Albums from the Year 1956

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This page lists the top albums of 1956 in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described in the site generation page. Before 1960 quality chart information for albums is sparse, the result should therefore be treated with some caution. A list of biggest hit songs of 1956 can be found here.

The top ten album artists of 1956 were:

1:Elvis Presley2:Frederick Loewe3:Harry Belafonte4:Frank Sinatra5:Ella Fitzgerald
6:Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong7:Bill Haley & his Comets8:Thelonious Monk9:Carmen Cavallaro10:Sonny Rollins
# Artist Album Title Year Chart Entries
1 Frederick Loewe My Fair Lady 1956 UK 1 - May 1958 (156 weeks), US CashBox 1 of 1957, US 1 of 1957, US num 1 for 8 weeks - Jul 1956, US BB 1 of 1956, Library of Congress artifact added 2007 (1956), Germany 1 for 96 weeks - Jul 1962, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1977 (1956), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Nov 1987), Acclaimed 2391 (1956), RYM 25 of 1956
2 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley 1956 UK 1 - Nov 1956 (15 weeks), US num 1 for 10 weeks - May 1956, BEA 1 of 1956, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1966), US 5 of 1956, US BB 6 of 1956, Norway 20 - Sep 1977 (1 week), German RS100 26, Guiness 49, Rolling Stone 55, PopVortex 92 (1956), Acclaimed 120 (1956), Defin200 147 (1956), WXPN 470 (1956), WTMD 701, RYM 4 of 1956, KEXP 580
3 Frank Sinatra Songs For Swingin' Lovers 1956 UK 1 - Jul 1956 (35 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1956), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1962), BEA 5 of 1956, US BB 7 of 1956, Guiness 22, Channel4 43, Virgin 100, Acclaimed 210 (1956), Rolling Stone 306, WXPN 406 (1956), WTMD 640, RYM 1 of 1956, WFUV 79
4 Original Soundtrack Oklahoma! 1956 UK 1 - Jul 1956 (167 weeks), US num 1 for 8 weeks - Jan 1956, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1976 (1943), US BB 2 of 1956, US 3 of 1957, US CashBox 5 of 1957, US Longest Running Album 7 1955 (283 weeks), Guiness 81, Billboard 94 - Feb 1964 (9 weeks), RYM 31 of 1955
5 Elvis Presley Elvis 1956 US num 1 for 5 weeks - Dec 1956, US (Sup) 5 x Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 2010), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1992), UK 3 - May 1957 (20 weeks), BEA 8 of 1956, US BB 9 of 1956, D.Marsh 9 of 1968, US CashBox 13 of 1957, Billboard 52 - Jul 1973 (13 weeks), Acclaimed 410 (1956), RYM 9 of 1956
6 Harry Belafonte Calypso 1956 US 1 of 1956, US num 1 for 11 weeks - Sep 1956, US BB 1 of 1957, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015 (1956), US CashBox 4 of 1957, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Mar 1963), BEA 9 of 1956, Acclaimed 1252 (1956), RYM 13 of 1955
7 Original Soundtrack The King & I 1956 UK 1 - Sep 1956 (199 weeks), US num 1 for 1 week - Oct 1956, US 3 of 1956, US BB 3 of 1956, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jan 1964), US CashBox 9 of 1957, US Longest Running Album 10 1956 (277 weeks), RYM 106 of 1956
8 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella & Louis 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016 (1956), BEA 2 of 1956, US BB 38 of 1956, UK 43 - Sep 2004 (1 week), WXPN 759 (1956), WTMD 785, Acclaimed 1370 (1956), RYM 2 of 1956, WFUV 62
9 Original Soundtrack Carousel 1956 UK 1 - Jul 1956 (37 weeks), US num 1 for 5 weeks - Aug 1945, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1992), US BB 8 of 1956
10 Carmen Cavallaro The Eddy Duchin Story 1956 US num 1 for 1 week - Oct 1956, UK 3 - Aug 1956 (4 weeks), US 4 of 1956, US BB 4 of 1956, US CashBox 12 of 1957
11 Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners 1956 Library of Congress artifact added 2003 (1956), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), BEA 3 of 1956, Acclaimed 429 (1957), RYM 2 of 1957
12 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Sings Cole Porter 1956 Library of Congress artifact added 2003 (1956), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1956), BEA 7 of 1956, Acclaimed 617 (1956), RYM 5 of 1956
13 Bill Haley & his Comets Rock Around The Clock 1956 UK 2 - Aug 1956 (23 weeks), BEA 4 of 1955, Australia Goset 14 - Mar 1971 (4 weeks), US BB 23 of 1956, Acclaimed 2042 (1956), RYM 21 of 1956
14 Harry Belafonte Belafonte 1956 US num 1 for 6 weeks - Mar 1956, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Aug 1963), US BB 5 of 1956, RYM 192 of 1955
15 Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), BEA 4 of 1956, Acclaimed 370 (1956), RYM 1 of 1957
16 Louis Prima The Wildest! 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1957), BEA 9 of 1957, Acclaimed 2452 (1956), RYM 80 of 1956
17 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Sings Rodgers & Hart 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), US BB 34 of 1957, Acclaimed 888 (1956), RYM 11 of 1956
18 Duke Ellington Ellington at Newport 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1957), US BB 46 of 1957, Acclaimed 385 (1956), RYM 6 of 1956
19 Erroll Garner Concert By The Sea 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), US BB 40 of 1958, Acclaimed 683 (1955), RYM 18 of 1956
20 Original Soundtrack High Society 1956 UK 1 - Dec 1956 (27 weeks), US BB 11 of 1956, RYM 57 of 1956
21 The Weavers The Weavers At Carnegie Hall 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1957), Acclaimed 1578 (1956), RYM 68 of 1956
22 Gordon Jenkins Manhattan Tower 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1956), US BB 37 of 1956
23 Bill Haley & his Comets Rock 'N' Roll Stage Show 1956 UK 1 - Oct 1956 (8 weeks), RYM 181 of 1956
24 Various Artists Candide 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1956), RYM 111 of 1956
25 Art Blakey Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 1956 BEA 3 of 1953, Acclaimed 1275 (1956), RYM 37 of 1958
26 Louisville Orchestra Variations for Orchestra 1956 Library of Congress artifact added 2005 (1956)
27 Judy Garland The Wizard Of Oz 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006 (1956)
28 Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus 1956 BEA 6 of 1956, Acclaimed 748 (1956), RYM 7 of 1956
29 Four Freshmen 4 Freshmen & 5 Trombones 1956 US BB 10 of 1956, US CashBox 37 of 1957, RYM 38 of 1955
30 Modern Jazz Quartet Django 1956 BEA 10 of 1956, Acclaimed 1352 (1956), RYM 20 of 1956
31 Julie London Julie Is Her Name 1956 US BB 14 of 1956, Acclaimed 2998 (1956), RYM 8 of 1955
32 Original Cast Most Happy Fella 1956 UK 19 - Jul 1960 (1 week), US BB 32 of 1956
33 Lawrence Welk Say It With Music 1956 US BB 12 of 1956, US CashBox 24 of 1957
34 Lonnie Donegan Showcase 1956 UK 2 - Nov 1956 (22 weeks)
35 Mel Torme Mel Torme With The Marty Paich Dek-Tette 1956 UK 3 - Aug 1956 (4 weeks)
36 Mel Torme Mel Torme At The Crescendo 1956 UK 3 - Jul 1956 (4 weeks)
37 Shelly Manne Shelly Manne & his Friends' Modern Jazz Performances of Songs from My Fair Lady 1956 UK 20 - Jun 1960 (1 week), RYM 66 of 1956
38 Edith Piaf Hymne A L'amour 1956 France (InfoDisc) 32 of 1973 (peak 4, 26 weeks), RYM 139 of 1956
39 Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong At The Crescendo 1956 UK 4 - Jul 1956 (1 week)
40 The Platters The Platters 1956 US BB 13 of 1956, RYM 166 of 1956
41 Benny Goodman Benny Goodman Story 1956 US BB 21 of 1956, RYM 102 of 1956
42 Four Freshmen Freshmen Favorites 1956 US BB 26 of 1956, RYM 96 of 1956
43 Les Baxter & his Orchestra Tamboo! 1956 US BB 27 of 1956, RYM 105 of 1956
44 London Cast Salad Days 1956 UK 5 - Sep 1956 (1 week)
45 Ahmad Jamal The Ahmad Jamal Trio 1956 US BB 36 of 1958, RYM 141 of 1956
46 George Shearing Black Satin 1956 US BB 40 of 1957, RYM 138 of 1956
47 Stan Kenton Kenton in Hi-Fi 1956 US BB 41 of 1956, RYM 69 of 1956
48 BB King The Incredible Soul of BB King 1956 Billboard 193 - Apr 1970 (2 weeks), RYM 158 of 1956
49 Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness 1956 Acclaimed 1104 (1956), RYM 13 of 1956
50 Count Basie April in Paris 1956 Acclaimed 1000 (1957), RYM 15 of 1956
51 Johnny Burnette Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n Roll Trio 1956 Acclaimed 637 (1956), RYM 41 of 1956
52 Clifford Brown & Max Roach At Basin Street 1956 Acclaimed 2209 (1956), RYM 19 of 1956
53 Modern Jazz Quartet Fontessa 1956 Acclaimed 1332 (1956), RYM 27 of 1956
54 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella & Louis Again 1956 Acclaimed 2967 (1956), RYM 21 of 1957
55 Big Joe Turner The Boss Of The Blues 1956 Acclaimed 1094 (1956), RYM 73 of 1956
56 Lester Young & Teddy Wilson Pres & Teddy 1956 Acclaimed 1740 (1956), RYM 33 of 1956
57 Jimmy Giuffre The Jimmy Giuffre 3 1956 Acclaimed 2083 (1956), RYM 32 of 1956
58 Johnny Smith Moonlight in Vermont 1956 Acclaimed 2578 (1956), RYM 34 of 1956
59 Lester Young The Jazz Giants 1956 Acclaimed 1931 (1956), RYM 54 of 1956
60 Serge Chaloff Blue Serge 1956 Acclaimed 2508 (1956), RYM 44 of 1956
61 Art Tatum Group Masterpieces Vol 8 1956 Acclaimed 1581 (1956), RYM 95 of 1956
62 Anita O'Day Pick Yourself Up With Anita O'Day 1956 Acclaimed 2194 (1956), RYM 77 of 1957
63 Max Roach Max Roach Plus Four 1956 Acclaimed 2438 (1956), RYM 68 of 1957
64 Fats Domino This Is Fats Domino! 1956 Acclaimed 2457 (1957), RYM 92 of 1956
65 George Russell Jazz Workshop 1956 Acclaimed 2137 (1956), RYM 180 of 1956
66 Original Soundtrack Picnic 1956 US BB 15 of 1956
67 Original Soundtrack The Man with the Golden Arm 1956 US BB 16 of 1956
68 Lawrence Welk Sparkling Strings 1956 US BB 17 of 1956
69 Lawrence Welk Bubbles In The Wine 1956 US BB 18 of 1956
70 Jackie Gleason Night Winds 1956 US BB 22 of 1956
71 Jackie Gleason Music To Change Her Mind 1956 US BB 24 of 1956
72 Minstrel Show Gentlemen Be Seated 1956 US BB 25 of 1956
73 Mark Lori Waltzes Of Irving Berlin 1956 US BB 28 of 1956
74 Jackie Gleason Jackie Gleason Plays Jazz 1956 US BB 29 of 1956
75 Mario Lanza Serenade 1956 US BB 30 of 1956
76 Paul Weston Solo Mood 1956 US BB 33 of 1956
77 Les Elgart Elegant Touch 1956 US BB 34 of 1956
78 Michel Legrand Castles In Spain 1956 US BB 36 of 1956
79 Lawrence Welk TV Favorites 1956 US BB 39 of 1956
80 Tennessee Ernie Ford Lustyland 1956 US BB 40 of 1956
81 Pat Boone Howdy! 1956 US BB 42 of 1956
82 Joe Budka Midnight Rhapsody 1956 US BB 43 of 1956
83 Four Lads On The Sunny Side 1956 US BB 44 of 1956
84 Fats Domino Rock and Rollin' with Fats Domino 1956 Acclaimed 1416 (1956)
85 BB King Singin' the Blues 1956 Acclaimed 2483 (1956)
86 Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie 1956 Acclaimed 2526 (1956)
87 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash With His Hot & Blue Guitar! 1956 RYM 8 of 1956
88 Miles Davis Walkin' 1956 RYM 10 of 1956
89 Ravi Shankar Three Ragas 1956 RYM 12 of 1956
90 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins 1956 RYM 14 of 1956
91 Dizzy Gillespie For Musicians Only 1956 RYM 16 of 1956
92 Moondog Moondog 1956 RYM 17 of 1956
93 Sonny Rollins Plus 4 1956 RYM 22 of 1956
94 Gene Vincent Bluejean Bop! 1956 RYM 23 of 1956
95 Charles Mingus Mingus at the Bohemia 1956 RYM 24 of 1956
96 Karlheinz Stockhausen Gesang der Junglinge 1956 RYM 26 of 1956
97 Moondog More Moondog 1956 RYM 28 of 1956
98 Art Blakey The Jazz Messengers 1956 RYM 29 of 1956
99 Odetta Odetta Sings Ballads & Blues 1956 RYM 31 of 1956
100 Bud Powell Jazz Giant 1956 RYM 35 of 1956

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16 Jun 2015

#65 - Picknick - Original Soundtrack

This Album Title should be Picnic (not Picknick).

Data fixed, thanks


6 Jun 2015

#73 - Freshmen Favorites

This group should be the Four Freshmen (not Freshmen).

Data fixed, thanks


6 Jun 2015

Double Listing +- +The Eddy Duchin Story

#14 & #28 are the same. The artist for this Original Soundtrack is Carmen Cavallaro (not Eddy Duchin).

Data fixed, thanks


21 Jan 2015

#7 - My Fair Lady - Original Cast

This album is #123 on RIAA Songs of the Century list. When you Google this allthe websites show the same list; (348) songs & (17) albums (clearly labeled). Your call.


20 Jan 2015

#4 - The King And I - Original Soundtrack

The Chart Entry - Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1951) needs to be removed from here and transferred to 1951 - The King And I - Original Cast (currently #30 in 1951).

We think that is now fixed, thanks


12 Dec 2014

#7 - My Fair Lady - Original Cast

This album is also on the RIAA List (#123).

Which RIAA list?