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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 25,000 greatest album charts.

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

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:305 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,251
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:406
Average Rating:  80/100 (428 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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2.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,565
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:778
Average Rating:  80/100 (204 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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3.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:2,483
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:797
Average Rating:  80/100 (188 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:115 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,592
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,181
Average Rating:  80/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:115 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,387
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,320
Average Rating:  79/100 (123 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song BookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,169
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,527
Average Rating:  78/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,110
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,588
Average Rating:  77/100 (91 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,002
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,733
Average Rating:  77/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:111 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:960
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,800
Average Rating:  79/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

J.S. Bach: The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:678
Rank in 1950s41Overall Rank:2,365
Average Rating:  78/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 4 3%
Art Tatum 3 2%
Various Artists 3 2%
The Original Broadway Cast 3 2%
Modern Jazz Quartet 2 1%
Moondog 2 1%
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 122 87%
Mixed Nationality 6 4%
United Kingdom 3 2%
France 3 2%
Canada 2 1%
Russia 1 1%
Cuba 1 1%
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