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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 24,000 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, 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:296 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,026
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:411
Average Rating:  80/100 (415 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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2.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,393
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:803
Average Rating:  80/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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3.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:2,265
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:845
Average Rating:  80/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,614
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,156
Average Rating:  79/100 (115 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,345
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,339
Average Rating:  79/100 (116 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:90 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,128
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,542
Average Rating:  79/100 (79 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,066
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,609
Average Rating:  77/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:945
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,783
Average Rating:  78/100 (98 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:896
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,853
Average Rating:  79/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

J.S. Bach: The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:745
Rank in 1950s36Overall Rank:2,172
Average Rating:  77/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 4 3%
Various Artists 3 2%
The Original Broadway Cast 3 2%
Art Tatum 3 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 2 2%
Kitty Wells 2 2%
Clifford Brown 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 114 86%
Mixed Nationality 6 5%
United Kingdom 3 2%
France 3 2%
Canada 2 2%
Russia 1 1%
Cuba 1 1%
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