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.
Newly added names are in Red
Edited By: Bruce
Last Updated: 2014-12-03
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. Nappy Brown Sings - Nappy Brown 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. Big Maybelle Sings - 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. Let's Take 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