Albums from the Year 1953

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This page lists the top albums of 1953 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 1953 can be found here.

The top ten album artists of 1953 were:

1:Jackie Gleason2:The Quintet3:Tom Lehrer4:Peggy Lee5:Mantovani
6:Arthur Godfrey7:Duke Ellington8:Lennie Tristano9:Bud Powell10:Gerry Mulligan
# Artist Album Title Year Chart Entries
1 Jackie Gleason Music for Lovers Only 1953 US num 1 for 36 weeks - May 1953, US BB 4 of 1955, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1962), RYM 32 of 1953
2 The Quintet Jazz at Massey Hall 1953 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1995 (1953), BEA 4 of 1953, Acclaimed 514 (1953), RYM 3 of 1956
3 Tom Lehrer Songs By Tom Lehrer 1953 Library of Congress artifact added 2004 (1953), UK 7 - Nov 1958 (19 weeks), RYM 7 of 1953
4 Peggy Lee Black Coffee 1953 BEA 5 of 1953, UK 20 - Oct 1961 (1 week), RYM 2 of 1953
5 Arthur Godfrey Christmas with Arthur Godfrey 1953 US num 1 for 4 weeks - Dec 1953
6 Mantovani The Music of Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg 1953 US num 1 for 1 week - Jun 1953
7 Duke Ellington Ellington Uptown 1953 BEA 7 of 1953, Acclaimed 2442 (1953), RYM 4 of 1953
8 Lennie Tristano Descent into the Maelstrom 1953 BEA 2 of 1953, RYM 177 of 1978
9 Jackie Gleason Music to Make You Misty 1953 US BB 19 of 1956, RYM 74 of 1953
10 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Trio 1953 Acclaimed 2911 (1954), RYM 1 of 1953
11 Count Basie Li'l Ol' Groovemaker....BASIE! 1953 Billboard 123 - Sep 1963 (4 weeks), RYM 64 of 1953
12 J J Johnson The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson 1953 Acclaimed 2084 (1953), RYM 6 of 1953
13 Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol 2 1953 Acclaimed 2905 (1953), RYM 10 of 1954
14 Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan Quartet 1953 Acclaimed 2718 (1953), RYM 69 of 1953
15 Shelly Manne The West Coast Sound 1953 Acclaimed 2536 (1953), RYM 86 of 1955
16 Leadbelly Last Session 1953 BEA 6 of 1953
17 Giacomo Puccini Tosca 1953 RYM 3 of 1953
18 Georges Brassens Vol 1 - Georges Brassens chante les chansons poetiques 1953 RYM 8 of 1953
19 Yma Sumac Inca Taqui 1953 RYM 10 of 1953
20 Lee Konitz Konitz Meets Mulligan 1953 RYM 11 of 1953
21 Bud Powell Jazz at Massey Hall, Vol 2 1953 RYM 12 of 1953
22 Richard Strauss Four Last Songs; Orchestral Songs; Also sprach Zarathustra 1953 RYM 13 of 1953
23 Nat King Cole Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love 1953 RYM 14 of 1953
24 Various Artists Kismet 1953 RYM 15 of 1953
25 Nat King Cole Ballads of the Day 1953 RYM 16 of 1953
26 Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No 10 1953 RYM 17 of 1953
27 Moondog Moondog & His Friends 1953 RYM 18 of 1953
28 Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Concerto (Menuhin, Furtwangler) 1953 RYM 19 of 1953
29 Hank Williams Honky-Tonkin' 1953 RYM 20 of 1953
30 Eartha Kitt RCA Victor Presents Eartha Kitt 1953 RYM 21 of 1953
31 Olivier Messiaen Catalogue d'Oiseaux 1953 RYM 22 of 1953
32 Oscar Peterson Plays Duke Ellington 1953 RYM 23 of 1953
33 Miklos Rozsa Julius Caesar 1953 RYM 24 of 1953
34 Dave Brubeck Jazz at Oberlin 1953 RYM 25 of 1953
35 Karlheinz Stockhausen Kontra-Punkte 1953 RYM 26 of 1953
36 Ogden Nash Reads Ogden Nash 1953 RYM 27 of 1953
37 Kenny Drew New Faces - New Sounds 1953 RYM 28 of 1953
38 Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam 1953 RYM 29 of 1953
39 Marilyn Monroe Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 RYM 30 of 1953
40 Charles Aznavour Charles Aznavour chante... (Jezebel) 1953 RYM 31 of 1953
41 Anna Russell Anna Russell Sings! Again? 1953 RYM 34 of 1953
42 Hank Williams Memorial Album 1953 RYM 35 of 1953
43 Edith Piaf Le bel indifferent 1953 RYM 36 of 1953
44 Hank Jones Urbanity 1953 RYM 37 of 1953
45 Paul Bley Introducing Paul Bley 1953 RYM 38 of 1953
46 Wynton Kelly New Faces - New Sounds 1953 RYM 39 of 1953
47 Barney Kessel Easy Like, Vol 1 1953 RYM 40 of 1953
48 Horace Silver New Faces - New Sounds 1953 RYM 41 of 1953
49 Yves Montand Recital au Theatre de l'Etoile 1953 RYM 42 of 1953
50 Laurindo Almeida & Bud Shank Brazilliance, Vol 1 1953 RYM 44 of 1953

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4 May 2015

Double Listing - JJ Johnson

Per both Wikipedia and Acclaimed Music, #14 (The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson) & #17 (JJ Johnson With Clifford Brown) are the same.

Data fixed, thanks


16 Apr 2015

#5 - Dixie Hummingbirds

Let's Go Out To the Programs is actually a (3) minute single rather than analbum (per National Recording Registry (Library of Congress) and You Tube video. It should be transferred to the Songs list.

Data fixed, thanks


12 Feb 2015

2nd Request - Richard Wagner

#17 - Tristan und Isolde was selected for Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988. Google Grammy Hall of Fame. It is listed under "W" for Wagner.

No Grammy Hall of Fame classical albums have been added because of the confusion between composer and performer


12 Feb 2015

2nd Request - Giacomo Puccini

#16 - Tosca was selected for Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987. Google Grammy Hall of Fame. It is listed under "P" for Puccini.

No Grammy Hall of Fame classical albums have been added because of the confusion between composer and performer


12 Feb 2015

2nd Request - Giacomo Puccini

#16 - Tosca was selected for Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987. Google Grammy Hall of Fame. It is listed under "P" for Puccini.

No Grammy Hall of Fame classical albums have been added because of the confusion between composer and performer


20 Jan 2015

#19 - Richard Wagner - Tristan Und Isolde

This album was selected for Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988. It's listed underWagner: Tristan Und Isolde and was performed by Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Wilhelm Furtwangler conducting.


20 Jan 2015

Triple Listing - Jazz At Massey Hall

#3 & #9 & #15 are all the same. This album is known variously as Jazz AtMassey Hall/The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever (per Wikipedia). The Quintet consists of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach & Charles Mingus.

Data fixed, thanks


20 Jan 2015

#18 - Giacomo Puccini - Tosca

This album was selected for Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987. It's listed underPuccini : Tosca and was performed by Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro Alla Scala , Milan , Conductor Victor DeSabata with Maria Callas.


9 Sep 2010

song

SONG: "JOHNNY IS THE GUY FOR ME" 1953 I married a guy named Johnny, I remember sanging this song. my husband died 3 years ago I would love to find this song. Please help!

The song "Johnny (Is the Boy for Me)" was indeed a hit for Les Paul & Mary Ford in 1953 (notice the word "boy" rather than "guy"). It is listed as number 64 on this page (on data version 1.9.0073).

Since you are in the US you can download it from iTunes or Amazon. On Amazon search for the album "Isle of Golden Dreams - Capitol Years (1952 - 1954)".