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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 37,000 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 The Quintet.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:410 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:6,287
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:424
Average Rating:  80/100 (581 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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2.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:266 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,661
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:692
Average Rating:  81/100 (270 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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3.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:216 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:3,069
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:822
Average Rating:  79/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:2,021
Rank in 1950s20Overall Rank:1,200
Average Rating:  79/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,794
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,302
Average Rating:  80/100 (183 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song BookUnited States Ella Fitzgerald
Year of Release:1956Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,406
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,625
Average Rating:  78/100 (112 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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7.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,324
Rank in 1950s30Overall Rank:1,713
Average Rating:  77/100 (116 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,242
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,789
Average Rating:  78/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:1,202
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,843
Average Rating:  80/100 (135 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:867
Rank in 1950s40Overall Rank:2,399
Average Rating:  80/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 2%
Sonny Rollins 5 2%
Billie Holiday 3 1%
Ted Heath 3 1%
Ted Heath And His Music 3 1%
The Original Broadway Cast 3 1%
Charles Mingus 3 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 165 72%
United Kingdom 17 7%
Brazil 16 7%
Mixed Nationality 14 6%
France 5 2%
Cuba 2 1%
Chile 2 1%
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