Albums from the Year 1959

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This page lists the top albums of 1959 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 1959 can be found here.

The top ten album artists of 1959 were:

1:Miles Davis2:Dave Brubeck3:The Kingston Trio4:Johnny Mathis5:Frank Sinatra
6:Charles Mingus7:Harry Belafonte8:John Coltrane9:Ornette Coleman10:Ray Charles
# Artist Album Title Year Chart Entries
1 Miles Davis Kind of Blue 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2002 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1992 (1959), BEA 1 of 1959, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 2002), US (Sup) 4 x Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 2008), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Jan 2000), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Apr 1998), Rolling Stone 12, Virgin 14, WXPN 14 (1959), WTMD 21, PopVortex 28 (1959), Guiness 28, NARM 34, Defin200 34 (1959), Acclaimed 37 (1959), Norway 40 - Jan 2003 (1 week), DMDB 46, RS Reader's 61, UK 70 - Mar 2001 (3 weeks), US Longest Running Album 74 1959 (167 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 83 of 2000 (peak 29, 25 weeks), RYM 1 of 1959, WFUV 18, KEXP 49
2 Dave Brubeck Time Out 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2005 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 (1959), BEA 2 of 1959, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1997), France 2 X Gold (certified by SNEP Feb 1994), US CashBox 9 of 1962, UK 11 - Jun 1960 (1 week), US BB 11 of 1961, Billboard 68 - Aug 1963 (31 weeks), US Longest Running Album 77 1959 (164 weeks), Defin200 150 (1959), WXPN 203 (1959), WTMD 309, Acclaimed 324 (1959), RYM 6 of 1959, WFUV 64
3 Harry Belafonte Belafonte At Carnegie Hall 1959 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1959), Grammy in 1959 (Nominated), US CashBox 3 of 1960, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 1961), US BB 20 of 1960, US Longest Running Album 73 1959 (168 weeks), Acclaimed 1480 (1959), RYM 13 of 1959
4 Frank Sinatra Come Dance With Me! 1959 Grammy in 1959, UK 2 - May 1959 (30 weeks), US BB 4 of 1959, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1961), US CashBox 34 of 1960, Acclaimed 1328 (1959), RYM 28 of 1959
5 John Coltrane Giant Steps 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2004 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1960), BEA 5 of 1959, Rolling Stone 102, Acclaimed 305 (1959), WXPN 465 (1960), RYM 1 of 1960
6 Johnny Mathis Heavenly 1959 US num 1 for 5 weeks - Nov 1959, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1986), US BB 3 of 1959, US CashBox 4 of 1959, US Longest Running Album 6 1959 (295 weeks), Billboard 76 - Aug 1963 (29 weeks)
7 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2003 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1959), BEA 3 of 1959, Acclaimed 384 (1959), WXPN 793 (1959), RYM 2 of 1959
8 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2012 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015 (1959), BEA 4 of 1959, Rolling Stone 246, Acclaimed 315 (1959), RYM 3 of 1959
9 Original Cast Flower Drum Song 1959 US num 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1959, UK 2 - Apr 1960 (26 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Feb 1962), US BB 6 of 1959, US CashBox 19 of 1962
10 Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles 1959 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1997 (1960), BEA 9 of 1959, US CashBox 37 of 1959, Guiness 87, Rolling Stone 263, Acclaimed 696 (1959), RYM 15 of 1959
11 Original Soundtrack Porgy & Bess 1959 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1976 (1951), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 1963), UK 7 - Oct 1959 (12 weeks), US BB 13 of 1959, US CashBox 28 of 1960, RYM 83 of 1959
12 The Kingston Trio Here We Go Again! 1959 US num 1 for 5 weeks - Dec 1959, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 1960), US 5 of 1960, US CashBox 7 of 1959, US BB 9 of 1959, RYM 156 of 1959
13 The Kingston Trio Kingston Trio At Large 1959 US num 1 for 15 weeks - Jul 1959, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Apr 1960), US 5 of 1959, US BB 7 of 1959, Acclaimed 2310 (1959), RYM 140 of 1959
14 Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs 1959 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1986), BEA 7 of 1959, UK 20 - Aug 1960 (1 week), US CashBox 23 of 1959, US BB 23 of 1960, Acclaimed 1625 (1959), RYM 5 of 1959
15 Buddy Holly The Buddy Holly Story 1959 UK 2 - May 1959 (155 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 1969), US BB 28 of 1959, US Longest Running Album 50 1959 (181 weeks), Billboard 67 - Aug 1963 (29 weeks)
16 Original Cast Gypsy 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2009 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1959), Billboard 175 - Sep 2003 (1 week)
17 Joao Gilberto Chega de Saudade 1959 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1958), Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1959), RYM 10 of 1959
18 The Kingston Trio ...from the 'Hungry i' 1959 US 4 of 1959, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 1960), US Longest Running Album 56 1959 (178 weeks), Billboard 114 - Aug 1963 (5 weeks), RYM 108 of 1959
19 Elvis Presley Elvis' Golden Records, Volume 2 1959 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1992), UK 4 - Jun 1960 (24 weeks), US CashBox 40 of 1959
20 Martin Denny Exotica 1959 US num 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 1959, US BB 10 of 1959, RYM 38 of 1956
21 John Fahey Blind Joe Death 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2010 (1959), Acclaimed 2776 (1959), RYM 16 of 1959
22 Cannonball Adderley In San Francisco 1959 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1959), Acclaimed 2742 (1959), RYM 25 of 1959
23 Babatunde Olatunji Drums of Passion 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2004 (1960), Acclaimed 2047 (1959), RYM 76 of 1959
24 Various Artists 60 Years Of Music America Loves Best 1959 US BB 4 of 1960, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Feb 1960), US CashBox 5 of 1959
25 The Platters Encore Of Golden Hits 1959 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 1961), US CashBox 6 of 1959, US BB 10 of 1960
26 Bobby Darin That's All 1959 UK 15 - Apr 1960 (1 week), US CashBox 16 of 1959, US BB 26 of 1960, RYM 175 of 1959
27 Johnny Mathis Faithfully 1959 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 1962), US BB 9 of 1960, US CashBox 12 of 1959
28 Howlin' Wolf Moanin' in the Moonlight 1959 BEA 6 of 1959, Rolling Stone 153, Acclaimed 551 (1959), RYM 12 of 1959
29 Billy Vaughn Blue Hawaii 1959 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Feb 1962), US BB 21 of 1959, US CashBox 45 of 1960
30 Johnny Mathis More Johnny's Greatest Hits 1959 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jan 1962), US BB 24 of 1959, US CashBox 46 of 1960
31 Mitch Miller Sentimental Sing Along With Mitch 1959 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Mar 1962), US CashBox 26 of 1959, US BB 41 of 1960
32 Frank Sinatra No One Cares 1959 US BB 18 of 1959, US CashBox 37 of 1960, Acclaimed 2658 (1959), RYM 30 of 1959
33 Charles Mingus Mingus Dynasty 1959 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1959), RYM 20 of 1960
34 Robert Russell Bennett Victory At Sea, Volume I 1959 Grammy in 1959 (Nominated), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Aug 1964)
35 Ray Conniff Christmas With Conniff 1959 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 2004), US BB 53 of 1960, RYM 136 of 1959
36 Johnny Mathis Open Fire, Two Guitars 1959 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 1962), US BB 8 of 1959, RYM 151 of 1959
37 Elvis Presley A Date With Elvis 1959 UK 4 - Aug 1959 (15 weeks), Acclaimed 1548 (1959), RYM 56 of 1959
38 Elizabeth Cotten 'Freight Train' and Other Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2007 (1959)
39 Leontyne Price A Program of Song 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2012 (1959)
40 Henry Mancini More Music From Peter Gunn 1959 Grammy in 1959 (Nominated), US BB 23 of 1959
41 Tennessee Ernie Ford Star Carol 1959 US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1992), US BB 27 of 1959
42 Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster 1959 UK 15 - Sep 1960 (1 week), Acclaimed 2198 (1959), RYM 69 of 1959
43 Chuck Berry Chuck ..Berry Is on Top 1959 BEA 8 of 1959, Acclaimed 1270 (1959), RYM 9 of 1959
44 Sonny Boy Williamson Down & Out Blues 1959 UK 20 - Jun 1964 (1 week), Acclaimed 2000 (1959), RYM 35 of 1959
45 Mitch Miller Still More Sing Alongs With Mitch 1959 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 1960), US BB 14 of 1959
46 Roger Williams Songs Of The Fabulous Fifties, Part 2 1959 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jan 1967), US BB 29 of 1959
47 Ricky Nelson Ricky Sings Again 1959 US BB 33 of 1959, Acclaimed 2467 (1959), RYM 66 of 1959
48 Cliff Richard Cliff Sings 1959 UK 2 - Nov 1959 (36 weeks), RYM 132 of 1959
49 Connie Francis Italian Favorites 1959 US BB 7 of 1960, US CashBox 14 of 1959
50 Shelley Berman The Edge Of Shelley Berman 1959 US BB 12 of 1960, US CashBox 22 of 1959
51 Shelley Berman Outside Shelley Berman 1959 US BB 14 of 1960, US CashBox 27 of 1959
52 Brenda Lee Brenda Lee 1959 US CashBox 15 of 1959, US BB 25 of 1960
53 Paul Anka Paul Anka Sings His Big 15 1959 US CashBox 17 of 1959, US BB 24 of 1960
54 Van Cliburn Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 - Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 1959 Grammy in 1959 (Nominated), RYM 131 of 1960
55 Dave Gardner Kick Thy Own Self 1959 US BB 29 of 1960, US CashBox 31 of 1959
56 Bobby Darin Darin At The Copa 1959 US CashBox 29 of 1959, US BB 31 of 1960
57 Fabian Fabulous Fabian 1959 US BB 28 of 1960, US CashBox 39 of 1959
58 Woody Woodbury Woody Woodbury Looks At Love & Life 1959 US BB 46 of 1960, US CashBox 48 of 1959
59 Cliff Richard Cliff 1959 UK 4 - Apr 1959 (31 weeks), RYM 106 of 1959
60 Percy Faith Bouquet 1959 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 1962), RYM 55 of 1959
61 Jacques Loussier Play Bach No.1 1959 France (InfoDisc) 45 of 1968 (peak 3, 69 weeks), RYM 148 of 1959
62 Santo & Johnny Santo & Johnny 1959 Italy 76 of 1976, RYM 145 of 1959
63 Peggy Lee & George Shearing Beauty & The Beat 1959 UK 16 - Jun 1960 (6 weeks), RYM 73 of 1959
64 Count Basie Chairman Of The Board 1959 UK 17 - Apr 1960 (1 week), RYM 82 of 1959
65 Martin Denny Quiet Village 1959 US BB 15 of 1959, RYM 60 of 1959
66 Russ Conway Time To Celebrate 1959 UK 3 - Dec 1959 (7 weeks)
67 Peter Sellers The Best Of Sellers 1959 UK 3 - Feb 1959 (47 weeks)
68 Russ Conway Family Favourites 1959 UK 3 - Sep 1959 (16 weeks)
69 Peter Sellers Songs For Swinging Sellers 1959 UK 3 - Dec 1959 (34 weeks)
70 John Lee Hooker House Of The Blues 1959 UK 34 - Feb 1967 (2 weeks), RYM 57 of 1959
71 Dean Martin A Winter Romance 1959 UK Silver (certified by BPI in Oct 2004), RYM 90 of 1959
72 Charles Mingus Blues & Roots 1959 Acclaimed 782 (1959), RYM 2 of 1960
73 Miles Davis Workin' With the Miles Davis Quintet 1959 Acclaimed 1773 (1959), RYM 7 of 1959
74 Horace Silver Blowin' the Blues Away 1959 Acclaimed 1974 (1959), RYM 19 of 1959
75 Bill Evans Everybody Digs Bill Evans 1959 Acclaimed 1659 (1959), RYM 26 of 1959
76 Bo Diddley Go Bo Diddley 1959 Acclaimed 1349 (1959), RYM 44 of 1959
77 Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges Side by Side 1959 Acclaimed 1823 (1959), RYM 32 of 1959
78 Dinah Washington What a Diff'rence a Day Makes! 1959 Acclaimed 2363 (1959), RYM 37 of 1959
79 Elvis Presley For LP Fans Only 1959 Acclaimed 2025 (1959), RYM 43 of 1959
80 John Cage Indeterminacy 1959 Acclaimed 2128 (1959), RYM 42 of 1959
81 Art Pepper Art Pepper & Eleven: Modern Jazz Classics 1959 Acclaimed 2468 (1959), RYM 39 of 1959
82 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall 1959 Acclaimed 2031 (1959), RYM 52 of 1959
83 Ben Webster Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson 1959 Acclaimed 2775 (1959), RYM 40 of 1960
84 Gerry Mulligan What Is There To Say? 1959 Acclaimed 1729 (1959), RYM 93 of 1959
85 Duke Ellington Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Acclaimed 2692 (1959), RYM 54 of 1959
86 Esquivel Exploring New Sounds in Hi-Fi 1959 Acclaimed 2513 (1959), RYM 68 of 1959
87 Wynton Kelly Kelly Blue 1959 Acclaimed 3000 (1959), RYM 65 of 1959
88 Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster 1959 Acclaimed 2797 (1959), RYM 97 of 1959
89 Harold Land The Fox 1959 Acclaimed 2661 (1959), RYM 114 of 1959
90 Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley 1959 Acclaimed 2418 (1959), RYM 163 of 1960
91 Memphis Slim At the Gate of Horn 1959 Acclaimed 2552 (1959), RYM 139 of 1959
92 Various Artists Curtain Up 1959 UK 4 - May 1959 (13 weeks)
93 Mantovani Continental Encores 1959 UK 4 - Feb 1959 (12 weeks)
94 Frank Sinatra Look To Your Heart 1959 UK 5 - Aug 1959 (8 weeks)
95 Duane Eddy Especially For You 1959 UK 6 - Oct 1959 (6 weeks)
96 Frankie Vaughan Frankie Vaughan At The London Palladium 1959 UK 6 - Sep 1959 (2 weeks)
97 Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture 1959 US BB 11 of 1959
98 Russ Conway Songs To Sing In Your Bath 1959 UK 8 - May 1959 (10 weeks)
99 The Goons Best Of The Goons Shows 1959 UK 8 - Nov 1959 (14 weeks)
100 Paddy Roberts Strictly For Grown-Ups 1959 UK 8 - Sep 1959 (7 weeks)

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29 Apr 2016

Double Listing - John Fahey-Blind Joe Death

#38 & #78 are the same.

Data fixed, thanks


21 Apr 2016

Library Of Congress (National Recording Registry)

I sent e-mails on these (3) albums over a year ago so I thought I'd try againsince the new 2015 Library of Congress listings just came out last month. 1. Henry Mancini - The Music from Peter Gunn (#3) was selected for Library of Congress in 2010. 2. John Fahey - Blind Joe Death (#77) was selected in 2010. 3. Babatunde Olatunji - Drums Of Passion (#89) was selected in 2004.

All those entries have been added, thanks


19 Oct 2015

#39 - Freight Train & Other Carolina Folk Songs

The Artist here should be Elizabeth Cotten (not Elizabeth I).

Data fixed, thanks


12 Feb 2015

2nd Request - #37 - Gypsy - Original Cast

This Album was selected for Library of Congress in 2009. Google National Recording Registry and click on 2009. Items are chronological and this Album is from 1959.

Library of Congress chart needs redoing, we'll do it as soon as we have time


12 Feb 2015

#94 - Babatunde Olatunji

Drums of Passion was selected for Library of Congress in 2004. Google National Recording Registry. Click on 2004. Recordings are chronological and this Album is listed under 1960.

Library of Congress chart needs redoing, we'll do it as soon as we have time


12 Feb 2015

2nd Request - #82 - John Fahey

John Fahey/Blind Joe Death was selected for Library of Congress in 2010. Google National Recording Registry. Click on 2010. Recordings are chronological and this Album is from 1959.

Library of Congress chart needs redoing, we'll do it as soon as we have time


12 Feb 2015

2nd Request - #3 - Henry Mancini

The Music From Peter Gunn was selected for Library of Congress in 2010. Google National Recording Registry. Click on 2010. Recordings are listed chronologically. This Album is from 1958.

Library of Congress chart needs redoing, we'll do it as soon as we have time


21 Jan 2015

#1 - Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue

This album is #113 on RIAA Songs of the Century list. When you Google this allthe websites show the same list; (348) singles & (17) albums (clearly labeled). Your decision.


20 Jan 2015

#25 - Gypsy

Several items with this album. First this is the Original Cast recording (not Original Soundtrack). Second, this album was selected for Library of Congress (NRR) in 2009. And third, the Chart Entry US CashBox 74 of 1963 should be removed from here since it refers to the Soundtrack album of 1963 (which I don't believe you have listed anywhere). Thanks.

The library of Congress listing we'll add later, the rest we've fixed (and the film soundtrack was also listed under "Gypsy Film" so we fixed that as well)

Thanks


20 Jan 2015

#83-John Fahey-John Fahey/Blind Joe Death+

This album was selected for Library of Congress (NRR) in 2010. Parts of this album were re-recorded and re-released in 1964 & 1967.


20 Jan 2015

#3 - Henry Mancini- Music From Peter Gunn

This album was selected for Library of Congress (NRR) in 2010.


12 Dec 2014

#1 - Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue

This album is also on the RIAA List (#113).

Which RIAA list? The only RIAA list we have is of songs