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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 17,000 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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1.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:216 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:4,075
Rank in 1950s3Overall Rank:409
Average Rating:  80/100 (304 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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2.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:1,638
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:909
Average Rating:  78/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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3.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:1,534
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:978
Average Rating:  80/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,118
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,253
Average Rating:  78/100 (83 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,061
Rank in 1950s21Overall Rank:1,306
Average Rating:  80/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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6.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:989
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,377
Average Rating:  78/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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7.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1956Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:973
Rank in 1950s24Overall Rank:1,402
Average Rating:  74/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:730
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,801
Average Rating:  77/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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9.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:637
Rank in 1950s30Overall Rank:2,023
Average Rating:  79/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

Lady Sings the BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:548
Rank in 1950s36Overall Rank:2,253
Average Rating:  76/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 3 4%
Woody Guthrie 3 4%
Ella Fitzgerald 2 3%
Frank Sinatra 2 3%
Julie London 2 3%
Modern Jazz Quartet 2 3%
Duke Ellington 2 3%
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Country Albums %


United States 71 89%
Mixed Nationality 3 4%
United Kingdom 2 3%
Cuba 1 1%
India 1 1%
France 1 1%
Canada 1 1%

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