Top Albums of 1956

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 114 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Rock & Roll
2 324 Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers! Standards, Vocal Jazz
3 545 Duke Ellington Ellington at Newport Big Band
4 619 Elvis Presley Elvis Rock & Roll
5 718 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz
6 858 Johnny Burnette Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n Roll Trio Rockabilly
7 1066 Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea Jazz
8 1114 Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus Post-Bop
9 1445 Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Ella and Louis Vocal Jazz
10 1471 Lennie Tristano Lennie Tristano Cool Jazz
11 1492 Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues Vocal Jazz     
12 1547 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz
13 1592 Big Joe Turner The Boss of the Blues Rhythm & Blues
14 1599 The Modern Jazz Quartet Fontessa Cool Jazz
15 1793 Fats Domino Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino Rock & Roll
16 1904 George Russell The Jazz Workshop Jazz
17 1920 Louis Prima The Wildest! Big Band, Swing, Traditional Pop
18 1934 The Modern Jazz Quartet Django Cool Jazz, Third Stream
19 2005 Harry Belafonte Calypso Calypso
20 2006 Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness Hard Bop
21 2298 The Weavers The Weavers at Carnegie Hall Contemporary Folk
22 2550 The Original Broadway Cast My Fair Lady Show Tunes
23 2852 Fats Domino This Is Fats Domino! Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
The Louvin Brothers Tragic Songs of Life Close Harmony
Art Blakey The Jazz Messengers Hard Bop
Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Stitt For Musicians Only Bebop
Clifford Brown & Max Roach At Basin Street Hard Bop
Serge Chaloff Blue Serge Jazz
Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie Jazz
Sarah Vaughan In the Land of Hi-Fi Big Band, Vocal Jazz
Hampton Hawes This Is Hampton Hawes: Vol. 2, The Trio Hard Bop
Lester Young The Jazz Giants Cool Jazz
Cecil Taylor Jazz Advance Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop
Max Roach Max Roach + 4 Hard Bop
Kenny Dorham Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia Hard Bop
Sonny Rollins Plus 4 Hard Bop
Ravi Shankar Music of India: Three Classical R?gas/Three Ragas Hindustani Classical Music     
Johnny Smith Moonlight in Vermont Cool Jazz
Oscar Peterson At the Stratford Shakespearian Festival Jazz
Stan Kenton Cuban Fire! Afro-Cuban Jazz, Big Band
The Original Motion Picture Cast The Wizard of Oz Film Soundtrack
June Christy The Misty Miss Christy Standards, Vocal Jazz
Tito Puente Cuban Carnival Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mambo
Stan Kenton Kenton in Hi-Fi Big Band
Sonny Rollins Work Time Hard Bop
Dinah Washington In the Land of Hi-Fi Standards, Vocal Jazz