1955 can be looked at as the true beginning of modern music. The first rock’n’roll singles were being released by the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, while pop auteurs like Frank Sinatra and Dinah Washington were crafting career-defining statements of vocal jazz. And the myriad avenues of jazz at this time provided the most fertile ground for blossoming new talent.
This is also the first year that there was a “modern” abundance of good-to-great albums, which is why this year-end list has expanded to now include 20 selections, separated into two pages. For the first half of the countdown (#20-11), click on the top link. For the traditional Top 10, click below.