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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 34,000 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 Louis Prima.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:381 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:6,025
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  80/100 (543 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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2.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:238 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,205
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:759
Average Rating:  81/100 (253 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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3.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:2,820
Rank in 1950s13Overall Rank:858
Average Rating:  79/100 (247 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,857
Rank in 1950s20Overall Rank:1,234
Average Rating:  79/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,729
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,303
Average Rating:  80/100 (166 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:114 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,342
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,634
Average Rating:  78/100 (103 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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7.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,299
Rank in 1950s29Overall Rank:1,677
Average Rating:  77/100 (109 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,176
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,809
Average Rating:  78/100 (125 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:1,150
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,845
Average Rating:  80/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

J.S. Bach: The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:69 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:782
Rank in 1950s43Overall Rank:2,519
Average Rating:  79/100 (75 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 5 3%
Various Artists 3 2%
Art Tatum 3 2%
Billie Holiday 3 2%
Frank Sinatra 2 1%
Kitty Wells 2 1%
Kenny Burrell 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 150 86%
Mixed Nationality 7 4%
France 4 2%
United Kingdom 3 2%
Brazil 2 1%
Canada 2 1%
India 1 1%
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