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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 27,000 greatest album charts.

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

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:323 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,414
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:414
Average Rating:  80/100 (449 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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2.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:174 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,607
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:794
Average Rating:  80/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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3.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:2,587
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:798
Average Rating:  80/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,665
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,188
Average Rating:  80/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:122 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,376
Rank in 1950s23Overall Rank:1,385
Average Rating:  80/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,217
Rank in 1950s25Overall Rank:1,535
Average Rating:  78/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song BookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,216
Rank in 1950s26Overall Rank:1,536
Average Rating:  79/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,040
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,744
Average Rating:  78/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:942
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,899
Average Rating:  80/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

J.S. Bach: The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:60 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:695
Rank in 1950s43Overall Rank:2,425
Average Rating:  79/100 (63 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 4 3%
Various Artists 3 2%
The Original Broadway Cast 3 2%
Art Tatum 3 2%
Billie Holiday 3 2%
Elvis Presley 2 1%
Thad Jones 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 138 87%
Mixed Nationality 6 4%
United Kingdom 4 3%
France 3 2%
Canada 2 1%
Cuba 1 1%
Germany 1 1%
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