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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 30,000 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:350 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,661
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:421
Average Rating:  80/100 (490 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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2.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:2,857
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:775
Average Rating:  81/100 (221 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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3.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:2,639
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:832
Average Rating:  79/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,788
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,187
Average Rating:  80/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,609
Rank in 1950s21Overall Rank:1,285
Average Rating:  80/100 (146 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:104 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,243
Rank in 1950s26Overall Rank:1,592
Average Rating:  78/100 (91 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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7.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:117 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,139
Rank in 1950s30Overall Rank:1,715
Average Rating:  78/100 (100 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,079
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,805
Average Rating:  78/100 (113 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:1,026
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,883
Average Rating:  80/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

J.S. Bach: The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:63 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:816
Rank in 1950s38Overall Rank:2,253
Average Rating:  79/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 4 3%
Art Tatum 3 2%
Billie Holiday 3 2%
Various Artists 3 2%
Duke Ellington 2 1%
Jo Stafford 2 1%
Kenny Burrell 2 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 138 87%
Mixed Nationality 6 4%
France 4 3%
United Kingdom 4 3%
Canada 2 1%
India 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
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