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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 14,000 greatest album charts.

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

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:3,515
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:408
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2.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:1,515
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:875
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3.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:1,394
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:945
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:982
Rank in 1950s18Overall Rank:1,254
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5.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:803
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,508
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6.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:720
Rank in 1950s24Overall Rank:1,641
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7.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1956Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:708
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,668
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ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:596
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,915
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9.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:564
Rank in 1950s32Overall Rank:1,993
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10.

Bach: The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:429
Rank in 1950s36Overall Rank:2,477
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 69 88%
Mixed Nationality 2 3%
Canada 2 3%
United Kingdom 2 3%
Cuba 1 1%
India 1 1%
France 1 1%

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