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Best Albums of 1956

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1956 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 18,000 greatest album charts.

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1956 year summaryThe best artists of 1956 were Elvis Presley, Sonny Rollins, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Chet Baker, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Glenn Gould.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,198
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:403
Average Rating:  80/100 (312 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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2.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:1,652
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:931
Average Rating:  80/100 (143 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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3.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:1,647
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:938
Average Rating:  78/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,133
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,270
Average Rating:  79/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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5.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,034
Rank in 1950s21Overall Rank:1,356
Average Rating:  78/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,006
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,397
Average Rating:  80/100 (76 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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7.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1956Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:990
Rank in 1950s24Overall Rank:1,415
Average Rating:  75/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:69 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:728
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,834
Average Rating:  77/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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9.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:640
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:2,037
Average Rating:  79/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

Lady Sings the BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:541
Rank in 1950s38Overall Rank:2,332
Average Rating:  76/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 3 4%
Woody Guthrie 3 4%
Julie London 2 2%
Modern Jazz Quartet 2 2%
Duke Ellington 2 2%
Billie Holiday 2 2%
Moondog 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 74 89%
Mixed Nationality 3 4%
United Kingdom 2 2%
France 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Cuba 1 1%
India 1 1%

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