1951
42 Lefty Frizzell The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers 1951 RYM 37 of 1951
43 Red Foley Red Foley Souvenir Album 1951 RYM 38 of 1951
44 Erroll Garner Body & Soul 1951 RYM 39 of 1951
45 Rico's Creole Band Maria Cristina / Que Me Importa 1951 RYM 40 of 1951
46 Dizzy Gillespie School Days 1951 RYM 41 of 1951
47 Lightnin' Hopkins Blues Train 1951 RYM 42 of 1951
48 Johnnie Ray Johnnie Ray 1951 RYM 43 of 1951
49 Les Paul & Mary Ford Les Paul's New Sound, Vol 2 1951 RYM 44 of 1951
50 Louis Armstrong Evening with Louis Armstrong at Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Vol 2 1951 RYM 45 of 1951

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21 Jan 2015

#30 - The King And I - Original Cast

This album is #249 on RIAA Songs of the Century list. When you Google thisthere are several websites but all have the same list showing (348) singles & (17) albums (clearly labeled). Your decision whether to use or not.


12 Dec 2014

#31 - The King And I - Original Cast

This album is also on the RIAA List (#249).

Which RIAA list?


9 Dec 2014

#5 - Guys And Dolls - Orig. Broadway Cast

This data should be combined with #2 in 1950 listing.

Data fixed, thanks


9 Dec 2014

#31 - The King And I - Orig. Broadway Cast

This was elected to the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2000.

Listed under Original Soundtrack