List of best-selling albums of the 1950s in the United Kingdom

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Frank Sinatra had the fourth best-selling album of the 1950s with Songs for Swingin' Lovers!

An album is defined by the Official Charts Company (OCC) as being a type of music release that features more than four tracks and lasts longer than 25 minutes;[1] from July 1956, sales of albums in the United Kingdom were monitored by music magazine Record Mirror. From November 1958, album sales were also compiled by music magazine Melody Maker.[2] The biggest-selling album of the 1950s was the original soundtrack to the movie South Pacific.


Best-selling albums of the 1950s in the UK
Position[citation needed] Album Artist Record label[a] Year[a] Peak on the
UK Albums Chart[a]
1 South Pacific Original soundtrack RCA Victor 1958 1
2 My Fair Lady Original Broadway cast Philips 1958 1
3 Oklahoma! Original soundtrack Capitol 1956 1
4 Songs for Swingin' Lovers! Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra Capitol 1956 1
5 West Side Story Original Broadway cast Columbia 1957 3
6 Showcase Donegan, LonnieLonnie Donegan Pye Nixa 1956 2
7 Come Dance with Me! Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra Capitol 1959 2
8 Elvis' Golden Records Presley, ElvisElvis Presley Parlophone 1958 2
9 My Fair Lady Original London cast 1959
10 King and I, TheThe King and I Original soundtrack Capitol 1956 1
  1. ^ a b c The record labels, years and chart peaks are those given by the OCC.[3]


General (chart positions)
  1. ^ "Rules For Chart Eligibility – Albums" (PDF). London: The Official UK Charts Company. January 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 June 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Warwick, Neil; Kutner, Jon; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums (3rd ed.). London: Omnibus Press. p. viii. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. 
  3. ^ "Artist Chart History". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2011.