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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:292 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,083
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:399
Average Rating:  80/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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2.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,341
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:804
Average Rating:  80/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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3.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:2,190
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:841
Average Rating:  79/100 (171 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:1,594
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,137
Average Rating:  79/100 (113 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Chet Baker SingsUnited States Chet Baker
Year of Release:1956Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,315
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,330
Average Rating:  78/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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6.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,300
Rank in 1950s23Overall Rank:1,341
Average Rating:  79/100 (109 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter SongbookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,099
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,529
Average Rating:  79/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,008
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,652
Average Rating:  77/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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9.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:937
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,765
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:887
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,848
Average Rating:  79/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 112 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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