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, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington And His Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Domino and Glenn Gould.
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1956
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5,111
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1,872
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1,602
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1,357
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1,340
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1,256
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1,120
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823
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Total albums: 319. Page 1 of 32

Best Albums of 1956 composition

Country Albums %


United States 226 71%
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 306 96%
Yes 13 4%
Live? Albums %
No 308 97%
Yes 11 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 313 98%
Yes 6 2%
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