The Music of 1956

The Music of 1956

The soaring record industry explains the sheer abundance of great music produced in 1956. From all across the spectrum — jazz to rock ‘n’ roll to country to R&B — this was a landmark year. 

Elvis Presley’s debut LP showcased roots-oriented revolution, while the left-field of avant-garde jazz was raring to bring modernism to the main stage. And while it may look like I’m overrating several of the albums listed below, I assure you that their influence on modern music cannot be overstated.


Rock and Roll


Rhythm and Blues



  • Classical Check-Up
    • Glenn Gould
    • Luigi Nono
    • Ravi Shankar
    • Frank Sinatra
    • Karlheinz Stockhausen
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    • Heitor Villa-Lobos


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