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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:406 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:6,287
Rank in 1950s5Overall Rank:419
Average Rating:  80/100 (569 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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2.

Saxophone ColossusUnited States Sonny Rollins
Year of Release:1956Appears in:257 charts
Rank in 1956:2Rank Score:3,620
Rank in 1950s9Overall Rank:695
Average Rating:  81/100 (263 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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3.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:3,003
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:833
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:153 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:1,988
Rank in 1950s20Overall Rank:1,210
Average Rating:  79/100 (167 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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5.

Pithecanthropus ErectusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1956Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1956:5Rank Score:1,776
Rank in 1950s22Overall Rank:1,305
Average Rating:  80/100 (177 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:120 charts
Rank in 1956:6Rank Score:1,387
Rank in 1950s28Overall Rank:1,628
Average Rating:  77/100 (109 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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7.

Lady Sings The BluesUnited States Billie Holiday
Year of Release:1956Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1956:7Rank Score:1,311
Rank in 1950s29Overall Rank:1,711
Average Rating:  77/100 (113 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:1,228
Rank in 1950s33Overall Rank:1,800
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:152 charts
Rank in 1956:9Rank Score:1,173
Rank in 1950s34Overall Rank:1,875
Average Rating:  80/100 (131 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:868
Rank in 1950s40Overall Rank:2,383
Average Rating:  80/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of 1956 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 3%
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 169 73%
United Kingdom 17 7%
Mixed Nationality 15 6%
Brazil 14 6%
France 5 2%
Japan 2 1%
Cuba 2 1%
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