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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 23,000 greatest album charts.

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

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,076
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:397
Average Rating:  80/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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2.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,304
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:809
Average Rating:  80/100 (188 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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3.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:2,165
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:856
Average Rating:  79/100 (168 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,511
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,188
Average Rating:  80/100 (111 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1956Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,314
Rank in 1950s21Overall Rank:1,325
Average Rating:  78/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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6.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,215
Rank in 1950s24Overall Rank:1,409
Average Rating:  79/100 (107 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:84 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,098
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,533
Average Rating:  79/100 (73 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:89 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:992
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,673
Average Rating:  77/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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9.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:936
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,757
Average Rating:  78/100 (95 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:822
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,949
Average Rating:  79/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 4 3%
Various Artists 3 2%
Kitty Wells 2 2%
Billie Holiday 2 2%
Ferrante & Teicher 2 2%
Elvis Presley 2 2%
Woody Guthrie 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 112 87%
Mixed Nationality 6 5%
France 3 2%
United Kingdom 3 2%
Canada 2 2%
Cuba 1 1%
India 1 1%
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