Best Albums of 1956

Listed below are the best albums of 1956 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 greatest album charts.

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1956 year summaryThe best artists of 1956 were Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington And His Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Domino and Glenn Gould.
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1956
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5,134
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1,877
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1,589
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1,355
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1,346
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1,244
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1,131
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830
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Total albums: 314. Page 1 of 32

Best Albums of 1956 composition

Country Albums %


United States 221 70%
United Kingdom 22 7%
Mixed Nationality 18 6%
Brazil 16 5%
France 9 3%
Germany 4 1%
Canada 4 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 301 96%
Yes 13 4%
Live? Albums %
No 303 96%
Yes 11 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 308 98%
Yes 6 2%
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