Top Albums of 1956





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
119
Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Rock & Roll
2
325
Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers! Standards, Vocal Jazz
3
573
Duke Ellington Ellington at Newport Big Band
4
659
Elvis Presley Elvis Rock & Roll
5
737
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz
6
929
Johnny Burnette Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n Roll Trio Rockabilly
7
981
Erroll Garner Concert by the Sea Jazz
8
1091
Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus Post-Bop
9
1165
Lennie Tristano Lennie Tristano Cool Jazz
10
1299
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Ella and Louis Vocal Jazz
11
1458
The Modern Jazz Quartet Fontessa Cool Jazz
12
1532
Big Joe Turner The Boss of the Blues Rhythm & Blues
13
1564
Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues Vocal Jazz
14
1624
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz
15
1668
The Modern Jazz Quartet Django Cool Jazz, Third Stream
16
1815
Harry Belafonte Calypso Calypso
17
1920
George Russell The Jazz Workshop Jazz
18
2063
Fats Domino Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino Rock & Roll
19
2135
Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness Hard Bop
20
2189
Louis Prima The Wildest! Big Band, Swing, Traditional Pop
21
2334
The Louvin Brothers Tragic Songs of Life Close Harmony
22
2353
The Weavers The Weavers at Carnegie Hall Contemporary Folk
23
2376
The Original Broadway Cast My Fair Lady Show Tunes

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