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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 16,000 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, Charles Mingus, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Glenn Gould.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:211 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:3,984
Rank in 1950s2Overall Rank:395
Average Rating: 81/100 (296 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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2.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:1,744
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:836
Average Rating: 79/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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3.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:89 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:1,410
Rank in 1950s14Overall Rank:1,009
Average Rating: 80/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:60 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,097
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,239
Average Rating: 78/100 (81 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,055
Rank in 1950s20Overall Rank:1,278
Average Rating: 79/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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6.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1956Appears in:44 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:989
Rank in 1950s21Overall Rank:1,350
Average Rating: 74/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:978
Rank in 1950s23Overall Rank:1,361
Average Rating: 79/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:712
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,794
Average Rating: 77/100 (66 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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9.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:606
Rank in 1950s30Overall Rank:2,026
Average Rating: 79/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

Lady Sings the BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:549
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:2,190
Average Rating: 76/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 3 4%
Woody Guthrie 3 4%
Billie Holiday 3 4%
Elvis Presley 2 2%
Ella Fitzgerald 2 2%
Frank Sinatra 2 2%
Julie London 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 72 88%
Mixed Nationality 3 4%
Canada 2 2%
United Kingdom 2 2%
Cuba 1 1%
India 1 1%
France 1 1%

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