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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, Chet Baker, 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:293 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,102
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:401
Average Rating:  80/100 (410 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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2.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,352
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:807
Average Rating:  80/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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3.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:2,195
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:850
Average Rating:  79/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,597
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,145
Average Rating:  79/100 (113 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,322
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,331
Average Rating:  79/100 (109 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1956Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,315
Rank in 1950s23Overall Rank:1,338
Average Rating:  78/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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7.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,122
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,529
Average Rating:  79/100 (76 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,027
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,643
Average Rating:  77/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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9.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:937
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,781
Average Rating:  78/100 (96 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:886
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,861
Average Rating:  79/100 (83 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 4 3%
Various Artists 3 2%
Art Tatum 3 2%
Clifford Brown 2 2%
Billie Holiday 2 2%
Kitty Wells 2 2%
Ferrante & Teicher 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 115 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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