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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 36,000 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:403 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:6,185
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:427
Average Rating:  80/100 (564 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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2.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:255 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,507
Rank in 1950s10Overall Rank:712
Average Rating:  81/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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3.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:206 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:3,006
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:829
Average Rating:  79/100 (255 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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4.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,913
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,230
Average Rating:  79/100 (166 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,766
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,302
Average Rating:  80/100 (176 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:119 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,375
Rank in 1950s27Overall Rank:1,627
Average Rating:  77/100 (108 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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7.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,290
Rank in 1950s31Overall Rank:1,718
Average Rating:  77/100 (111 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

ElvisUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1956Appears in:142 charts
Rank in 1956:8Rank Score:1,231
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,774
Average Rating:  78/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

Ellington At NewportUnited States Duke Ellington
Year of Release:1956Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:1,171
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,856
Average Rating:  80/100 (130 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

The Goldberg VariationsCanada Glenn Gould
Year of Release:1956Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1956:10Rank Score:855
Rank in 1950s40Overall Rank:2,389
Average Rating:  79/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Sonny Rollins 5 2%
Various Artists 4 2%
Ted Heath 3 1%
Ted Heath And His Music 3 1%
The Original Broadway Cast 3 1%
Charles Mingus 3 1%
Art Tatum 3 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 161 75%
United Kingdom 16 7%
Mixed Nationality 13 6%
Brazil 9 4%
France 5 2%
Canada 2 1%
Japan 2 1%
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