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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 26,000 greatest album charts.

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

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:312 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,424
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:398
Average Rating:  80/100 (436 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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2.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,587
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:788
Average Rating:  80/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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3.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:2,554
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:792
Average Rating:  80/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 14 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:1,591
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,202
Average Rating:  80/100 (125 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,391
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,342
Average Rating:  79/100 (133 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:1,168
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,552
Average Rating:  79/100 (83 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,150
Rank in 1950s26Overall Rank:1,573
Average Rating:  78/100 (92 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,017
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,742
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:114 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:949
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,846
Average Rating:  79/100 (96 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:697
Rank in 1950s42Overall Rank:2,352
Average Rating:  78/100 (62 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 1%
Clifford Brown 2 1%
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 128 86%
Mixed Nationality 6 4%
United Kingdom 4 3%
France 3 2%
Canada 2 1%
Russia 1 1%
Cuba 1 1%
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