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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 23,000 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, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, 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:285 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,924
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:404
Average Rating:  80/100 (401 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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2.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:142 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,194
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:833
Average Rating:  80/100 (185 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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3.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:2,126
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:857
Average Rating:  79/100 (166 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,456
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,204
Average Rating:  79/100 (108 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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5.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1956Appears in:75 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,275
Rank in 1950s21Overall Rank:1,343
Average Rating:  77/100 (81 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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6.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,202
Rank in 1950s23Overall Rank:1,409
Average Rating:  79/100 (102 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,086
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,531
Average Rating:  79/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Lady Sings the BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:911
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,782
Average Rating:  77/100 (76 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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9.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:89 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:910
Rank in 1950s32Overall Rank:1,783
Average Rating:  78/100 (91 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:93 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:804
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,957
Average Rating:  79/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 4 3%
Duke Ellington 2 2%
Jo Stafford 2 2%
The Original Broadway Cast 2 2%
Herbie Nichols 2 2%
Modern Jazz Quartet 2 2%
Moondog 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 112 88%
Mixed Nationality 5 4%
France 3 2%
United Kingdom 3 2%
Canada 2 2%
India 1 1%
Russia 1 1%
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