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Best Albums of 1961

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1961 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 17,000 greatest album charts.

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1961 year summaryThe best artists of 1961 were Robert Johnson, John Coltrane, Etta James, Bill Evans, Ornette Coleman Double Quartet, Oliver Nelson, Patsy Cline, Bobby Bland, Thelonious Monk and Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

King of the Delta Blues Singers
Compilation
United States Robert Johnson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1961:1Rank Score:3,002
Rank in 1960s64Overall Rank:527
Average Rating:  81/100 (200 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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2.

My Favorite ThingsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1961Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1961:2Rank Score:1,792
Rank in 1960s83Overall Rank:838
Average Rating:  80/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1961Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1961:3Rank Score:1,067
Rank in 1960s123Overall Rank:1,296
Average Rating:  78/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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4.

Free Jazz: A Collective ImprovisationUnited States Ornette Coleman Double Quartet
Year of Release:1961Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1961:4Rank Score:696
Rank in 1960s172Overall Rank:1,850
Average Rating:  76/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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5.

Waltz For DebbyUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1961:5Rank Score:560
Rank in 1960s198Overall Rank:2,216
Average Rating:  73/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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6.

Sunday At The Village VanguardUnited States Bill Evans
Year of Release:1961Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1961:6Rank Score:477
Rank in 1960s214Overall Rank:2,507
Average Rating:  75/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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7.

The Blues And The Abstract TruthUnited States Oliver Nelson
Year of Release:1961Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1961:7Rank Score:339
Rank in 1960s253Overall Rank:3,369
Average Rating:  76/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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8.

ShowcaseUnited States Patsy Cline
Year of Release:1961Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1961:8Rank Score:313
Rank in 1960s263Overall Rank:3,586
Average Rating:  73/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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9.

Two Steps From The BluesUnited States Bobby Bland
Year of Release:1961Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1961:9Rank Score:256
Rank in 1960s301Overall Rank:4,193
Average Rating:  75/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

Thelonious Monk With John ColtraneUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1961Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1961:10Rank Score:231
Rank in 1960s318Overall Rank:4,566
Average Rating:  76/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of 1961 composition

Artist Albums %


Frank Sinatra 3 3%
Roy Orbison 2 2%
Elvis Presley 2 2%
Bill Evans 2 2%
John Coltrane 2 2%
The Shirelles 2 2%
Sarah Vaughan 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 103 86%
Italy 4 3%
France 4 3%
United Kingdom 4 3%
Canada 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
Argentina 1 1%
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