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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 17,000 greatest album charts.

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

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,134
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:401
Average Rating:  80/100 (306 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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2.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:1,657
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:897
Average Rating:  78/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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3.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:1,561
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:958
Average Rating:  80/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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4.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:75 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,128
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,246
Average Rating:  80/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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5.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,117
Rank in 1950s20Overall Rank:1,256
Average Rating:  78/100 (83 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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6.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,042
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,317
Average Rating:  78/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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7.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1956Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:975
Rank in 1950s24Overall Rank:1,402
Average Rating:  74/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:731
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,784
Average Rating:  77/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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9.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:636
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:2,007
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:48 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:534
Rank in 1950s38Overall Rank:2,313
Average Rating:  76/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 3 4%
Woody Guthrie 3 4%
Elvis Presley 2 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 2 2%
Frank Sinatra 2 2%
Julie London 2 2%
Modern Jazz Quartet 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 75 89%
Mixed Nationality 3 4%
United Kingdom 2 2%
Cuba 1 1%
India 1 1%
France 1 1%
Canada 1 1%

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